Never Summer SL Splitboard Review

by on June 24, 2011 in Snowboard Reviews

Never Summer SL Splitboard Review

The Never Summer SL Splitboard Review became my daily weapon of choice for backcountry missions in search of deep snow. Technology combined with accessible terrain has rejuvenated the sport of splitboarding and Never Summer Industries is once again leading the charge.

The NS Superlight wood core is incredibly lightweight under your feet while on long split tours, without sacrificing the durability that you would expect to find from Never Summer snowboards. When fully mounted the split weight will be heavier then your average snowboard yet will allow you to travel to places you had only dreamed of, away from all the crowds to untouched snow… The only time you feel the extra weight is pulling the board in and out of your car. 7.55 lbs, on a 161 SL split with hooks and clips to be exact.

According to Vince Sanders Never Summer Product Development Manager Never Summer’s patented R.C Technology’s allows you to keep the “nose planning off the contours of the snow, instead of constantly pushing against the snow”. We agree 100%, the SL Split magically keeps you from auguring into the snow. I would try my hardest to bury the nose while touring with no luck, this allowed me to focus all my energy on skinning up the hill and not digging out my skis. Flex Rating of 5.5 out of 10

Mike Hardaker Product Testing Never Summer SL Split Photo: Justin McCarty

Mike Hardaker Product Testing Never Summer SL Split Photo: Justin McCarty

The Never Summer SL is incredibly responsive especially for a splitboard. With the CDS Dampening System and lightweight wood core you can really move the board around with ease. 7 out of 10 on the Damp Meeter equals a smooth stable ride at higher speeds. In split touring mode the board “skied” really well, I was able to turn on a dime and brought back memories of skiing many moons ago. Remember pizza – pie…

I trust my life to my equipment in the backountry and am proud to be using Never Summer boards for my adventures. I always felt in control while riding the Never Summer SL split. As mentioned above the board was responsive in all snow conditions I threw its way. In touring mode with the extra set of medal edges on the inside rail you can really dig in to slopes while climbing uphill. This is heaven compared to the old splitboards that lacked the metal edge. There is nothing worse then sliding out backwards while trying to skin a peak in the backcountry, with the Never Summer SL Split you can forget all about those problems.

The the only feature I felt the board was lacking, was pop Sure I was able to get some fun airs, but the board did not load up like my Proto, SL or even the EVO. Granted I wanted the Never Summer SL Split for access long tours in the backcountry and to bag some big peaks around the state of Colorado, not so much for hitting kickers into the pow. The Never Summer SL still has freestyle flavor and makes for an amazing ride, however the weight and fact the board is split into 2 pieces makes me want to keep it on the ground and rip big turns..

Never Summer Splitboard Footage starts at 1:37 seconds into the video..
The only time I rode the board switch was while skating out of the backcountry using my ski poles to push while still strapped in. I am far from Travis Rice so when i was out bagging peaks around Crested Butte I kept my nose pointed down the hill at all times.

Buy one now before they sell out, period! Never Summer is the most well known snowboard brands in the state of Colorado and is gaining major popularity worldwide. These boards as we used to say at the Other Side Snowboard Shop are – “Bullet Proof”. With a 3 year warranty, a customer service and sales staff that is always available and real snowboarders why would you consider spending your money to have your board made by some corporate gorillas oversees? I have been riding Never Summer boards on and off for the past 10 years and have yet to break a board, have one delam or have any problems what so ever.. Maybe it’s time to see why all the hardcore riders are rocking Never Summer snowboards.

4.5 / 5 stars     

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