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Never Summer Cobra

Never Summer Cobra

Never Summer Cobra 2016

The Never Summer Cobra is a high performance, versatile and useful all mountain snowboard.

Features of the Never Summer Cobra 2016

  • Original Rocker Camber Profile
    Their original hybrid camber design, which has 3 main pressure areas on the board. There is a rocker section between your feet, which changes to camber underneat your feet, then back out to rocker on the tip and tail of the board. You end up with a playful ride, but it still gives you a stable and solid ride when you need it.
    never summer original rocker camber
  • Carbonium Topsheet
  • Carbonium Laminate Technology
  • 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.
    never summer vario power grip sidecut
  • STS Pretensioned Fiberglass
    Never Summers description – The world’s best snowboard fiberglass, period. Our STS Pre-Tensioned Fiberglass is an advanced, pre-hardened, pre-tensioned, layered laminate that has added elastomer stringers, between the 9 degree and 0 degree glasss fibers (the length of the effective edge). This produces a stronger bond between the individual glass laminates giving our snowboards unmatched strength, edge hold and performance.
  • 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
  • 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
  • P-tex Tip and Tail Protection
    P-Tex surround the ends of the wood core to protect it against impacts, and help to reduce vibrations.
  • Full Wrap Metal Edge

Sizes available:

  • 153cm
  • 155cm
  • 158cm
  • 161cm
  • 163cm

Cobra X (wide version)

  • 159cm Wide
  • 161cm Wide
  • 163cm Wide
  • 166cm Wide

Explanation of the features in easy to understand english

The Original Rocker Camber is a combination of both reverse camber (shaped like a banana) and traditional camber profiles.

never summer original rocker camber

It is made to get the strengths of both rocker and camber boards, with less of their weaknesses. The best parts of a camber board is the edge hold, pop and stability, while the best parts of a rocker board is the looseness and playfulness, as well as float in powder.

The weakness of a camber is the “catchy feel”, while the weaknesses of rocker boards is the loose washy feeling, lack of edge hold and lower amount of pop.

The camber sections on the Chairman that extend from the bindings to the tip and tail help give you good edge hold, good pop and stability while you are riding fast, and the rocker section in the middle keeps the board from being too aggressive and means that leaning back slightly in powder will give you some good float.

The Carbonium Topsheet is a tough topsheet that can take a beating, especially from other people running over your tips and tails in the lift line. Also has a “carbon fiber” look to it.

The Vario Power Grip Sidecut means that the sidecut along the side of the snowboard is cut from a bunch of different circles. On a normal snowboard with a radial sidecut, one circle is used to cut out the sidecut, but never summer use a few, different sized circles to cut it out. It is made to get nicer start to turns (turn initiation) as well as solid hold in the middle of the turn, and easy exits from turns.

The NS SuperLight Wood Core is made form a combination of strong and light woods. Strong to add strength and the lighter woods to keep the overall weight down.

The Sintered P-Tex Sidewalls are more resistant to damage than regular ABS sidewalls.

The Durasurf XT Sintered 5501 Base is sintered (clearly), which means that it is a hard material, that will keep you going fast on snow, as well as doing a good job soaking up wax. It also has graphite added, which is just made to help you keep the speed.

The P-Tex Tip and Tail protection

They use the STS Pretensioned Fiberglass, which means that it is already hardened and tensioned, then the Bi-Lite is a fancy name for putting two layers of it together.

The board has a Full Wrap Metal Edge, which isn’t really a notable feature, but it just means that the edge runs the whole way around the board, so that the tips and tails are protected. A feature that is on nearly every snowboard, except for Lib Tech and GNU boards.

Size (cm) Waist (cm) Edge (cm) Sidecut (multiple radius ave) Tip / Tail (cm)
153 24.4 120 Vario 745 28.8
155 25.1 121 Vario 755 29.5
158 25.3 123 Vario 755 29.8
161 25.5 126 Vario 770 30.1
163 25.5 130 Vario 790 30.3
159X 26.4 123 Vario 755 31.0
161X 26.5 126 Vario 770 31.1
163X 26.9 130 Vario 790 31.6
166X 26.9 130 Vario 805 31.7

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