2014 Never Summer Raven 156
Women, are you tired of buying men’s boards due to the lack of aggressive female models available? The Raven could be your board. It has all the perks and benefits of riding a men’s board, with out the clunky edge-to-edge movements when dealing with a waist width that was meant for bigger feet. The directional cut and flex, combined with the dampening system makes this the ultimate, ride fast now, hold solid on in sketchy gnar and slay technical steeps with ease.
The conditions I have ridden this board in, include technical packed snow steeps, bumps and a variety of pow conditions. My first overall impression is that this board is lively as all get out. The edge-to-edge transition is so smooth and seamless, that once you trust the board, steeps riding become much easier. The dampening is key for what one often encounters in side country, slightly less then ideal snow pack. Once this board is on the groom there is still plenty of camber to hold a race style turn and there is no worries about keeping up with the boys.
The downside, if you are looking for the one board quiver killer, this may not be for you. The flex pattern makes landing spins switch a little uncomfortable and you really have to work to get it to ollie or pop to jump. I have never taken it on rails, as I never felt safe enough with this stick to do so. Natural drops felt happy, as it can handle the speed required for the landing more then a smaller park board or even traditional women’s flex boards.
The bottom line is that this board is excellent at what it was designed to do. I would highly encourage any women on men's boards right now to give this a fling, as it may just be the missing link. For me personally, this is not my everyday resort riding board, but I am salivating over the idea of the Raven split board to come.
A little bit about me:
I started riding in the 90's when it was what all the cool kids were doing. I have spent that last ten years instructing and training others to be instructors as well. I was born and raised a heavy NW pow rider, but have recently moved to the Northern Rockies and home base at Whitefish Mountain Resort. You can find me in a number of places on the hill. I side country quite a bit and spend one to two days a week on a split board. I also enjoy a sunny park session and on slushy days can be found riding slushy bumps to jump lines. I would mostly describe my style as playful, as I like to milk every little jump or shifty out of a run. A true definition of an all mountain rider.
Pictured below, The Raven at Kicking Horse on the fabled Powder Hwy of the Canadian Rockies. She hiked to the top of terminator peak (farthest point).