Snowboard Review: 09-10 Never Summer Premier F1-R
29 Aug, 2009
Location: Steamboat, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Majority of powder days with the Premier, from 13+ inches of powder to freshly groomed groomers after the snow storm.
Setup: I rode the Never Summer Premier F1-R with Union Forces/Rome Shifts and my Rome Vamps size 8.
First Impression: The Premier F1-R makes the pow just that much better.
Flex: The premier is definitely a stiffer flex than the lotus and with the carbon fiber V’s in the nose and tail gives it the stable ride that it has become. Between the binding it’s a tad softer which makes it torsionally easier to flex than previous years. Softer nose for float, stiffer tail…it’s a multi flex variety going on with the premier but it suits the ride it has become. RC Technology if you aren’t familiar with it, features rocker between the bindings and then camber outside of the bindings.
Turning: Despite the wider waist with than I need, I still get quick response from edge to edge on the premier ever since I stepped on it and with the R now added to the name, the reverse camber/camber still allows it to be a freeride board without being washy or less aggressive than before but now it’s less catchy if you happen to hard carve, you won’t catch that edge. I took it into the trees to test the quickness and response and between the sidecut and effective edge, you have a board that can handles the short quicker turns and the longer drawn out turns on the mountain.
Stable: The premier F1-R has always been a stable board, super damp which helps it absorb any bumpy/choppy riding conditions and less feel underfoot through them. It’s fast, stiffer and able to just charge with. Vario grip gives it a better edgehold with more contact points for the icy/hardpacked days but luckily for me it was mostly powder riding on the Premier F1-R.
Powder: Typically I ride the women’s premier (lotus) but in the deeper heavier snow having the stiffer tad wider premier F1-R helped a lot when it came to floating better and stability. I was able to ride the premier on 12+ powder days including a video of me riding through the tress on the premier. One of my favorite videos of the season shows the POV of riding the premier as well. The reverse camber definitely helped on the powder days , staying afloat without losing control when it came to groomers for the rest of the riding I had with it.
Pop: I only played with the premier on the groomers and in powder, I didn’t take it into the park but I watched a friend take it into the park after me boardsliding rails and watched it handle the pipe for him. Just like the Lotus it can handle park if you go in every now and then, but definitely a more freeride board.
Switch: I’m very used to the premier F1-R in terms of the flex and shape of the board, so riding switch with is doable but not easy like a true twin. That being said it’s still a freeride board , directional and the flex is different.
Overall Impression: It was great to spend more pow days on this board with the switch to RC Technology, it’s still that freeride board that charges but now it’s got extra float and a tad more fun than before. It’s perfect for the freerider who might dive into the park every now and then, but still rally’s up the mountain on edge.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I rode the premier F1 and the Lotus in my size, 157cm that I would ride all mountain and I will continue to ride the Lotus since it suits me better but having the premier on a powder day did make it just a notch above because it was stiffer and wider, it had better float through the powder but the Lotus still holds up and I’ll continue to ride the Lotus unless my feet grow bigger. Between last years Premier F1 and this years Premier F1-R, it just gives it the upper hand in powder and with a bit more quirkyness for those park sessions.