2014 Never Summer SL Splitboard Review

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2014 Never Summer SL Splitboard Review
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Freestyle radness has entered into the backcountry with the new Never Summer SL Splitboard. The graphics on the SL haven’t changed much over the years but the board sure has. Never Summer worked with their R&D guys, their team riders and in house employees to create a splitboard that is perfect for your next backcountry adventure.

Float

The 2014 Never Summer SL splitboard was designed to float effortless through deep snow. With a setback stance it is virtually impossible to dig the nose in. This board has a nice blend of RC technology (rocker-camber).

Stability

Riding Never Summer snowbboards gives you the best of both worlds in terms of rocker and camber profiles. When the two are combined, “utopic nirvana ensues”. Where I thought this board really excelled was in the heavier wetter snow found out in the Pacific Northwest. Obviously the board worked really well in light density powder too, it was able to hold edge in chunder snow, steeps and even icy conditions which can be found routinely while touring in Colorado.

Playfulness

Touring was a breeze on the Never Summer SL Splitboard as well, the board sliced through fresh snow like nobody’s business. In my wildest dreams I never thought I would be buttering a splitboard or trying to pop off every little hit like I was riding the resort, the Never Summer SL changed the way I think about riding a split.

Durability

Never Summer snowboards are virtually bullet proof and come with a 3 year limited warranty. I really liked having a traditional P-Tex sidewall when doing kick turns and for trying to grip into steep slopes on the ascent. Plus the boards are hand made in Denver, Colorado by snowboarders!

Overall Impression

Going up on the Never Summer SL Splitboard was as much fun as going down. I setup the board using Voile pucks and Spark R&D Bindings. If you like to throw a bit of freestyle into your riding and are the type of rider that seeks out untracked slopes, the Never Summer SL Splitboard will make for a great addition to your quiver.

Never Summer SL Splitboard
4 / 5 RATING      

Mike Hardaker

Founder & Editor of the Mountain Weekly News.
All about surfing, snowboarding, my dog, and live music.

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