Board: Neversummer Snowtrooper
Camber Option: Original R.C. Tech. Camber under foot, reverse camber between the feet.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A mix of clouds, blue skies, high winds, no winds, frozen death chunder, ice, fresh snow, heavy snow, and perfect groomers.
Flex: This board comes in below a middle of the road flex, almost bordering on jib noodle. It was soft and playful throughout without any one area being stiffer or softer. There’s a lot of torsional flex which really allows you to twist the board whichever way you want.
Stability: Throw the idea of stability or dampness out the window. Never Summers are typically known for their damp ride, this board wasn’t damp. I could feel every ounce of chatter and every vibration in it. This board got bucked around in uneven terrain and at faster rates of speed the tips would flap.
Ollies: Dear god this board was dead. No matter how hard I engaged the camber zones on this board it just wouldn’t pop. I found myself having to do all the work to get it to send off anything whether a park feature or a sidehit. I will say that the best way to engage it was skate style so at least you could spring off your back or front foot and use your body to get it into the air.
Pop On Jumps: Non-existent. Literally nothing. The lip does all the work and even then it’s not enough. This board was just blah!
Butterability: Well on a plus side the abundance and way this camber profile is really lets you lean into a press. And by lean in I mean cheat because you can manipulate this board however you want. If you pop into a butter and put any effort into it you will over flex the shit out of it. The sweet spots in the tips are HUGE and you want to under exaggerate your movements to get it to lock in.
Jibbing: Under exaggerate your movements. Press lightly, because this board will buckle. It doesn’t even lock in it just sort of flexes over the feature and keeps going, you have to know when not to engage it.
Carving: Here’s the thing with carving on this board. It will do the job, it will do it OK, but if you push it even remotely hard, it’s going to wash out. Constantly I would take it to the danger zone and find that my toe or heel edge would slip out. It only gripped up to a point. Short quick non aggressive turns were where it stood out. Anything more and I found myself having to second guess how hard I could drive into the reverse camber and push off my tail. If you’re a mellow rider, it’s probably fine, if you’re aggressive this thing sucks.
Rider in Mind: I’d recommend this for someone just starting out or is progressing to a low level middle of the road rider.
Personal Thoughts: Is this thing supposed to be the modern incarnation of the old SL? Because it’s not. It’s not a quiver of one Swiss Army Knife like they claim, unless you’re a mellow rider that doesn’t push it. This thing rode more like the old Circuit than anything. Also this definitely does not have their original R.C. Tech in it, I put it side by side with a first generation SL and you could see the difference. It has a smaller reverse and camber zone. Overall this board was just so fucking meh. Never Summers are known for a damp ride, this wasn’t damp it was just dead and chattery.
Comparable Boards: Libtech Skate Banana, Ride Machete, Arbor Formula
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