Never Summer Ripsaw Review
The Never Summer Ripsaw is an aggressive Camber Rocker board made to ride anywhere on the mountain.
Features of the Never Summer Ripsaw
- Matte Topsheet
Nothing fancy, it is just matte rather than shiny.
- Carbon VXR Laminate Technology
There are carbon V shapes that extend out from the inserts, to the effective edge. It is made to get good edge to edge response, and helping to make the board stiffer torsionally. There are extra V’s at the tip and tail of the board, to get the most pop when you load up the nose or tail.
- Ripsaw Rocker Camber Profile
The Ripsaw profile has the same feel as the original Rocker Camber design, but has more aggresssive camber sections, so you get better edge hold and more pop.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- +/- 45 Fiberglass Laminate
- Bi-Lite Fiberglass
This has some of the strength features of the STS fiberglass, but is much lighter.
- NS Custom Flightcore
The most complicated of the Never Summer cores, it is made of premium hardwood and very light softwood, that are combined with vertical laters of vibration dampers. They are made to absorb more vibrations the faster you ride.
- RDS 2 Damping System
There are three narrower laminated damping layers, that are made to get a combination of vibration, absorbtion and stability. It is made to get a nice mix of stability for freeriding, and liveliness for freestyle riding.
- 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 4501 Base
It is a high density base material that is fast and durable.
- 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
Edges that run the whole way around the board.
Sizes available on the Ripsaw X (wide version)
- 157cm Wide
- 160cm Wide
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I rode last years ripsaw and I was so impressed. I had been on a proto for a while and really enjoyed the catch free rocker, but noticed a very small sweet spot over time for stomping tricks, and felt a little uneasy at really high speeds. The rep suggested the ripsaw, and I have been so happy with it. Its still maintains a little of the rocker which was really fun in the powder, but now I can handle faster speeds, and stomp bigger landings on inconsistent snow. My favorite part is the true twin so I can haul, and throw a huge over rotated slash into riding switch, and do the same thing going the other way. Definitely recomend this board for advanced riders who like riding fast, and like switch as well.
Freestyle board at all times.
It allows carving with no problems.
Despite the claims of flex, the board feels very alive, although it has a large damp.