Snowboard Review: 10-11 Never Summer Evo
13 Apr, 2010
Location: Winter Park, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked snow conditions that softened up during the day with bluebird skies.
Setup: I rode the Never Summer Evo with Union Force bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: The evo is still that board I enjoy riding and getting back on for a good all around ride.
Flex: In 09-10 the evo was softened up a bit and in 10-11 it keeps the same flex as 09-10 which I’ve grown used to in the last year. The softer flex makes it the more park boards it’s meant to be, softer flex between the bindings and torsionally softer so a more easy forgiving ride on the mountain. The stiffer flex underfoot helps handle the charging moments or freeriding. The evo features RC Technology so it’s a mix of rocker and camber, rocker between the feet and camber just outside of the bindings helps give the evo a more stable feeling but also the playfulness of a rocker board. For 10-11 the RC tech has some changes with a flat area outside of the camber to the tail but it doesn’t change the ride, keeps with the contact points lifted and same forgiving ride.
Turning: Easy to initiate turns with on the evo, it’s softer torsionally so you can get quicker edge to edge. Once in a turn, it’s really easy to get into an edge and hold a carve throughout a turn. The evo sidecut lets you get really quick short radius turns but also hold a longer radius turn without feeling like it won’t handle it.
Stable: It’s one of those park boards that can still charge, some dampening to help asborb rougher/bumpy terrain which I encountered during the demos. Outside of park it can hold it’s own and I’ve taken it on some powder days where if needed, it’s rideable and will handle the conditions. Overall it does pretty good for a park board, stable on turns and icy conditions the vario grip helps hold an edge better.
Pop: The evo has some decent pop to it, easy to pop ollies with and get response out of. In the park it doesn’t catch on boxes or rails with the contact points lifted up and the rocker gives it good playfulness for tricks.
Switch: The evo rides like the true twin that it is, easy to maneuver into switch and no difference in how it handles whether regular or switch riding.
Overall Impression: The evo continues to be that park board from Never Summer that’s built tough but also with the RC gives the evo a variety of riding options in and out of the park. It can handle cruising but with the softer flex you can make the mountain your park.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The evo is that board that I know, it’s dialed in my opinion and I love going back to riding it whether it’s a park day or just a freeride day. During the demos I just felt like taking a break, getting some laps in on a board I already knew and the evo was that board I grabbed up to take out.
On Snow Photo
Never Summer Evo description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.