Snowboard Review: 08-09 Never Summer Infinity R
06 Jun, 2008
Update: Back at SIA, the Infinity was to be released as a regular cambered board. This has changed and now the Infinity for 08-09 season will be a reverse camber snowboard. Never Summer has their own patent pending recurve camber rocker with two cambered areas from the feet out toward the tip and tail and rockered under foot and a Vario Power Grip sidecut radius.
Location: A-Basin, CO & Loveland, CO
Snow Conditions: A mixture of powder runs and groomers. The majority being powder turns at A-basin. At Loveland in early October, rode hard packed icy groomers to bumpy snow groomers.
Setup: I rode the Never Summer Infinity-R with my Rome Madison bindings and my Vans Omni Focus boots. At Loveland I rode the Infinity-R with Raiden Tigre bindings and my Vans Omni Focus boots.
Size: 156cm at Loveland, 154cm at A-basin. I prefer the 156cm for me.
First Impression: I heart the infinity…but lets see how it is with a reverse camber on it and new sidecut.
Flex: The Infinity is the women’s SL…the do everything board for women riders that want all mountain freestyle that you can take in the park or freeride the mountain with. The new Infinity R is the same flex as the regular infinity, easy to butter with the reverse camber and still handles powder. Really it’s meant even more for all conditions now. The flex on the infinity is forgiving, torsionally softer and you can feel the dampening giving you a lot more absorbing through chop.
Turning: I rode the board without the new sidecut at A-basin in the late season and it’s definitely noticeable that with reverse camber it’s good to have more contact points or you feel like you have less control over the board. When I rode the board at Loveland in early October it was a dramatic difference in the edging of the board. I had very good grip on the hard packed to icy conditions in the morning and when the snow softened up, I had no problems with riding switch and catching edges. In terms of response, quick edge to edge on the infinity.
Stable: In the powder, had no problems with the infinity. On some slushy, bumpier terrain encountered a bit more dampening than I was expecting…but I was also riding a smaller size so I felt more on the board. I have been riding the 156cm Infinity and felt a lot more stable during bumpier terrain on the bigger size for me. Didn’t encounter any chatter or felt like the board was unstable then.
Pop: The NS rocker is really fun for ollie’ing, it doesn’t require as much effort to spring onto the tail and pop into an ollie. I had no problems with tail or nose presses on the infinity, super easy to butter and mess around with.
Switch: It handled riding switch with no problems, no problems with jumping 180’s and riding out of the landing.
Powder: I spent this May powder day here with the Infinity. I’m riding a smaller size board than I normally would, even then there were no issues floating in the powder. I was able to keep afloat and had a fun time turning it in the powder, manuevering through trees and staying with enough speed on the flat powder areas.
Overall Impression: With the new reverse camber NS boards, the new vario power grip is the best choice. Definitely more grip to the snow on the harder packed terrain, but also the sidecut matches the reverse camber making it less catchy. The infinity with reverse camber completely suits it. Now one of the few women’s specific reverse camber boards, it’ll definitely be something the ladies will enjoy…giving you a board for everything on the mountain.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I first wrote this review in the late season on a infinity-r that didn’t have the new sidecut and that wasn’t the best choice by me. Now that I have the Infinity-R with the vario grip sidecut in my posession and am riding it, it’s a lot better…a lot!