Never Summer Funslinger Snowboard Review

Never Summer Funslinger Review Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Introducing a late release, the Never Summer Funslinger Snowboard was designed for the pipe and park but truly excels in the deep stuff. A soft twin tip freestyle snowboard, the Funslinger was designed with park riders in mind.

Never Summer Funslinger Review

The Never Summer Funslinger is aptly named. This is seriously the most fun snowboard I have ever ridden. If you’re the type of person who lives a “sideways” lifestyle (one who surfs, skates or wakeboards), I have no doubt that this will become a quiver killer.

The Funslinger has so much life to it! The response from heel to toe, and vice versa, is lightning-quick. I felt confidence lining up airs and loved the feeling of landing in deep snow with the Funslinger underfoot.

Since its a "Park" board we sessioned a bit inbetween pow runs, rider: Mike Hardaker

Since it’s a “park” board we sessioned a bit in between pow runs. Rider: Mike Hardaker

How Stable is this Snowboard?

We tested the board over the course of a few weeks by riding groomers, hardpack, and lots and lots of pow. The board is a bit on the light side, so if you’re zipping down a 4,000-foot face somewhere in AK, you may want to check out some of the Never Summer big mountain boards such as the Ripsaw or Cobra. However, if you are looking for a board that can easily handle your local ski resort or the backcountry, and truly make you a better snowboarder, look no further then the Never Summer Funslinger.

Thanks to a deeper asymmetrical heelside sidecut, the Funslinger really locks into heelside turns. No more fighting with your highback to get to your heels. What this equates to is amazing edge hold!

The Funslinger deserves views like this Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

The Funslinger deserves views like this Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

It’s pretty darn cool to see a snowboard that is being marketed as a “park” board that can also hold its own in deep snow. The Never Summer Funslinger just wants to float. There is something to be said for riding a twin tip board in the pow: it really allows you to bring freestyle tricks into the backcountry. The board planes through powder with ease. It can cut through windblown snow and really loves shedding blower pow from the nose.

Some boards are built to last a season, and others are bulletproof. The Never Summer Funslinger is definitely the latter. These boards are hand made in Denver by snowboarders who care about putting out quality products. For years Never Summer has been making boards that can handle the Rockies.

Stoked! Thanks Never Summer for making a pow surfers dream board! rider: Mike Hardaker | Bridger Bowl, MT

Stoked! Thanks, Never Summer, for making a pow surfer’s dream board! rider: Mike Hardaker | Bridger Bowl, MT

I ran the Funslinger over some rocks and was pleased to find only a few scratches on the base with no major impact damage. Try doing that to some of the more trendy board manufacturers out there, and odds are you will be singing a sob story to their warranty department. Good luck with that, by the way.

Overall Impression

Throw out your current snowboard and pick up a Never Summer Funslinger.

After 15 years on snow, I finally found a board that can dance with me down the mountain. A snowboard that actually feels like a surfboard, allowing my mind and body to work together to float through deep powder snow. Never Summer is making snowboarding easy again.

Everyone will surely love the Never Summer Funslinger ($519.95)! That means you too.

Thinking you might want something a little stiffer version than the Funslinger? If so check out my *new Never Summer Type Two Snowboard Review, as it’s like the Funlinger meets the Ripsaw.

5
Never Summer Funslinger
Waiting for product details ...

About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief.

21 Comments on "Never Summer Funslinger Snowboard Review"

  1. is the funslinger much lighter than the proto type 2?

  2. What bindings did you use? How soft\ stiff were they?

  3. How does this board handle steep groomers at speeds? I will be riding this board in Whistler and Revelstoke. I am asking because when there is no pow here we got to ride hard pack grooms and ice.

    • Glenn,

      Honestly I have no clue as I don’t really ride groomers anymore.. Or have a ski pass for that matter. It did well in steep, deep backcountry lines. A few of our testers did rip this board around Jackson Hole Mountain Resort without any issue. Keep in mind it’s a bit on the softer side compared to some of the other NS boards.

      Revi may see some snow late this season, El Nino is setting up again. Look for a similar winter like we had last year.

      Mike

      • Glenn the 156 should be just about right, just like the 3 little bears. Especially since you have been rocking a 54 evo, this board is a bit softer so going up a size is smart.

        • Done! I just purchased the Funslinger. Super stoked! Now all I need now is snow. I can post up a a little review of what I thought of the Funslinger if you want. Could help the other readers make a decision if they are in the same situation as me.

          Thanks again Mike!

          • Mike Hardaker | October 19, 2015 at 1:40 PM |

            Glen,

            Solid work, please do share your thoughts on the board. PS Where did you buy it from

          • Hey Glenn.. Now that you have the funslinger how would you compare it to the Evo? I am thinking of switching over from my Evo but not sure if it will make that big of a significant change.

    • Mike,

      Actually my brother on the east coast bought for me at 30% discount as it was last years model. I most definitely will post my thoughts on it after i ride it.

  4. I bought a funslinger last year at the end of the season and I’ve been eagerly waiting to ride it I’m 5″8′ 125 lbs ride the 154 and I love it to the death

  5. Thanks for super quick response! I am 5’9 so theoretically Funslinger 153 fits me better for park. I guess your low weight to height ratio contributed to that great float in pow. I still want Funslinger for my park, all mountain freestyle board but will probably need more powder oriented stick for when it’s dumping. Cheers

    • Mike Hardaker | April 14, 2015 at 8:54 AM | Reply

      Yeah you might want to also look into one of Never Summer’s burly all mountain boards for a sick pow ripper. I grew up surfing so like to try and be really light going down the hill. Let us know what you think about the Funslinger, bet yet come up to Jackson Hole and take mine out for a lap or three!!

      -Mike

  6. Thanks for your review Mike. What size Funslinger have you tested and what is your weight? I am trying to figure out what size I need to get enough float. Cheers!

    • Mike Hardaker | April 14, 2015 at 8:22 AM | Reply

      I weight 145 and we tested the 156. Hope that helps, it handled everything we threw at it with ease! Top to bottom amazing board. Appreciate you checking out the site. How tall are you. I am 5’11

      -Mike

  7. Thanks for the review. I just ordered my slinger. I cant wait to suit up and shred. I currently have a Burton bullet which is a good beginner all mountain but as my skill level progresses and I start to ride more switch I wanted a board that will both help improve my skills and be predictable through all mountain terrain. Based on this review i dont think I will be disappointed. And its made in the USA. A total win/win!

  8. I demoed this in a 157X AND LOVED IT, I am a big dude and this stick ripped up the park with the greatest of ease!

  9. This board is a great park board! Holds a edge when you need it but is still playful!

  10. Why is the review of a park board all done in the side country?

    • Mike Hardaker | January 8, 2015 at 4:01 PM | Reply

      John,

      The Never Summer Funslinger is “marketed” as a park board however our team found it worked really good in the pow. We did session some park laps and the board was fun, poppy and holds a nice edge going into the jumps. The Mountain Weekly News tend to focus on freeriding and backcountry riding, that being said checkout the Good Ride to see how the board is reviewed for park riding..

Leave a comment


*