Snowboard Review: 09-10 Never Summer Infinity-R

26 Nov, 2009


Location: Loveland, CO & Timberline, OR

Snow Conditions: Loveland was hardpacked to light powder on the runs.  Timberline, OR was hardpacked to slushy snow conditions.

Setup: I rode the Never Summer Infinity-R with my Force and Force SL bindings and Bonfire Geo boots.

Size: 156cm.

First Impression:

Weight: average

Flex: The Infinity hasn’t changed much since the switch from camber to reverse camber.  Overall it’s a medium flex board with the flex torsionally softer between the bindings and longitudinally stiffer from nose to tail, it’s what gives it that all mountain do everything ride that it’s known for.  When it comes to playfulness, the nose is stiffer than the tail (giving it the stability on charging)  and the tail is softer (making it still fun for tail butters and presses).

Turning: The Infinity-R handled the long radius drawn out S turns without feeling like I would hook the board or needed to turn quicker than I wanted, but also when I needed quick responsive sharp turns it allowed me to get them done.  On the hardpacked groomers with some icy spots, it held an edge and gripped the icy areas so I never felt unstable on them.  It was easy to go from edge and edge and I never felt the board stall between carving.

Stable: On the slushy bumps in the summer, the dampening helped absorb them pretty good and I never encountered the board taking a carve into the snow that I didn’t want.  Overall the board can charge with good stability and you never feel let down from it.  I wasn’t able to take it in more than an inch or two of powder so didn’t get to judge that fully.

Pop: The mix of reverse camber has a sweet spot and when you find it, it’s ideal for popping and getting good ollies.  I was able to get it and could play with it over rocks/bumps and play around with it on butters.  It’s not as easy as the park boards to press/butter but it can.

Switch: I didn’t encounter any problems with going into switch riding, it didn’t catch and rode without any adjustment.

Overall Impression: The Infinity continues to be the all mountain slayer for women, it can charge the mountain but also play in the park.  It’ll float in powder when you have some new snow on the mountain and it’ll handle slushy summer conditions.   The reverse camber helps with the progression, less catchy and  that first step if you take it into the park.  Across the board it’s the middle of the road for female riders who want a board to handle everything, it won’t disappoint wherever you take it on the mountain and it’s a boards that lasts.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I first rode the Infinity at Windell’s this summer and then rode it at Loveland early this season so the graphics had changed from the photo to what they are now (no cassette tapes).  The Infinity is always that board that I can ride without any adjustment, just get on and feel comfortable right from the start.  Compared to the other women’s boards it doesn’t push me as much as the Lotus (my main board) and it isn’t as fun as the evo in the park.  It’s that good in between but I tend to fall on one side or the other so I don’t spend as much time on the Infinity throughout the year.

Ready to buy? Head over to evo for the 2011 version of the Never Summer Infinity-R or shop their full line of Never Summer snowboards

On Snow Photo

Never Summer Infinity-R description

infinity-r

Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.

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12 Comments

  1. Madeleine
    November 27, 2009

    Hi Shay
    I bought this board yesterday at Loveland. I had a Feelgood and last year I demoed a Gtwin on a groomer. I liked that the twin was light and flexy but it didn’t have the hold on icy stuff or messy snow. I think if the Feelgood mated with the GTwin they’d give birth to the Infinity. (With some recessive NS genes for the rocker camber and edgehold.) For me (not riding very long) it’s a great board. Had it at Copper today and it really made nice turns everywhere.

  2. November 28, 2009

    Madeleine,

    Great seeing you today and good you kept your distance, I don’t want to get anyone sick! Awesome to see you on the infinity and stoked you are happy with it and it’ll definitely help you progress riding!

  3. Kristi
    November 29, 2009

    The infinity is one of my main boards.

    It rides well for all mountain playing, but I agree…in the park it doesn’t work out as well as some other boards.

  4. Shella
    January 14, 2010

    Hey Shay,

    I’ve been looking around for a snowboard because I’ve been learning on a friend’s and I want to buy my own to progress with. I’m about beginner/intermediate level and I was wondering if you think the Infinity is a great board help me improve? I’m looking for an all-around board – one that will last me awhile as well, and eventually play in the park with.

    Thanks for your input!

    Shella

  5. January 15, 2010

    Shella,
    It’s definitely a board that will last you a while and help you progress all mountain from freeriding to park. I don’t think it’ll be too aggressive for you as a beginner/intermediate rider but you’ll also want to make sure to pick the right size board as well. It sounds like a good match so far for you, so I definitely think you’d like it.

  6. Shella
    January 15, 2010

    My friend’s board I was using is size 148 and she’s 5’6 1/2″ tall, and I’m 5’5″ so I was thinking of getting size 147. What do you think?

    Thanks for the help!

  7. January 15, 2010

    Shella, board size is more important by weight than height. What’s your weight?

  8. Shella
    January 15, 2010

    Oh sorry, I forgot about my weight. I weigh 135lbs. Does my shoe size matter? If so, my shoe size is 8 in women.

  9. Michelle
    April 14, 2010

    Hi Shay! Stumbled upon your site and love it! Lots of great info on these boards I’ve been trying to figure out. I’ve decided it’s time to finally upgrade from my dinky 143 Nitro that I won at a bar ten or so years ago. I’m a little over 5’6″, 145-155lbs (usually right at that 150 mid-mark), size 10 women’s shoe. I know what I’ve been riding is way too small and it’s keeping me from progressing to that next level. I want a board that will let me charge fairly aggressively with more stability and confidence, but that I can also take over some bumps and maybe try some 180s with. From what I’ve been reading, it sounds like the Infinity-R might be a good choice for its versatility. Would you recommend it for me (vs. the Lotus-R, which I know you prefer for yourself, but I worry about the directional shape for fun stuff)? Also, given my size (and big feet), would you suggest the 151 or 154? Thanks for being so awesome!

  10. kasey
    January 06, 2011

    Hi shay
    I have been looking everywhere for this board and I can only seem to find the 2011 version
    do you know if or where this board is available??
    Thanks!

  11. January 11, 2011

    Shella,
    147 is on the smaller size for your weight. 149 to 151 would be good for park and all mountain plus last a while. But really depends on what you plan for the board.

    Michelle, Thanks! Definitely time to step up to a bigger board and get your riding to the next level. You should be riding at least in the 150cm size range, 151-154 would be a good range, bigger if you want more stability. My only concern is with your boot size and the board waist width. But if you are riding the 143 I think you are fine since that ww is probably smaller. For boards, infinity vs lotus. If you plan to ride park, go for infinity. If you want more powder, freeride…go lotus.

    Kasey, definitely a board that sells out each year. Do a froogle search for 2010 infinity and you’ll find what shops have it still.