Never Summer Snowtrooper Snowboard Review

Never Summer Snowtrooper Snowboard

The Never Summer Snowtrooper Snowboard is a directional twin tip board designed around the tried-and-true Never Summer SL/Legacy models. The Snowtrooper features a slight setback stance and, as the name implies, is ready to charge.

Never Summer Snowtrooper Review

The Never Summer Snowtrooper features Carbon inserts in the tail which allows the board to load energy into the backseat, making it very poppy and fun to zip across the entire mountain. You just may find yourself seeking out every nook and cranny to jib, butter, and bonk off with this board. It is a playful, poppy, powder board.

Where this board really excels though, is in the deep stuff. The R.C. (Rocker & Camber) Technology floats the board effortlessly through deep untracked snow. Fun things start happening when you don’t have to focus on leaning back and trying to keep your nose afloat. Think video game snowboarding and you have a good idea of the potential of riding the Never Summer Snowtrooper snowboard!!

The Snowtrooper snowboard is very fast from edge to edge. This board generates tons of speed in the flats. The Vario Powergrip Sidecut makes it very easy to initiate turns. Once the board locked into a turn it didn’t take much effort to release the edge and start the process all over again.

The stability was very reminiscent of past Never Summer SL models, which offered a more surfy feel and medium flex underfoot. I don’t weigh a ton, so being able to control my board with slight foot movements is really important to me.
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Never Summer Snow Trooper

Any time you have a board with a setback stance it usually means it’s ready to rip pow, and the Snowtrooper was designed to do just that. The nose never found its way under the snow. Instead, it preferred to plane across the surface, similar to the way a boat hull or surfboard works on water.

Heading on a snowcat trip, a ski vacation, or anywhere you might have the chance to ride really deep powder and wondering what snowboard you should bring? Make sure a Never Summer Snowtrooper finds its way into your board bag!

Good luck damaging the never summer snow trooper, they’re essentially bulletproof. Never Summer was the first company in the game to use P-Tex sidewalls, and they won’t crack no matter how cold the temps are. Never Summer offers a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty on all of their snowboards.

Thanks to a fully wrapped tip, tail edge, and sidewalls, there are no gaps in the edge or weak links in this board.

Overall Impression

The Never Summer Snowtrooper Snowboard offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to rip pow and still have freestyle playfulness for jibbing around the entire mountain, top to bottom.

If you can find a Never Summer Snowtrooper ($539.99) before they sell out for the season, I would jump on it. This Never Summer snowboard will bring new life to your riding, will allow you to look at your mountain in an entirely new light and surely help you seek out powder!

All Never Summer snowboards are hand-built by snowboarders in Denver, Colorado USA. And this is one of the best Never Summer snowboards for riding pow currently on the market

And for an EVEN BETTER powder board checkout my Never Summer Maverix Shaper Series Review.

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Never Summer Snowtrooper Snowboard
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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.

8 Comments on "Never Summer Snowtrooper Snowboard Review"

  1. Just spent 10 years surfing waves in Maui and moved back to my hometown of Whitefish Montana a few months ago. With colder temps nipping at my nose lately.. I have been getting super stoked to ride again. I scored a great deal on last year’s NS Snowtrooper. I must say that I can’t get over how beautiful it is.. after near and far inspection.. I’d have to say it’s manufactured to perfection for those of us that love shredding steep & deep and occasionally hucking corks in the park. I’m excited to experience the control of holding a solid edge through chunderville or ice-land and more stoked to choke on champaigne pow pow.. Cheers NeverSummer Team!!!

  2. Next year is no more Heritage. Gonna be a new board called “The West”. Same shape, same setback, same flex as Snowtrooper but with carbonium topsheet and Ripsaw profile

  3. Been riding an SL for the past 200 days on the hill. Just got a Snowtrooper. Rides switch better. More pop. Feels lighter on your feet. I’m sure it will be better in powder. 6ft 165 was riding 158 SL now 159 snowtrooper

  4. Best board I’ve had in 18 years of riding. Couldn’t believe how far I could carve on heel edge and it never washed out. Beautiful in the powder too.

  5. Hmmm, been hearing insane things about funslinger. The West also interests me. How
    Much of a different feel is the more extreme camber. I love my snowtrooper and have very few complaints (carbonium 5501 upgrade would have been nice)! What am I missing out on Mike?

    • Golds,

      The Funslinger is a bit softer then the snow trooper combined with the A-sym heel side edge. I have yet to ride the West but it looks stiffer and more big mountain oriented like the Ripsaw in years past. I believe the West features the carbonium top sheet as well.

      Funslinger is a must ride, even guys that work for other brands are jumping on it coming back very stoked..

      -Mike

      Hope that helps!!

  6. Ability Level: Intermediate-adv •
    Riding Style: Mostly freeride •
    Days You Ride A Year: 20-25 •
    Strengths: NS durability and dependability •
    Weaknesses: None •
    (for Boards, Boots & Bindings) Height, Weight And Boot Size: 6ft 165# size 11 k2 UFO boots

    I live in the Northeast which is where I ride mostly and do 1-2 trips a year to Utah and CO. For the previous 150 days I’ve been riding a NS SL 158. I’m 6ft 165# size 11 k2 UFO boots

    I absolutely love my SL. I have total confidence to ride it absolutely anywhere. From east coast ice to 2feet bottomless days out west. So when the Snowtrooper is advertised as a better SL, I had to have it. Picked up a 159 on Black Friday.

    I just returned from 4 days in Vail. We have 8inches of new snow overnight, 1-3 the second day, and bluebird groomers day 3&4.

    The board has noticeably more pop. Because of this, it feels more fun to jump around and on and actually feels “lighter” on your feet when riding. The board seems easier to spin due to reduced swing weight and is easier to ride switch than the SL. It feels more stable through late day chop and at speed. It is advertised to float better in powder which I tested thoroughly, but couldnt tell any significant difference between the trooper and the SL. I never had a problem with float on my SL.
    I haven’t gotten a chance to test it yet in true east coast conditions with ice. I hope the edge hold is the same or better. I have built so much confidence bombing on my SL. The sidecut is slightly larger on the Snowtrooper than the SL (7.5m on SL 158 vs. 8.18 on Trooper 159). I’m not sure what effect that will have on edgehold. Edgehold is extremely important to me because i live on the east coast. I had absolutely no problem in Vail.

    The matte top sheet is a pretty cool addition.

    In conclusion. I think this is a slightly better SL.

  7. I’ve been on a ton of NS’s and this is by far my favorite. Just as playful as the Proto with better edge hold. It actually has better hold than my Cobra and is twice as playful. If you like to surf the mountain and hit everything in sight, this is a good option. I’m 5’11 170 and got the 159. Feels perfect for a pow/do anything board.

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