Board: 2017 Never Summer Twenty Five
Type: Directional All-Mountain/Freeride/Carving
Camber Option: RipSaw camber profile (rocker between feet, heavy camber underfoot)
Rider Weight: 150 LBS
Resort: Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado
Conditions: 16” of fresh powder over 48hrs mixed with groomer runs. Sunny skies.
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -12° binding angles
Highlights: The Never Summer Twenty Five is a stiff and aggressive snowboard built for charging with speed, exploring, and powder. The overall rocker dominant profile helps with turn initiation and powder, and is the only forgiving feature in this snowboard. The two biggest highlights on the Twenty Five is how well it is able to carve, and how much stability it provides. This is one of the stiffest snowboards I have tested.
Carving & Edge Hold: The level you are able to take carving to on this snowboard is probably the biggest standout for me. I would wager that you will find your own limits before you find the limit of this snowboard. The side cut is aggressive and is great for high speed carving with incredible edge hold, while the shorter tail makes the snowboard very maneuverable. This is a responsive and aggressive board, you will want to focus on what is happening with your edges on the snow as you carve. The Twenty Five is also a very lively board and allows you to feel every little bump underfoot, I found this to make uneven terrain more of a challenge.
Flex: This is a very stiff snowboard, one of the stiffest boards I’ve ever ridden. I found both the nose and tail to be very stiff and difficult to flex, I would rate the flex at around an 8/10. This stiff flex makes the board very stable, but this thing will not bend without exerting a lot of effort.
Stability: One of the most stable boards you’ll find, despite having a rocker dominant profile. I took this board up to some very high speeds and felt in control the whole time while experiencing almost no chatter. The Never Summer Twenty Five also charges well through uneven terrain, but the stiff flex creates the potential to send you into the air if you are riding sloppy.
Butters: You can do butters on this snowboard, but I didn’t think it was very enjoyable; I was really focused on trying not to catch my edge the whole time. This really comes down to the stiff and aggressive nature of the snowboard, its not built for buttering.
Pop/Snap: While this snowboard is difficult to flex, I will say that it does hold tension very well and provides some nice pop when you snap your ollie. This isn’t really a board where I would see you ollieing much, but if you want to, it’s there. One of my favorite moves on this guy was approaching a roller in a toe side carve, then ollieing the roller and landing in a heel side carve. Very fun.
Switch: This is a directional snowboard and has a different feel to it when riding switch, but you can feel it out and get comfortable with it so that you’re able to ride switch in a pinch.
Recommendations: The Never Summer Twenty Five is a great choice for the experienced rider looking for something that can take on steep lines, swivel through tree lines, and carve up groomers; it’s also going to be a solid choice on powder days providing lots of float. I would recommend this snowboard to intermediate riders and up due to the directional shape, stiff flex, and aggressive feel it provides.
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