Never Summer Aura 2019
The Never Summer Aura is a pretty aggressive freeride board, a fair step up from the other womens boards they offer. It has a directional shape, and a bunch of features that make it a better choice for more experienced riders. Rather than the regular (tame in comparison) Original Rocker Camber, it has the Ripsaw version, so you end up with better edge hold, as well as more pop. To keep the board stable, especially at the nose and tail the Carbon Max Laminates help to keep it rigid, and with the Superlight core, give the Aura the medium stiff flex rating.
Definitely one of the least girly or pretty looking boards, at first glance I would assume that the 2019 model is a mens board.
Features of the Never Summer Aura 2019
- Coextruded Polymer Topsheet
With all the silly marketing jargon they use, who knows what this is even supposed to mean. Either way it isn’t worth worrying about, Never Summer topsheets (all versions) are tough, and they do a pretty good job at taking a beating, even with other people riding over your board in the lift line.
- Carbon Max Laminate Technology
An “X” shape of carbon added under your bindings, as well as a “V” shape that extends out towards the nose and tail of the board, they help direct power to your edges and keep the board stable.
- Ripsaw Rocker Camber Profile
The Ripsaw profile has the same feel as the original Rocker Camber design, but has more aggressive camber sections, so you get better edge hold and more pop.
- Extended Transition Area
A larger transition area (flat section shown in orange in the picture above) that helps for easy turn initiation (starting a turn) and helps the float in powder.
- Vario Power Grip Sidecut
There are a few different radiuses, which are combined to give the board extra contact points, so you get better edge hold. Out towards the nose and tail, there are deep radius sections, which change to shallow radius sections, then to a straight section in the middle of the board. It is just one of those features that you just have to ride it to see how it works.
- Low Profile Tip/Tail
Low profile (thinner) tip and tail keep the highest amount of board touching the snow – which helps for float, pop for ollies and nollies and gives you more stability when your landings aren’t perfect, while keeping the weight down.
- Bi-Lite Fiberglass
This has some of the strength features of the STS fiberglass, but is much lighter.
- NS SuperLight Wood Core
The core is made from sustainable Hybrid Poplar wood, that is combined with Birch hardwood.
- RDS 1 Damping System
This is an extra layer in the board, which goes along the effective edge of the board (the part lf the edge you use). Made to give you more stability and a damper ride at high speed, without adding to the swing weight of the board.
- Elastomeric Underfoot Stabilizers
Under the bindings are areas that are made to absorb vibration, keep the board stable at speed and help reduce foot fatigue (by getting rid of vibrations).
- Sintered P-Tex Sidewall
P-Tex sidewalls have the advantage of being able to handle colder temperatures compared to ABS sidewalls, that can crack.
- Durasurf XT Sintered 5501 Base
Never Summer only really have two base materials, both at sintered – a good one, and a better one. This is the better one. Like all sintered bases, if you maintain and wax it properly it will ride nice and quickly.
- P-Tex Tip/Tail Protection
P-Tex surround the ends of the wood core to protect it against impacts, and help to reduce vibrations.
If you are an aggressive rider, who likes riding big mountain, or carving fast on groomers, this is going to be a good choice. The combination of the medium/stiff flex, directional shape and the Ripsaw profile, are going to give you a stable, fast ride with the familiar Never Summer edge hold. If the features of the Aura sound good, but you want to ride a bit more park, the Women’s Proto Type Two would be another good option. With a mid flex, asymmetrical shape and Ripsaw camber profile.
The Aura also comes in a split version, which makes sense considering the style of riding it is aimed at. One of the differences in in the carbon layup, on the split version the carbon “X” is much large, and runs through between your feet out towards the bindings – most likely to get some additional response that you lose when you split a board in half. They are going to be a bit tougher to find, but have a look on the search page to see who is stocking it.
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