To celebrate their 25th Anniversary the boys at Never Summer made a split to end all splits, the Never Summer Twenty Five. By pouring all their experience into a double-plank that floats pow yet turns on a dime on hardpack, is only slightly heavier than a standard snowboard despite the extra metal necessary for a splitboard, and is as sturdy in chunder and sastrugi as boards bigger and heavier but as fun and responsive as your favorite solid. Oh yeah, and straight out of the wrapper I rode it like a board I’d had for years.
How? They scienced the shit out of it.
Never Summer Twenty Five Review
The Making of a Masterpiece~ NS put every technological advance they’ve made over the last quarter-century into the 25. To get all technical, they mashed together a a hi-tech core of NS Superlight Wood Core, By-Lite fiberglass, Carbon Max Laminate and STS Pretensioned Fiberglass with the RDS 1+ Dampening System and Elastomeric Underfoot Stabilizers.
What does that mean? They created a splitboard that sticks to the air like a resort board, handles variable snow like a longer big mountain board and skinned on par with a pair of skis. It’s one of those fancy rocker/camber hybrids — visually noticeable when you put the two sides back-to-back – with camber underfoot to maximize responsiveness where it counts but rocker in the gut between between to increase float.
Top it off with a nice “bat tail” to absorb any drops while flying through pow as only swallow tail-esque shapes do.
never summer 25 review in bc
On several laps around the Tetons I savored floating pow and dropping small cliffs and big pillows; the bat tail made sure it felt like landing on a cloud. When the conditions crapped out, the dreaded spring pre-corn melt-freeze layer when snowboarding backcountry becomes a chore, the edgeability and ruggedness of the 25 got me through some hairy situations.
Eventually the snow everywhere became just slightly softer than cement. And I still had a great time setting the edge in and straightlining at top speed. Yet despite NS’s reputation for stiffness (a good thing as stiff means power and shock absorption, not lack of responsiveness, at least for any rider worth his or her salt), on a sunny day where the snow was about as unforgiving as it could be I had a hoot buttering the hell out of the thing.
This is a grown up’s board. Leave the kiddies at the park and get out into the Park (if you understand what I just said, this is your dream board). If you want a freestyle jibby split, this isn’t your board. Checkout the Never Summer Prospector for a more all around splitboard. Not only will the bat tail prevent you effectively riding switch but the shape in general isn’t super conducive to playful riding. Basically, if you’re a resort rat just dipping your foot into the slack or an average shredder looking for your first split to ride once or twice a year, this might be a bit more board than you can handle.
But for the truly committed, the ambitious, the ones who live to find themselves atop tall, rowdy peaks followed by a descent whose sublimity lies in the technicality of the line and the experience of uncrowded mountain discovery — yeah, you — the crew at Never Summer just sent you a little present.
If you’re a legit splitboard mountaineer constantly looking to go bigger on more variable lines, it’s time to raid the piggy bank for your new must-have snow vehicle. You can thank me in the trailhead parking lot with some apres suds.