The SL is the longest running deck in Never Summers line up. Known for their damp stable ride and R.C. Tech the SL lives up to the hype of being their best selling model. I personally haven’t ridden the SL in years but here’s how it stacked up.
Board: Never Summer SL
Camber Option: R.C. Technology. A mix of camber under foot and reverse camber between the feet.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, firmer slush, a little bit of sticky snow in spots, and what was left of the best park in North America and in my opinion the world.
Flex: Little softer in the nose stiffening up in between the feet, and then just a hair stiffer in the tail. Over all I’d call it as being just a bit above mid flex for an all mountain deck.
Stability: If you know Never Summer then you can bank on the fact that the board will be damp and smooth in any kind of terrain. This board lives up to that as it was push mound heaven and
Ollies: There’s pop but nothing that stands out as being outstanding. It’s enough to get the job done while crusing around the mountain.
Pop On Jumps: It’s enough to load the tip up and pop medium to larger kickers with ease.
Butterability: Just put a bit more effort into it for maximum margarine goodness otherwise you can cheat it if you want due to the R.C. Tech.
Jibbing: The board locks in really well for presses and the sweet spot isn’t as good as the blunted shape on the Proto or Evo.
Carving: The Vario Power Grip locks in for hard carves as well as minor set up turns. It gives great control under foot.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain guy that dabbles in the park occasionally and still plays around in the powder when it happens.
Personal Thoughts: If you’re looking for better pop go with a Proto or Evo that blunt shape just has better initiation. Over all though there’s a reason this board is a staple in the Never Summer line. If you’re doing more all mountain than park this might be the deck for you.
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