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2014 Neversummer Heritage X

Board Stats:
  • Size: 163w
  • Waist: 26.8
  • Edge: 127
  • Sidecut: Vario 770
  • Tip/Tail: 31.5
  • Flex: 6
  • Damp: 7

Technical Features:
  • Carbonium Topsheet
  • Carbonium Laminate Technology
  • Original Rocker Camber Profile
  • Vario Power Grip Sidecut
  • STS Pretensioned Fiberglass
  • Bi lite Fiberglass
  • NS Superlight Woodcore
  • CDS Dampening System
  • Elastomeric Underfoot Stabilizers
  • Sintered P tex Sidewall
  • Durasurf XT Sintered 5501 Base
  • P tex Tip and Tail Protection
  • Full Wrap Metal Edge
  • 3 Year Warranty

What Neversummer Says:

Like the freecarve inspired Raptor, the Carbonium Series Heritage is equipped with our new NS SuperLight woodcore and extensive carbon reinforcement (Carbon Laminate Technology) to power this big mountain board anywhere. Super snappy, yet powerful and lightweight, the Heritage is comfortable charging full speed down groomers and in the trees with absolutely no sacrifice in quality and durability.

Heritage X - A wide version of the original

Primary Review Location: Washington Cascades

Rider Stats:

  • Height: 6'3"
  • Weight: 198lbs
  • Age: 31
  • Sex: Male
  • Stance: Goofy, roughly 23", 9,-9
  • Riding Level: Advanced Freeride, Beginner Intermediate Freestyle
  • Preferred Terrain: Steeps, Trees, Powder, Backcountry
  • Experience: Began riding in 1997, stopped riding around 2002, got back into riding in winter 2009, have spent last 2 season instructing for a local ski/snowboard school

Initial Impression:

First off, this board looks fantastic. Secondly, it's well built. And thirdly, after riding it mostly everywhere, it's a tank. The dampness really eats up the crud, and the edgehold is on point. It's fairly stiff, but not so stiff that it feels dead. I'll add a full review as the season winds down. And there will be pictures as well.

Full review to follow.
 

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2014 Neversummer Heritage X

Board Stats:
  • Size: 163w
  • Waist: 26.8
  • Edge: 127
  • Sidecut: Vario 770
  • Tip/Tail: 31.5
  • Flex: 6
  • Damp: 7

Technical Features:
  • Carbonium Topsheet
  • Carbonium Laminate Technology
  • Original Rocker Camber Profile
  • Vario Power Grip Sidecut
  • STS Pretensioned Fiberglass
  • Bi lite Fiberglass
  • NS Superlight Woodcore
  • CDS Dampening System
  • Elastomeric Underfoot Stabilizers
  • Sintered P tex Sidewall
  • Durasurf XT Sintered 5501 Base
  • P tex Tip and Tail Protection
  • Full Wrap Metal Edge
  • 3 Year Warranty

What Neversummer Says:

Like the freecarve inspired Raptor, the Carbonium Series Heritage is equipped with our new NS SuperLight woodcore and extensive carbon reinforcement (Carbon Laminate Technology) to power this big mountain board anywhere. Super snappy, yet powerful and lightweight, the Heritage is comfortable charging full speed down groomers and in the trees with absolutely no sacrifice in quality and durability.

Heritage X - A wide version of the original

Primary Review Location: Washington Cascades

Rider Stats:

  • Height: 6'3"
  • Weight: 198lbs
  • Age: 31
  • Sex: Male
  • Stance: Goofy, roughly 23", 9,-9
  • Riding Level: Advanced Freeride, Beginner Intermediate Freestyle
  • Preferred Terrain: Steeps, Trees, Powder, Backcountry
  • Experience: Began riding in 1997, stopped riding around 2002, got back into riding in winter 2009, have spent last 2 season instructing for a local ski/snowboard school

Initial Impression:

First off, this board looks fantastic. Secondly, it's well built. And thirdly, after riding it mostly everywhere, it's a tank. The dampness really eats up the crud, and the edgehold is on point. It's fairly stiff, but not so stiff that it feels dead. I'll add a full review as the season winds down. And there will be pictures as well.

Full review to follow.
Nice, can't wait for the meat and potatoes :thumbsup:
 

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Review--

Well, here is where I will finally share some thoughts on this board since my season is now pretty wound down. First off, I really enjoyed riding this board in the majority of the conditions I rode it in. It handles steeps, trees and powder just fine. It handles jumps and drops quite well also. Where I felt it didn't perform up to it's ability was in the slushy spring snow. I'll get to that shortly. First though, let's talk about what it does well, and why I feel it does it well.


This board rips the steeps and charges through crud in a way that I didn't even realize was possible until I got on it. I mean, this is what it was designed for. If you need a stiff, damp board for hard charging steeps, pow, and groomers with some park jumps and natural drops thrown in for good measure, then this board will certainly serve you well. The Heritage is a board that I found always wants to be pointed down the fall line. It doesn't like to traverse, it likes to go. This board is pretty stiff, and definitely damp. Neversummer says it has a flex rating of 6, but I'd give it more like a solid 7. It really is stiffer than I originally expected. What I noticed about the stiffness is that it makes the sweet spot for ollies a little harder to find, but once you get it dialed, it will boost you pretty good. This was most evident on park jumps. Neversummer rates the dampness as a 7 and I'd say they were pretty spot on with that one. It eats up chop and crud so that you as a rider don't have to. The edge to edge response on this board was impressive as well, especially since it's a wide, and that's where a wide usually lacks. I really had no issues with making quick short radius turns in the trees, and high speed quick turn on groomers. You know, the kind that come up from dodging little kids and their skier parents. ;) It also handles switch well due to it's twin tip and tail.


Now, where I felt this board struggled was in the spring slush. The reason I think it struggled in it is due to the stiffness. In spring slush, the inherent nature of the board to want to point straight downhill combined with the stiffness of the board made it hard to keep the board from wanting to dig in and throw you "over the bars" on every little turn. Also, since it's fairly stiff, it didn't take to going up and down over the big springtime bumps that form up as well as my Proto HDX did. It just always wanted to send me flying off of them unless I really reminded myself to keep super loose. However, on the spring park jumps, it was great because you really only needed to point it and go to have enough speed to clear whatever gap was in front of you. And the stiffness made it plenty stable. Of course, freestyle park riding is not what this deck was made for, but it is serviceable. Just don't try to jib it. It feels completely dead underfoot and is super twitchy on boxes. I always felt sketched hitting them, and never got comfortable with it. I didn't hit any rails with it. Perhaps someone with better jibbing skills than me would feel different about it, but I kind of doubt it.


So, to wrap up here, the Heritage X is the wide version of the Heritage. They both have the same tech in them, just one is built for bigger kids, like myself. I would definitely recommend this board to someone looking for a freeride deck that can charge groomers, and be more than serviceable in pow, while still allowing them to get their freestyle on. The carbonium topsheet is beautiful to look at and makes a stomp pad completely un-necessary. When the pow gets chopped and turns to end of day crud, this board is till fun to ride since it just cuts right through. One thing I think would benefit this deck would be the addition of the low rise tip and tail, and the extended transition, like my Proto HDX has. This board is a little bit task specific to be a true "quiver killer", but it sure comes close. All in all, it's a fun board to ride. :) If you have questions, feel free to ask, I'll answer them as best as I can. Next on my review list is the Proto HDX, but I'm not done riding that one quite yet. The snow isn't gone out here in the PNW. :D
 

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It has a twin tip and tail, but a little bit of setback. Thus, directional twin.
 

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I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure that the main differences are these three features....NS Superlight Woodcore, CDS Dampening System, and Elastomeric Underfoot Stabilizers. There could be more, I really don't know. I didn't ride the 2013 Heritage X.
 

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I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure that the main differences are these three features....NS Superlight Woodcore, CDS Dampening System, and Elastomeric Underfoot Stabilizers. There could be more, I really don't know. I didn't ride the 2013 Heritage X.
Only the Elastomeric Stabilizers (basically a bit of rubber at the inserts) are new this season.
 

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Only the Elastomeric Stabilizers (basically a bit of rubber at the inserts) are new this season.
When in doubt, go to the source. From the NS website:
Like the freecarve inspired Raptor, the Carbonium Series Heritage is equipped with our new NS SuperLight woodcore and extensive carbon reinforcement (Carbon Laminate Technology) to power this big mountain board anywhere.
The Elastomeric Stabilizers are new as well, though they're just kind of glossed over on the NS website.
 

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Only the Elastomeric Stabilizers (basically a bit of rubber at the inserts) are new this season.
When in doubt, go to the source. From the NS website:
Like the freecarve inspired Raptor, the Carbonium Series Heritage is equipped with our new NS SuperLight woodcore and extensive carbon reinforcement (Carbon Laminate Technology) to power this big mountain board anywhere.
The Elastomeric Stabilizers are new as well, though they're just kind of glossed over on the NS website.
Aaaand wrong again. Should have had some doubts and done more research - the above sentence has been the brochure copy on the Heritage for at least 3 iterations by now.
 

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Aaaand wrong again. Should have had some doubts and done more research - the above sentence has been the brochure copy on the Heritage for at least 3 iterations by now.
Look, I don't sell snowboards, nor have I ever sold them. I haven't seen the last three years of brochures. Someone asked a question, I did my best to answer it, then you came in with a know-it-all attitude just to show me how wrong I was. I showed you where I got the info and why I believed what I did and you still gotta come at me like I'm some kind of complete idiot. Heaven forbid that I take the manufacturers website as the correct info.

Nice review nwboarder. Glad I got my eyes on this one now.
Thanks. :)
 
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