Never Summer Snowboards 2012-2013

01 Apr, 2012


Since 1991, Never Summer has been building snowboards out of Colorado designed for quality and durability.  They’ve built up a solid reputation and now with their RC Technology, continue to grow the brand into more than a popular company out of the Rockies.  Their Rocker + Camber technology was introduced a couple years ago and is now present in every single snowboard in their line.

Two new boards are in the Never Summer line for 2013. The new Cobra and Cobra X, all mountain boards based off the success of the Proto.

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Never Summer Cobra/Cobra X

All Mountain. Introducing the new Never Summer Cobra! Driven off the massive success of our true twin Proto CT, the Never Summer carbonium Cobra features blunted ends, for reduced swing weight, utilizes a drawn out nose that knifes thru soft snow, and a blunted quick spade tail to enhance float in powder. Features carbonium topsheet, carbonium laminate technology, bi-directional rocker camber profile, STS pretensioned fiberglass, bi-lite fiberglass, NS superlight wood core, RDS2 dampening system, sintered P-tex sidewall, durasurf XT sintered 5501 base, P-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edge. Damp=5, Flex=5.

Cobra Sizes: 153, 155, 158, 161, 164

Cobra X Sizes: 159, 161, 163

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Never Summer Proto CT/CTX

All mountain freestyle. The 12/13 Proto will continue to dominate! We’ve taken the powerful flex of the time tested SL and blended it with the responsive dampening of the Evo to create the ultimate mountain true twin. Features carbonium topsheet, carbonium laminate technology, bi-directional rocker camber profile, STS pretensioned fiberglass, bi-lite fiberglass, NS superlight wood core, EDS dampening system, sintered P-Tex sidewall, durasurf XT sintered 5501 base, P-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edge. Damp=3.5, Flex=5.

Proto CT Sizes: 152, 154, 157, 160

Proto CTX Sizes: 152, 155, 158, 160

Never Summer Cobra and Proto

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Never Summer SL

All-Mountain Freestyle. This all terrain, all condition ride is our most popular and versatile model. For 12/13 we have modified our custom flight core to reduce weight and increase pop. We’ve also added the carbon VXR laminate technology to the SL adding powerful edge response and control. Features STS pretensioned fiberglass, Bi-lite fiberglass, carbon VXR laminate technology, NS custom flightcore, RDS 2 dampening system, sintered P-tex sidewall, durasurf sintered 4501 base, P-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edge. Damp=5, Flex=5.

Sizes: 151, 153, 155, 158, 161

Never Summer Infinity (Women’s)

Women’s All mountain freestyle. This award winning, high performance is the go-anywhere, do-anything choice for women. Features Bi-lite fiberglass, carbon VXR laminate technology, NS Custom Flightcore, RDS 2 dampening system, sintered P-tex sidewall, durasurf sintered 4501 base, P-tex tip and tail protection, Full wrap metal edge. Damp=5, Flex=3.5

Sizes: 142, 145, 147, 149, 151, 154

Never Summer SL and Infinity

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Never Summer Heritage/Heritage X

Big mountain freestyle. Like the freeride inspired Raptor, the new carbonium series Heritage is equipped with the new NS superlight woodcore and extensive carbon reinforcement (carbon laminate technology) to power this big mountain freestyle board anywhere on the mountain. Features carbonium topsheet, carbonium laminate technology, STS pretensioned fiberglass, bi-lite fiberglass, NS superlight wood core, CDS dampening system, sintered P-Tex sidewall, durasurf XT sintered 5501 base, P-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edge. Damp=7, Flex=5.5

Heritage Sizes: 155, 158, 160, 162

Heritage X Sizes: 159, 163, 168

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Never Summer Raptor/Raptor X

High-performance freeride/freestyle. With graphics and stealth design inspired by the F/A-22 fighter jet, the Raptor is our flagship high performance freeride/freecarve snowboard. Features carbonium topsheet, carbonium laminate technology, directional rocker camber profile, STS pretensioned fiberglass, bi-lite fiberglass, NS superlight wood core, CDS dampening system, sintered P-Tex sidewall, durasurf XT sintered 5501 base, P-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edge. Damp=7, Flex=6.5

Raptor Sizes: 156, 159, 164, 169

Raptor X Sizes: 161, 165, 169

Never Summer Premier F1

Freeride. Our high performance Premier F1 takes freeride technology to a whole new level. With the NS freeride technology, the Premier F1 will power through anything in its path keeping you on edge and in complete control at any speed. Features carbon V-twin laminate technology, F1 elastomeric stabilizers, multi-flex profiled flightcore, STS pretensioned fiberglass, bi-lite fiberglass, RDS 1 damping system, sintered P-tex sidewall, durasurf sintered 4501 base, P-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edges. Damp=8.5, Flex=6.

Sizes: 159, 161, 163, 165, 170

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Never Summer Summit/Summit Split

Classic powder/freeride. The Summit’s supreme powder performance is a culmination of setback, directional flex, classic tapered shape, custom tip/tail profile and extensive dampening. The Summit will power through the deepest snow, crud, tight trees or anything else that gets in its way. Features PPT powder porpoise technology, carbonium topsheet, extended carbon V laminate technology, elastomeric stabilizers, NS superlight wood core, STS pretensioned fiberglass, bi-lite fiberglass, RDS 1 dampening system, inner and outer sidewall, durasurf XT sintered 5501 base, p-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edges. Damp=8.5, Flex=6.

Summit Sizes: 161, 167, 172

Summit Custom Split Sizes: 156, 160, 164, 169

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Never Summer SL Split

Progressive freestyle splitboard. Access and build backcountry booters, lap a favorite cornice line and spin off that wind lip you’ve only dreamed of. Slightly set back for a more centered and balanced freestyle ride, this modern splitty will enable you to do that and more! Features carbonium topsheet, carbonium laminate technology, STS pretensioned fiberglass, bi-lite fiberglass, NS superlight wood core, CDS dampening system, sintered P-tex inner and outer sidewall, durasurf XT sintered 5501 base, p-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edges. Damp=7, Flex=5.5

Sizes: 154, 158, 161, 163X

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Never Summer Legacy

Mid-wide all mountain freestyle. A wider version of the SL, this deck dominates every part of the mountain from parks, to pow, to steeps. It’s width eliminates most toe and heel drag but is narrow enough to be quick and responsive. Features STS pretensioned fiberglass, bi-lite fiberglass, carbon VXR laminate technology, NS custom flightcore, RDS 2 dampening system, sintered P-tex sidewall, durasurf sintered 4501 base, P-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edges. Damp=5, Flex=5.5

Sizes: 156, 159, 161, 163, 166, 170

Never Summer Evo

Freestyle pipe and park. Designed for optimum freestyle control, our new true twin blunt shape reduces material for a lower, more balanced swing weight while extending effective edge for more stability on takeoff and landing. Features STS pretensioned fiberglass, bi-lite fiberglass, carbon VXR laminate technology, bi-directional rocker camber profile, press flex core, EDS dampening system, sintered P-tex sidewall, durasurf sintered 4501 base, Pp-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edges. Damp=3, Flex=4.

Evo Sizes: 147, 150, 152, 154, 157

Evo Mini Sizes: 119, 130, 136, 142

Never Summer Legacy and Evo

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Never Summer Revolver

Mid-wide freestyle/pipe and park. A wider version of the Evo, this team favorite crushes pipe, park and big kickers while still being super versatile. Features STS pretensioned fiberglass, bi-lite fiberglass, carbon VXR laminate technology, bi-directional rocker camber profile, press flex core, EDS dampening system, sintered P-tex sidewall, durasurf sintered 4501 base, p-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edges. Damp=3, Flex=4.

Sizes: 149, 152, 155, 158, 160

Never Summer Lotus (Women’s)

Women’s Freeride. Designed for the woman who is focused on freeriding, the Lotus features a slightly stiffer flex and a more directional shape than the Infinity and the Pandora. The Carbon V-twin laminate technology and custom F1 elastomeric stabilizers underfoot increase edgehold and vibration absorption in any snow condition. Features carbon v-twin laminate technology, bi-lite fiberglass, F1 elastomeric stabilizers, multiflex profile flightcore, RDS 1 dampening system, sintered p-tex sidewall, durasurf sintered 4501 base, p-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edge. Damp=8.5, Flex=4.

Sizes: 146, 149, 151, 154, 157

Never Summer Pandora (Women’s)

Women’s freestyle. The Pandora’s deep sidecut, twin tip shape and ultra snappy flex make it a potent threat to any pipe, park or kicker. Features bi-lite fiberglass, full length wood core, EDS dampening system, sintered P-tex sidewall, durasurf sintered 4501 base, p-tex tip and tail protection, full wrap metal edge. Damp=4. Flex=3.

Sizes: 140, 143, 146, 149

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15 Comments

  1. Brian
    April 02, 2012

    Hey Shay, any idea when the Cobra will be released to the masses? Thanks as always for writing great articles!

  2. April 02, 2012

    Brian, generally next year’s products come out in summer/early fall.

  3. Frank
    April 02, 2012

    Hi
    I friend of mine, bought the 2012 Raptor 159 with SF45 flux… he is very happy of the performance all around including powder… I like the new white graphic of the Heritage for 2013…

  4. April 02, 2012

    Does anybody know what ” PPT powder porpoise technology” stands for? It’s in the Summit’s description.

  5. April 02, 2012

    the new Evo looks siiiiick

  6. Mark
    April 16, 2012

    What would you say the main performance / riding difference would be between the Raptor and the Premier F1? Or, to put is another way, why would one choose one over the other?

  7. Alex
    April 25, 2012

    I want to get an SL, but should I wait for the 2013 one? Is it different from the 2012 model? I know it doesn’t really matter, but I like the look of the 2012 model better. Of course, I’ll choose the 2013 if its a better ride.

  8. Frank
    April 25, 2012

    Hi Mark,
    I think the major difference come from the construction and the sidecut…
    Raptor do have more High End tech (maybe less weight) and a deeper sidecut in the nose so you can carve or initiate faster you turns… while F1 is more classic construction (not cheaper but more classic and heavier) with a longer initiating turns but a deep tail turns to rip or slid your turns when need it…
    Raptor is more a carving deep machine euro style… but both can ride the same terrain for sure so I do understand your dilemma ;)

  9. Jason
    April 30, 2012

    Im am 5’10 200lbs. With size 12 boot. I am considering the lagacy 156. Would this be a good all around board for my size ?

  10. Sara
    May 12, 2012

    @Brian,
    at the Never Summer Demo at Monarch they said the would be releasing the boards in August is the US, im dying tah buy mine!!!

  11. Peterborough
    May 13, 2012

    Saw a Cobra at Salty Peaks (different graphics), in Utah a month back and nearly bought it. I ride a Lib Banana Magic most of the time, and feel like the Cobra might be an even better version of that board. I have to say though, the graphics (the ones I saw, and the ones above) are really holding me back. In the end, I’m probably not in the market for a new board, but if I was, it would really bother me to ride those Cobra graphics. Not sure if I am the only one this shallow, but man, I am tired of NS graphics. A dream catcher – really?

  12. Frank
    May 13, 2012

    Hi Peterborough,
    I am curious about you comment of the Cobra might be an even better version of that board? I am a Lib Tech Rider (2009 Lando 160) I know both cie Mervin and NS made a lot of progress since 2009… Why you prefer NS approach now?
    To me graphic is only cosmetic… you get use to it… and you still can put a lot of decal sticker if you do not like ;) But I have to say that Mervin do a really good job in cosmetic too…
    Thanks

  13. Pete
    May 26, 2012

    The Cobra is directional in shape. No way is it even comparable to the Banana Magic. The Cobra is a directional, powder shaped Proto. If anything, I’d say the GNU Dirty Pillow is a probably a better comparison to the Cobra. Yet, the GNU is probably softer and more park ready.

  14. Frank
    May 27, 2012

    maybe too the C1 La nina of Lib can do the same… it is a directional too…

  15. Duane
    June 05, 2012

    Looking for a fast,pow,surfy all around board. The Sherlock and Fish are my go to boards. However that company is now producing boards from China and I will not support that. Thinking about the Heritage? Whatcha think?

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