Snowboard Review: 12-13 Never Summer Cobra
12 Sep, 2012
Location: Stevens Pass, WA
Snow Conditions: Softpacked to fresh powder.
Setup: I rode the Never Summer Cobra with Union Atlas Team bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.
First Impression: New design and quick mountain handling give the Cobra a place among Never Summer boards.
Flex: The Cobra is built for all mountain so it’s right in the middle of the flex/dampening scale alongside the SL/Proto. In terms of handling, it feels and rides stiffer than the Proto and more similar to the SL with a tweaked shape. Stiffer flex underfoot that helps with stability, mid range on the longitudinal flex and handing, softer torsional flex between the bindings. It’s quick and responsive in nature but not overally stiff or soft. The Cobra features RC Technology which is a mix of rocker and camber, rocker between the feet and camber just outside both of the bindings.
Turning: The Cobra gives you response and ease of turning, just like the Proto. The shorter turns were really quick to engage and it made riding in trees a blast because you didn’t have to question the boards handling. The longer turns were just as fine and especially in the powder, could lay out a wide arc and have fun with it.
Stable: The dampening on Never Summer’s certainly helped when it came to a stable ride and bumpy packed powder conditions. It’s in the mid range for stability from Never Summer, not as stiff and charging as the freeride specific boards and not as soft as the freestyle boards. I didn’t encounter any ice with the Cobra to test the vario grip handling but I’d assume it would be like the other boards in the line.
Pop: It was easy to maneuver and pop over fun powder spots and landings but I didn’t take it into the park, just mountain riding for this board.
Switch: The Cobra is slightly setback for a more directional ride but it can still ride switch, just takes a quick adjustment to adjust to the handling. I was fine with riding it either way.
Overall Impression: This new Never Summer board takes all mountain riding and delivers powerful performance that can handle riding the powder or the mountain with ease. The NW had a stellar powder year so I took out the Cobra on plenty of powder days to review the board. Even in the 155, it floats and handles the mountain to create the all mountain destroyer it’s meant to be.
Shay’s Honesty Box: It’ll be interesting to see how this board does against the popular Never Summer line-up of boards like the SL/Premier. I wouldn’t say it fills a void but creates a different ride for the all-mountain riders wanting a newer shape and quicker handling.
On Snow Photo
Riding the powder
Never Summer Cobra Description (old graphic on this description)
Review Disclosure: Never Summer sent me this board to test and review.