Neepo that little Norwegian snowboard brand that makes their boards in the U.S. was able to send us their reverse cambered model the Antifuture. One thing to always look at with little brands is how good is the quality as well as the engineering behind it. These guys don’t disappoint.
Board: Neepo Antifuture
Camber Option: Center reverse camber.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: High winds, blue skies, serious sunshine, colder temps, and some left over heavy pow.
Flex: This board is soft. The tips have a lot of give in them and then under foot to between the feet it stiffens up. The torsional flex has a lot of give to it making center twisting ultra easy. Over all this is a park stick that’s better at jibbing than charging the rest of the park or the mountain.
Stability: The tips flap when you’re straight lining it through chunder, heavy powder, whump bumps, or varying terrain. You can feel every little nuance in the snow under foot.
Ollies: There’s snap in this deck that’s actually really fun. It reminds me of a skateboard where you can just pop it at the last minute and it will boost.
Pop On Jumps: I wouldn’t send big jumps with it but small to medium ones it takes them with ease.
Butterability: The blunt shape and the softer flex really come into play when you’re buttering. Just snap a ollie land on the nose or tail and press real hard on this deck. This board is just fun for playing around on the snow with.
Jibbing: This is its strong suit. It locks so well into rails that it never becomes an issue of whether or not you’ll make it to the end.
Carving: You can rail turns on this but the problem is the softer tips sometimes kick out of the carve or turn it into a skidded turn. Don’t expect this to be the board for winning a carving contest on.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that likes a softer center reverse camber that’s better at jibbing or buttering.
Personal Thoughts: This was my first time riding a Neepo and I would have to say I was surprised at how well this board did at jibbing and playing around on the snow. The snap out of the tips was great for boosting over natural rollers or popping out of the heavy powder and doing 180’s into butters. The other cool thing is that while these guys utilize a tucked edge they put it further up the kick in the tips than other companies. All in all it’s a fun fuck around stick but not something to get ultra aggressive on.
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Disclaimer: This board was lent to us for product review from the Neepo Snowboards marketing department.