Never Summer Swift 2017 Review
The Never Summer Swift is a powder board made for those deep pow days, but actually rides well in hardpacked conditions as well.
The Swift has a big nose, set back stance and a tapered swallow tail shape, which all equal fun in powder.
Features of the Never Summer Swift 2017
- Carbonium Topsheet
- PPT Powder Porpoise Technology
- Original Rocker Camber Profile
- Carbon Max Laminate Technology
- Extended Transition Area
The small area on the nose (just on the powder version of Rocker Camber), that helps the board float in powder, as well as making nice smooth entry to turns.
- Vario Power Grip Sidecut
The Vario Power Grip Sidecut is made of a three main sections, straight in the middle of the board, which changes into a very shallow radius section, and then into a deep radius section at the tip and tail.
- 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
- NS SuperLight Wood Core
The core is made up of a combination of Hybrid Poplar wood, 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
- Sintered P-tex Sidewall
Rather and normal ABS sidewalls, P-TEX sidewalls can deal with much colder temperatures, and are less likely to crack.
- Durasurf XT Sintered 5501 Base
- Aluminum Tip and Tail Protection
How the Never Summer Swift rides
I had a 22.5″ stance with the bindings set at +12 and -9.
The snow on the day I rode the Swift was a combination of very hardpacked groomers, with softer slush at the end of the day.
Flex & Camber Profile
From Never Summers description, the Swift has a Mid Firm feel on the flex rating, and a Smooth on the damp rating. Those ratings match up with what I felt from riding the Swift.
It’s pretty clear from looking at it, the Swift has a directional shape with a short tail and a long nose. If you have ridden Never Summer Rocker Camber boards before, this has a very similar feel. The difference with this one is that there is a longer transition area on the nose of the board, which is made to get extra float in powder. There wasn’t any powder when I was able to ride the Swift, so I had to write this review based on riding on hardpacked snow, and soft slush in the afternoon when it warmed up.
There is the familiar Never Summer feel to the turns, where you can easily feel (and hear) the grip that comes from the board. Entry and exits of turns are smooth and consistent. Even if you are riding at high speed, the edge hold is really good, even on hardpacked snow. Granted, the board I road was brand new, so the edges were perfect, but it held a great edge. The flex is tough enough to be able to ride through chopped up and rough terrain with no problem, but it isn’t super stiff or aggressive.
The Swift has pretty good pop, I think that the medium/stiff flex, combined with the short tail gave it plenty of push back for ollies.
Overall, the Swift is a pretty fun board. You might think that it is only going to be useful in deep snow on powder days, but it is still fun, and very useful for riding in harder conditions. Unlike the trend of short fat pow boards, the regular length and stiffer flex mean it can handle more conditions that you might first think.
If you are after a board that is going to ride well in powder, but also like riding fast and carving around the mountain, this might be a good choice that will do both of those jobs. Have a look on the Pictures page to get an idea of the sort of varied riding people are able to do on it.
|Size (cm)||Waist (cm)||Edge (cm)||Sidecut (cm multiple radius ave)||Tip / Tail (cm)|
Despite having an employee discount (I’m a snowboard instructor), I did cringe at the price, but, whoa – this board is amazing. I feel invincible when I ride it – it’s very, very stable. It floats beautifully, and is great for dramatic, hand-dragging carves. It’s heavy – I’ve tried to jump with it, but it is a bit like having bricks strapped to you. It’s not meant for park, obviously. Clearly you can’t ride switch with this guy – I tried, and face planted after about 15 seconds. Lots of fun in the trees, though I do have trouble making quick edge changes (narrow tree runs and bumps), likely because I am a 5’3″ woman and bought the 162. The Swift is definitely a conversation piece – tuned in riders always stare at it when I’m getting on the lift/riding up and ask me questions. It’s the most attention I’ve received on the mountain in years! That being said – lock this baby up. Finally, this guy is FAST, easy to control, and absorbs shock better than any board I’ve ridden. Invincible!!