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.
Board: Never Summer Raptor
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
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB
My Weight: 165
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.