Snowboard Review: 10-11 Never Summer Infinity

04 Jan, 2011


Location: Mammoth, CA

Snow Conditions: Mixture of soft packed groomers to choppy powder to some new snow.

Setup: I rode the Never Summer Infinity with my Union bastardized bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.

Size: 151cm.

First Impression: Still remains that all mountain women’s board that you can take anywhere.

Weight: average.

Flex: Right in the middle of the road for flex, overall medium flex and despite riding a smaller size the flex still holds up on the 151cm.  Torsionally softer between the bindings and longitudinally stiffer from the nose to tail.  It can handle the mountain, park to powder and you’ll be able to ride it all no problem.  The stiffer nose lets it handle charging and riding through the chop while the softer tail gives you butter playfulness.  The Infinity features RC technology which is reverse camber, rocker and camber, rocker between the feet and camber just outside of the bindings.

Turning: The infinity handles the mountain from the longer drawn out S turns that take up a whole run to short quick responsive turns, it can handle both depending how you want it.  On the hardpacked runs, it’ll grip the snow and in the powder the reverse camber will help float (although the 151 was definitely on the smaller size for me).  The vario grip holds an edge when you need some grip on hardpacked conditions but it won’t be overly grippy.

Stable: Despite the smaller size I didn’t encounter any problems freeriding and handling the groomers, at higher speeds definitely having a bigger size for me would have helped but for just cruising, it was an easy ride down the mountain.  In some powder, I noticed the smaller size but when it came to playing around, the size was a lot of fun in the smaller version than I’d normally ride.  Typically I ride the 156 Infinity, so 5cm’s shorter in powder wouldn’t be ideal for me.

Pop: The infinity is a fun women’s board when it comes to being able to cruise but also have a good sweet spot for pop and ollie’ing on the mountain.  The medium flex with a softer tail makes it fun to butter and press on the mountain with good snap for bringing it back around.

Switch: I didn’t encounter any problems with going into switch riding.  No adjustment and no weirdness on how it handled.

Overall Impression: The infinity is the women’s SL and takes the mountain by storm for those wanting one board to handle it all.  You can play in the powder or in the park on it, or just cruise around.  It’s an easy ride to adjust to but will push you when you want it.  Just as the flex is middle of the road, the infinity is that middle of the mountain board for everything a woman could want.  It’s not as stiff or aggressive as the lotus and it’s not as soft and freestyle as the pandora.  It’s the one quiver board.

Shay’s Honesty Box: The Infinity is always that board I can get on and just feel comfortable on from the first turn.  It’s not a aggressive board but it’s not insanely easy.  It’s a good in between for the mountain and that rider looking for a board to handle it all.

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

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Never Summer Infinity description (click on it to pull it up)

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Review Disclosure: This board was given to me by Never Summer Snowboards.

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54 Comments

  1. steph
    October 14, 2011

    Hi Shay!! I’m trying to figure out which board I should buy.. I got a Rome vinyl 152 last year and it was pretty cool, helped me progress a lot but now I’m ready for something that will help me do more tricks and jumps and stuf. My mountain doesnt have a park but I love playing on natural features and spinning and just trying little tricks out… So I think I have it narrowed down to the infinity… or the Endeavour boyfriend… or the flow myriad… or the smokin vixen!!! Any advice or other suggestions?? I am 5 foot 6 and 150pounds – was thinking of getting a 148… thanks for your help!!

  2. Meir
    October 14, 2011

    Hi Shay, this is a great website! your reviews are very helpful. I am an intermediate, as I can do blues pretty easily, and I’m doing pretty well on blacks if there is not too much ice. But I have never even entered a park. I am looking for a board, and I’m stuck between the Infinity, the Lotus, or the Rome Vinyl. I know the lotus is stiffer, but I do not know how that makes a difference on the slopes exactley. I’m looking for a board that is easy to manouvre, but that I can go fast on as well; which one would you recommend? Thank you so much!

  3. October 16, 2011

    Matia, circuit is a good entry level board. It’ll definitely help you progress your riding.

    Madeleine, it’s the board that’ll last you years if you get it as a beginner. It’s doable for a beginner but definitely will push you to be a better rider quicker. The 145cm for you would be a great learning size and not too big.

    Steph, Great choices for sure. Infinity and vixen is more all mountain, the rest are more park specific. I’ve ridden the infinity, boyfriend and vixen. All good choices. I think you’ll find the infinity/vixen a bit more stable than your vinyl and the handling better for all mountain riding.

    Meir, Infinity and Vinyl are more all mountain freestyle boards. Lotus if more freeride (compares to the Blue from Rome). If you don’t ride park, the freeride boards would be better suited. The stiffer flex makes them a bit more stable on speed and more aggressive handling. They aren’t as forgiving as the softer all mountain boards like the infinity/vinyl. So depends if you want more aggressive stability for charging or more easy forgiving ride everything board.

  4. Sherry
    December 06, 2011

    Shay,
    I’ve been riding a Burton Feelgood v-rocker for 2 seasons. I’m an intermendiate rider. I read that the Never Summer Infinity is the board to get if you want to step it up. I am a powder hound. Not into park riding at all. Although, I would like to learn a few things just so I feel confident when I hit some natural feature. So, how does the Infinity compare to the Feelgood V? Is the Lotus a better choice? How about an SL? I’m 5’8″, about 170 lbs with size 10 boots.