Snowboard Review: 09-10 Never Summer Evo-R
29 Jul, 2009
Location: Loveland/A-Basin/Breckenridge, Colorado
Snow Conditions: A variety of conditions from fresh powder to spring slush.
Setup: I rode the Never Summer Evo-R with Union Forces and my Rome Vamps size 8.
First Impression: This isn’t the same evo-r as last year
Flex: Compared to previous seasons of the evo-r, the flex has been softened up making it more of the park board people expect it to be. The softer flex is between the bindings, making it softer torsionally which makes it a lot more forgiving and easier to ride than in the past. I rode it at Loveland in some fresh powder where I noticed I needed to ride in the backseat more often than previously with my 08-09 evo-r. The reverse camber still helped in making it less of a backseat ride and still decent float…I didn’t sink.
Turning: It was really easy to initiate turns with the evo-r, in fact sometimes a bit too easy to get into a hard carve than I expected. In softer snow, I’ve found the board just laying into a carve without me meaning to. Overall it handled the short radius turns easily when you want quick response but you can still lay it down with longer radius turns.
Stable: This was the first thing I noticed when I rode it at Loveland/A-Basin, the softer flex definitely gave it less of the charging capability it used to have. The dampening still helps out with bumps and absorbing rougher terrain but it doesn’t have as much dampening as the more freeride specific boards so it will help but not perform miracles through bumps. The vario grip with the 5 contact points did help grip on the icy/hardpacked spots when riding.
Pop: The evo-r continues to be a super fun poppy board to play around and ollie with, moreso with the softer flex. I didn’t encounter any issues with the reverse camber on rails. The softer flex of the new evo makes it a lot easier to press and butter than previous years.
Switch: The evo-r is a true twin and rides the exact same switch as it does regular. With the reverse camber it makes it less likely to catch your edge when transitioning around into switch riding.
Overall Impression: The softer flex definitely suits the park riding that the evo-r is meant for. I’ve been used to the stiffer evo-r so it was some adjustment when I first stepped on the board and now that I’m riding park more it is helping with the park riding since it’s softer and more forgiving.
Shay’s Honesty Box: At first I was bummed when I took the new Evo-r out at the resort, I liked the stiffer flex because it did handle outside of the park. Now that I’ve been riding the evo-r specifically for park, rails and just playing around with, it’s more suitable to that than the previous ev-r. So there’s some give and take with the board and I’ll just plan to ride my Lotus for the entire mountain and evo-r for park.