A while ago I decided wanted a pure freestyle deck. I heard numerous good things about NS decks. Thus, I started eyeing the System. I found a 155cm on eBay for an absurdly cheap price. The seller didn’t ride, and had no idea what she was sitting on. I was looking for the 151, but just couldn’t bring myself to not by the 155 because of the insane price. I bought it.
The System is listed as a freestyle board, and also Never Summer's softest deck. Their park/pipe board, the EVO, is listed as one step stiffer than the System, yet has a lower dampness rating. The SL, which is NS’s “all mountain freestyle” deck, is the same stiffness as the System, but it has a higher dampness rating (i.e. won’t feel the bumps in snow as much).
NS’s decks run on the stiff side. The fact that my System is their softest board is rather telling. Despite the fact that System was supposed to my “freestyle” deck, I bought another freestyle deck (Rome Graft 151) because the System was too stiff for the park for my tastes. The fact that their “park” board (EVO) is even stiffer is odd. I am sure people much more skilled than me could kill the park on the System or EVO, but I like really soft boards to help with jibbing, presses, and messy landings. The System really was just not that board.
So, what happened to my System? Well, it blew my mind as an “all-mountain freestyle” deck. So much so that I sold the current all-mountain board that I had. That said, IMHO System is an all-mountain board that lends itself more towards the “freestyle” end of the all-mountain spectrum than the “freeride” end of the spectrum. When I bomb a black at full tilt, it keeps me on my toes because it is not as stable as it could be. But it gets the job done. However, the System is SO solid, and SO perfect, and SO fun when freestyling off natural / groomed trail features. This is where the board really seems to excel. It is a little out of its element in the park, and a little out of it’s element on demon-speed runs, but it is heaven anywhere in between. I love mine to death, and will never get anything other than a NS deck again for non-park riding (Rome has me sold on that one!)
What is the point of this digression? Never Summer boards are stiffer than you would think. If your not expecting this, you may be in for a surprise. That said, and depending on what type of riding you do, you may want to be mindful of that fact when looking at what NS lists as their really stiff boards. Also, as someone already said, their decks do NOT have a weight limit on them. They are produced such that someone who is 220lbs could ride a 151.
Other than that, they are rock solid decks, handmade in the USA, and have a 3-year warranty (The System only has a 1-year, for some reason).
Hope this helps.
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