Snowboard Review: 08-09 Never Summer Premier F1

26 Jan, 2009

2008-2009 Never Summer Premier F1

Location: Loveland, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Bluebird hardpacked groomers.

Setup: I rode the Never Summer Premier F1 with Union Force’s and Union Contacts and my Vans Omni Focus size 8.

First Impression:  I’m so used to the premier in how it rides.

Size: 159cm

Weight: average

Flex:  It’s been softened up a tad for 08-09 and I can’t wait to see how the reverse camber in 09-10 will make the premier more of a do-everything board.  It’s less stiff than previous years but only softer between the bindings.  The tail as more pop and stiffer flex.

Turning:  Despite the wider waist with than I need, I still get quick response from edge to edge on the premier.  It’s not hard to lay over one carve and then come out and quickly go into the next carve.  Between the sidecut and effective edge, you have a board that can handle short radius and long radius carves.

Stable: The premier to me is a lot of stable riding, with the dampening to the flex.  It absorbs the snow conditions very well and holds and edge through it.  You can charge with it and still find yourself in control of the board without feeling like you are being bucked around.

Pop:   You can really spring off the tail, just for playing with on the rollers I had fun popping ollies by using the tail.

Switch: I played with it on the groomers and didn’t have any issues with it riding switch but I am also very used to this board in how it handles and rides.

Overall Impression: The premier to me has always been a solid freeride board, it can handle the mountain whether it’s in trees, powder, groomers or halfpipe. I have been riding the women’s version for the past two years and no regrets changing to the women’s version. The premier is a solid freeride board and for me having the narrower waist on the Lotus just makes it perfect for me.

Shay’s Honesty Box: There’s a reason why prototypes do not get reviews on my blog, last season when I rode the Premier F1 as a prototype it was still being dialed and was not the best ride for me…I gave feedback and was glad to be off it. I am glad that it finally got dialed and the end process is a solid board to keep with the the premier’s history of something to recommend.

On-snow Photos

Never Summer Premier F1 Description

For more information on the Never Summer Premier F1, go to Never Summer’s website.

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  1. Jono
    May 10, 2009

    so am I right in saying the 2010 premier f1 will have the rocker?

    How does she handle in the park?

  2. Shayboarder
    May 10, 2009

    Hey Jono,

    Yep the 09-10 has rocker. There will be a review coming soon. I have the women’s version and I ride mine everywhere including rails and halfpipe which I’m completely happy with how it handles. But look for the review soon!

  3. Anonymous
    June 06, 2009

    Can't wait to see the review on the 09-10 Premier F1 Rocker. I'm tempted to get that as my All Mountain board.

    How does it feel riding this compared to 08 Uninc? I'm looking for a faster board in general. i'm 80% freeride , 20% of time doing kickers