Snowboard Review: 11-12 Never Summer Infinity
25 Jul, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Mixture of hardpacked icy conditions to soft packed slushy conditions.
Setup: I rode the Never Summer Infinity with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: Continues to be the women’s SL – ride anything board
Flex: The Never Summer Infinity is NS’s all mountain freestyle board for women and the flex matches that, it’s a medium flex board. Not soft, not stiff – just in the middle of the two. Torsional soft between the bindings which gives it a quick responsive flex and longitudinally stiffer from nose to tail. Stiffer nose that lets it charge and ride through choppy conditions and a softer tail that helps give it some freestyle fun. The Infinity features RC technology which is reverse camber, rocker and camber, rocker between the feet and camber just outside of the bindings.
Turning: Whether you want short or long radius turns, the Infinity does both without issues. The softer torsional flex helps for responsive short radius turns and the longitudinal flex from nose to tail gives it the stability for long drawn out turns. The vario grip helps on edgehold for the hardpacked icy days.
Stable: It was really good to be riding the 154cm size for the Infinity, definitely more my style and handling on the mountain was more stable. The conditions were mostly spring conditions, hardpacked in the morning and softer slushyness in the afternoon, the Infinity did fine on both. The vario grip helped for the icy hardpacked days and in the slush, the dampening on the board helped it cut through and not be bounced around.
Pop: The infinity can handle park riding and the jumps are a blast on it. Good pop and the softer tail for pressing makes it very capable of park laps.
Switch: The Infinity is a directional twin, the flex is twin but it’s setback with the sidecut and stance so there is some adjustment but you get used to it quickly. I’ve ridden the board enough that it feels fine riding switch, still forgiving in the handling.
Overall Impression: The infinity is the women’s SL and a good all mountain board for a female rider. It’s on the intermediate side for women but it’s a board you can grow into and develop with. It’s not as stiff or aggressive as the lotus and it’s not as soft and freestyle as the pandora.
Shay’s Honesty Box: It didn’t feel like anything changed in the NS Infinity for 11-12, it’s still that all mountain freestyle board for women. I happen to enjoy a stiffer flex so I spend most of the winter on my NS Lotus but the Infinity is a great board for an upcoming all mountain rider.
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.