Never Summer SL Splitboard Review 2013-2014

by on April 24, 2013 in Snowboard Reviews

Never Summer SL Splitboard Review 2013-2014

Freestyle radness has entered into the back country world via the 2013-2014 Never Summer SL Splitboard. The graphics have not changed much over the years but the board sure has.

Never Summer worked with their R&D guys, their Pro team and in house employees to create the Never Summer SL splitboard.


Click here from more information on the Never Summer SL splitboard

I never thought I would be buttering a splitboard and trying to pop off every little hit like I was riding the resort.

Never Summer Industries boards are all hand made in Denver, Colorado.

The team has been cranking out sought after shred sticks for over 20 years and continues to be an industry leader in innovation.

You won’t have to look far to see a Never Summer board at your local hill or other brands using the technology they patented known as R.C. Technology, aka Rocker & Camber.

Riding a Never Summer boards truly gives you the best of both worlds in terms of rocker and camber snowboard profiles. When the two are combined, utopic nirvana ensues.

The board floats effortless through powder, is virtually impossible to dig the nose in, can carve like no body’s business and get the job done overall.

Lets not forget that Never Summer snowboards are virtually bullet proof and come with a 3 year limited warranty.

I setup the board using Voile pucks and Spark R&D Bindings. The only down side I saw with this board or actually the only improvement would come from using the Karakorum locking clips and Karakorum nose and tail clamps.

There was virtually no space between the board however it can always be tightened up a bit.

Never Summer SL SplitboardWhere I thought this board really excelled was in the heavier wetter snow, if you ride in the Pacific Northwest this is the board your going to want to rock next winter for touring the back country and slack country off the resort.

Obviously the board worked really well in blower powder too, it’s truly what Never Summer snowboards were built around shredding light powder with rocks lurking under the surface. They are a Colorado company after all.

Touring was a breeze on the Never Summer SL Splitboard as well, the board sliced through fresh snow and chunder like nobody’s business.

I really liked having a traditional P-Tex sidewall when doing kick turns and for trying to grip into steep slopes on the ascent.

Going up was as much fun as going down on this board!

My overall impression on the Never Summer 2013-2014 SL Splitboard is Epic! I would rate this board 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The only improvement I would like to see is for NS to switch to Karakorum. As soon as these go on sale buy one.

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  • Barrows

    Is it just me, or is this a terrible “review”? Nothing against the board, but I cannot glean anything from this “review” which tells me how it rides?

    How about stability at speed: maybe a good test would be to come blasting out of a steep line straightlining, and then hitting some soft avy debris…

    How ’bout handling in the steeps?

    How ’bout float in the deep?

    How ’bout discussing how it performs in long, short and medium radius turns at different speeds?

    How ’bout discussing how smoothly it transitions from arc to smear and back during a turn?

    How ’bout discussing how it handles difficult snow conditions, like a breakable crust?

    How ’bout discussing how much edge grip there is, and how easy it is for the rider to make the edges grip, or slide as needed?

    This “review” seems to mostly regurgitate the features mentioned in promotional materials for the board. Perhaps the “reviewer” would be better off testing the board, and writing the review, before reading Never Summer’s marketing blurbs…
    It is “reviews” like this which contribute to the appalling lack of understanding of how snowboards work among even many experienced riders.

    • Mike Hardaker

      When you start getting next years boards sent to you then feel free to write some reviews. Thanks for the worthless comment. Take your spam to Freeskiers boards or stay in the NW kook..

      • bobgnarly

        Another “free board” sent out. Another glowing NS review!