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.
First Impression: Still remains that all mountain women’s board that you can take anywhere.
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.
On Snow Photo
Never Summer Infinity description (click on it to pull it up)
Review Disclosure: This board was given to me by Never Summer Snowboards.