So it’s a new year and it’s time for that next new big thing from Never Summer to stoke out the fan-boys and get all the online forums talking about how much they want it. This year that board is the Cobra a mix of the Heritage and Proto with a hint of Sl/Legacy just for good measure. So how does this venomous serpent stack up?
Board: Never Summer Cobra
Camber Option: RC Technology. Reverse between the feet with camber zones under foot that start to mellow out towards the tips.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Blower powder, sunny skies, chunder, high winds, over cast skies, and just about everything you could throw at me.
Flex: Somewhere in the realm of slightly softer all mountain freestyle but not a true middle of the road flex. Anyone that’s ridden the SL and knows its flex pattern will recognize this things then. It’s stable but flexible in all the right places.
Stability: Standard Never Summer dampness that lets you run over an elephant and feel like it’s a garden hose.
Ollies: The new carbon in this board coupled with the RC tech lets you load up and pop this sucker as much as you want. When I was pillow mashing and popping off snowed over trees it was fun for tight little ollies.
Pop On Jumps: Going in hot to a lip and snapping it was highly predictable and exactly what you would expect. Nothing that threw you off balance our out of sync when making hot laps.
Butterability: That blunt shape gives you an awesome flat spot on the tips to just really play around. In pow this thing does gnarly pow butters and cuts right back around to let you ride out.
Jibbing: Not necessarily why you would buy this board but it gets the job done with ease. The blunt shape coupled with that sweet spot outside the RC Techs camber zone really lets you lock in.
Carving: Vario Grip gives you that nice little kink in the transition under foot that locks in for hard carves but doesn’t force you to ride the turn out. Over all tight or long turns weren’t a problem and were easily predictable with the sidecut.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants more than what the SL/Legacy could offer them. Think of it as taking your all mountain versatility to the next level with this board.
Personal Thoughts: Charging around the mountain through tight BMX style trees was a blast on this board you could get going hard pumping the track then hit a burm crank a hard turn and pop out into the pow. That’s when you throw a butter down and just go for it. Oh in some trees and there’s a log jib hit it and don’t fret. I look at this board as an SL/Legacy on crack and for the person that doesn’t want the stiffer flex of the Heritage.
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