First Impressions: Average weight underfoot. I'm actually on a 2012 board, but the 2013 is the same construction with an updated graphic.
|My phone ate the photo of this board, so I stole one from the Never Summer website.
Conditions: Soft groomers and boot-top powder off the groom.
The Ride: I don't ride many park boards, so this is certainly the softest board I've ever ridden. I agree with Never Summer's assessment of a 4 out of 10 flex rating (10 being dresser drawer, 1 being wet t-shirt). With the addition of the press flex core, this lends itself to the usual array of easy buttering.
NS added carbon V laminates at tip and tail to help with ollie pop. It's not as poppy as camber, but can still snap when needed. This also provides some stability on landings. I was wishing for a bigger board on some landings and also at higher speeds.
A 154 wasn't the best choice for me in powder. I was leaning back hard. This is not a pow-specific board and it doesn't have a particularly wide nose. That said, if you get caught in a storm during your park day, just set the bindings back as far as you can and the rocker part of the RC tech will help out a little.
I couldn't find any rails on this demo day.
Bottom Line: This board is more for a rider who wants a 75% park, 25% all-mountain board. If I had park-specific board in my quiver I'd probably want the pop and stability of camber.
Similar Boards: Nitro Team Gullwing