Never Summer Raptor My Take

For this past season the last board in the Never Summer line up that remained with camber was the Titan. For next season this board is replaced with the Raptor a directional freeride board that promises to keep the same level of greatness the Titan provided but deliver the added benefits of their R.C. technology.

Raptor on the far left

Board: Never Summer Raptor

Size: 159

Camber Option: Never Summers R.C. Technology which features a reverse between the feet and a micro’d camber section out in the tips. This board has the freeride R.C. so longer camber in the nose  and shifted rear rocker area, which did change the way it rode.

Bindings: K2 Formulas

Stance: 22.5

Angles: 18 negative 15

Boots: K2 T1 DB

My Weight: 165

Resort: Breckenridge

Conditions: Pow and firm groomers

Preconceived Notions: When I first heard that this board was replacing the Titan a deck I was a little bit giddy that their hardest charging freeride board was going R.C. The Titan and I have a checkered past from dropping cliffs and railing turns to destroying patches of Aspens in Steamboat.

Flex: This is a straight freeride board there’s no denying that. In terms of flex the R.C. makes it softer than the old Titan.

Stability: Never Summers known for its dampness and this deck definitely had that, when plowing through iced up chunder it did its job without any effort.

Ollies/Pop: This thing had some serious snap to it when you loaded it up and yes it was better to load it up like regular camber to get the pop you wanted out of it.

Butterability: It’s R.C. you can do it but it’s a freeride board why bother?

Cruising: This is where it was different than the other Never Summer decks with R.C. Technology. In order to get it to initiate turns I had to pop it into its edge. Basically jump on edge but once on edge you could lay a carve like no other it was just getting that initiation to start the carve that was the biggest problem. Now add the pop of the tail into a hard carve and you could really drive this thing through anything you wanted.

Jibbing: Hahaha didn’t even bother.

Rider in Mind: That die hard charger that’s going to muscle their deck through anything and charge the fuck out of all lines.

Personal Thoughts: I was kind of disappointed in this board, the Titan was always a fun ride for just insane charging lines, but this thing with how you had to initiate turns was kind of lacking. I can safely say out of all the NS decks I’ve ridden/owned this one is definitely not for me in any way shape or form. Can’t deny this though the board is light as hell to the point you’re like is this even a Never Summer.

What They Say: Sleek design and graphics inspired by the F/A 22 fighter jet, the Raptor is our flagship high-performance freeride/freecarve snowboard. We’ve taken our legendary Titan freeride model to a new level in carving, stability, and all mountain versatility by reinforcing the new NS superLight wood core with our new extensive Carbonium Laminate Technology. The result is a lightweight ultimate freeride weapon that has unmatched power and response. We’ve also created a new directional Rocker/Camber profile specifically for the Raptor that combines a longer front camber and rear shifted rocker which increases carving performance, high speed stability, and powder floatation. The Carbonium Damping System (CDS) eliminates excess vibration, and the lightweight super-durable Carbonium tophseet sets this board apart from all others.

18 Comments

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  2. Gnar Gnar Harvey says:

    Never Summer is a reliable brand. I demo’d a few NS’s when i rode in Breck last year.

  3. Gnar Gnar Harvey says:

    The evo was a pretty nice ride.

  4. dave says:

    Know you love ns so your honesty here on the raptor is super cool. I thought about getting this deck, but will look even harder at sl-r and legacy-r instead of raptor.

  5. Heritage is another option to check out with NS.

  6. Snowfox says:

    What about the Premier? It’s supposed to almost fill the same niche ne? Or does it have a similar problem with having to work too hard to initiate turns?

  7. I haven’t been on the new premier but that board has a different shape and is designed a bit more as a powder freeride board with the slight pintail. The Raptor is the hard charging going to leave trenches in the terrain board.

  8. Beasty says:

    Sad to see that every NS board is RC for 2011. They do a good job with RC on the Evo, Premier and SLR but why the Titan/Raptor? They should leave one board in their line with camber but I guess RC is soo Hansel these days.

  9. Cause camber is old and sucks. Their R.C. tech you can ride it anywhere without any problems.

  10. dave says:

    Just wondering if you ever got around to trying the new premier?

    Do you think you like the heritage more than you would the premier because of its twin tip vs. the premiers slight pintail for going fakie?

  11. Premier really hasn’t changed since they made it with the R.C. Technology. If I was doing straight lines and not spinning off things I might go for it, but my style is more slash it here, pop over that rock, tap a tree, then go switch for a bit.

  12. dave says:

    Cool! thanks as always.

  13. dave says:

    I like that kind of riding too because pow lasts about 1/2 day at the bird then I want to freeride and have a board to cruise around the mountain with. I was seriously looking at the premier, but like to go fakie etc and I wasn’t sure about that semi pintail shape after the pow was all done. But i need a board that can handle steep and deep on a pow day, but then be able to freeride around the mountain(no park riding, just natural hits around mountain) so I am really looking hard at the heritage and the eecco. Can eecco handle steeper lines for pow mornings? or does it sound like the heritage would work out better for me?

  14. marc says:

    Given your style of riding, would you rather the Ride Highlife or NS Raptor? I’m between picking one of these 2 sticks, kinda like your style and like doing park jumps (no rails) as well.

    Also, what would be the drawback for getting wide vs regular width?

    Cheers…

  15. Well if you have a big foot get a wide if you don’t then don’t get one it’s a pretty easy concept to understand. As far as my personal style goes I’d rather ride a k2 Jibpan for everything but that’s not going to happen so if I had to choose between the two I’d go Highlife the whole directionalism of the Raptor just throws me off.

  16. marc says:

    Thnx for reply. @ 11.5 boots I can fit on a 164 with 257 ww (close call), or 163W with 266 ww. Can I assume wide is more stable at speed and jumps. Regular is tighter edge to edge & easier (relatively speaking) to throw around. Given the choice, your preference would be for the wide or regular? Much apprecaited. Cheers…

  17. Wide boards are the exact same as the regular just built for a bigger foot there’s no difference in dimensions of the sidecut. Go with a wide.

  18. marc says:

    Thnx! Much appreciated. Cheers…

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