Snowboard Review: 11-12 Never Summer Infinity

25 Jul, 2011


womens_allmtn

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.

Size: 154cm.

First Impression: Continues to be the women’s SL – ride anything board

Weight: average.

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.

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

 

On Snow Photo

dsc09743

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

nsinfinity

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

About the author

Shay

From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

Related Posts

58 Comments

  1. September 20, 2012

    Hey Shay! I am currently in a dilemma between the Never Summer Infinity, or the Pandora. I’m an intermediate rider, and starting to learn park. I already have a Roxy Ollie Pop that is perfect for the hard pack/slush we get in Virginia, and does okay in the more fluffy stuff elsewhere. Which board do you think would be better for learning to progress in the park, and still being able to ride in most other conditions mountains can throw at you? I’m 5’6 and 140 lbs, and I notice the Pandora only goes up to a 149…I usually ride around that size but have been considering bumping up to the next biggest one (which means I would have to get the Infinity), would a bigger board be better or worse for progressing into park territory, or should I stick with what I am already comfortable with?

    • September 21, 2012

      Becca, Have you taken your Ollie Pop into the park or is there a reason you don’t think it’s suitable? Are you just looking to upgrade your board? Infinity would be most similar to the Ollie Pop while still being capable of mtn riding. Pandora is park, so it’ll be softer and won’t handle the rest of the mountain as strong as the infinity or ollie pop. For park size, a 149 would be fine if you just planned to ride it majority in the park. What size are you riding now?

      • September 25, 2012

        I’ve taken it into the park a bit, but I think I want a board that’s a little softer too to play around with (plus my boyfriend can get great deals on Never Summer, so hey, might as well!). It’s sounding like the Pandora would be a good choice for me. Right now I’m riding a 147, so a 149 wouldn’t be too much of a difference. Do you have any bindings that you recommend? I wear a size 7 boot.

  2. January 03, 2013

    Hi Shay-I dig your blog, very helpful! I have been boarding about 18 years, my favorite local mountain is Northstar at Tahoe, but I board in Aspen every year (Highlands being my favorite there). I demo’d a Never Summer Infinity in Aspen last year and could not believe how much better my riding was and how smooth the board was. I was able to do some very technical narrow, tree/mogul runs with my ski buddies and also hold serious speed carving. I loved the board. But after reading your reviews and many of the comments, I am thinking a Lotus may be even a BETTER fit. I love to carve and I love speed. I enjoy going through the trees, and hitting ungroomed territory. I am not interested in the park at all. I will ride a lot of groomers for sure, but I will definitely be doing moguls, powder, trees, and maybe a jib every now and then. I like to ride with the guys, and I’d love your thoughts on the Infinity or Lotus for me? I rode the 151 demo, and it felt right. I am 5’5, 132 pounds…..thoughts on Lotus vs Infinity?? Help!
    Happy 2013
    Tammy

    • January 04, 2013

      Hi Tammy,

      The easy choice would be the Infinity since you already love it. But the Lotus definitely offers a more freeride specific ride, stiffer, more dampening, better handling than the Infinity so it’s a tough call. I would see if you can demo the Lotus from a local shop in CA or CO to know for sure.