The Never Summer Chairman Snowboard is a combination of the Never Summer Raptor and the Premier F1 that incorporates key elements of each board for the ultimate in backcountry destruction. This tapered directional freeride powerhouse is in a league of its own. Stiff and aggressive, it may not be suitable for most riders.
Never Summer Chairman Review
I tested the Never Summer Chairman Snowboard in boot-deep to chest-deep snow. It floats great through deep powder without a hitch. The tapered directional shape and low profile nose prevent it from submerging on even the deepest days. We never had a problem with the nose of the Chairman digging into the snow.
Featuring a slightly wider construction (even on the normal, non-wide sizes), the Chairman gives aggressive riders the extra stability needed to hold down huge backcountry lines without fail.
Super-stiff and ultra-damp, the Never Summer Chairman is the kind of board that aggressive freeriders dream about.
The new Chairman Power Grip Sidecut improves upon the traditional five-point design by adding two extra sidecut radii for a total of seven contact points. This translates into superior carving performance and great edge hold, even when you’re laying the board all the way over for some extreme Euro-style carving action.
It is worth noting, however, that the aggressive setup of the Never Summer Chairman takes a lot of muscle to control. The board locks into lines like a champ but requires a lot of input to power down the mountain.
The Chairman is not a beginner’s board. Experienced riders will understand how aggressive it really is at the end of a long day of riding. This aggressiveness penalizes you instantly for your mistakes. However, it is easy to recover your edge in turns.
Playfulness is difficult to judge on the Never Summer Chairman. With its extremely aggressive and ultra-stiff design, it’s definitely not the board for a park rider looking for a buttery jib machine. For someone that likes to jib and hit pow check out Mike’s 2016 Never Summer Type Two review.
However, the Chairman is able to take a beating in the backcountry and soak up nearly anything you can throw in its path. We took it through a veritable obstacle course of logs, jumps, cliffs, deep powder, and hardpack ice. Thanks to the RDS 1+ Damping System – RDS 1+ chatter was virtually eliminated from this snowboard.
It took each like a champ and landed flat and straight every time we aired it out.
Like all Never Summer snowboards, the Chairman comes with a 3-year limited warranty. Also like all Never Summer snowboards, the Chairman is virtually bulletproof.
With over 20 years in the game, Never Summer Industries knows what it takes to build a tough and durable snowboard. We were pleasantly surprised that the board showed almost no damage after use, even after riding over a fair amount of buried rocks.
It kills it on big backcountry lines: If you like to charge hard right out of the gates, and have the experience to back it up, then this Never Summer creation was built just for you. The Never Summer Chairman is a technical snowboard suited only for experienced riders that have the skill to handle an extremely aggressive board. It absorbs a ton of shock and vibration, allowing you to hit the high speeds that dreams are made of. Its tapered directional shape allows you to stay on top of deep powder and its brand new seven-point Chairman Power Grip Sidecut gives you all the control in the world.
For an experienced snowboarder who wants to comfortably straight-line at high speeds all over the mountain, then the Never Summer Chairman ($619.99) is the stick for you.