Board 8: Never Summer Shaper Twin
In a sea of choices, it can be challenging, if not impossible, to determine which snowboard is the right one for you strap into. That is why SNOWBOARDER Magazine created The Blackboard Experiment, to shine a light on some of the season's best freestyle snowboards in hopes that when you head to your local shop, you can find a deck that fits your riding, regardless of whether you're sending 50-footers or hotlapping the old guys' line.
With nine boards to the test in the 2017 edition of The Blackboard Experiment, we tapped Aussie pipe phenom, Scotty James, to put the collection of blank snowboards through the paces. Just as Sage Kotsenburg before him, Scotty doesn't have a board sponsor, so he can ride anything he wants. The two-time Olympian has medaled at X Games and the US Open, and possesses an innate edge control honed from years riding transition and lapping his home parks of Perisher.
Once again partnering with Mammoth Mountain we had Scotty test out all nine anonymous park boards, rating them in four categories over five days. The scores were tallied at the end in jibbing, jumping, transition, and carving to determine which deck stood out in each category, as well as the overall park destroyer. Check back in the coming days as we announce the different winners as well as the ratings for each deck tested!
Board 8: Never Summer Shaper Twin
Model Length Tested: 156
Additional Lengths: 153
Camber: Hybrid, Fusion Rocker Camber
Core: NS SuperLight Wood Core
Base: Durasurf XT Sintered 5501 Base
We put the edge-gripping hold, the snap out of turns, and the huge pop of Ripsaw Rocker Camber in the back of the Shaper Twin and combined it with the float and surfy feel of Original Rocker Camber in the front. The Fusion Rocker Camber is here to bring back the fun and fluidity that will make snowboarding dynamic again. We used a custom blend of wood species that was created to be the lightest weight, yet most durable core on the market and we have an exclusive, super fast, durable sintered base specifically for our higher end boards. Just the right amount of graphite has been added making the Durasurf XT Sintered 5501 Base the fastest we’ve ever used. The end result is a board that does everything and does it to the highest standards.
– Jenna Malmquist, Marketing Manager, Never Summer Snowboards
Scotty's First Impression:
It’s actually really fun. It’s pretty soft and a buttery, but still impressively responsive out of turns. There’s still quite a lot of energy generated, which is good.
Jib Score: 8
Really fun and easy to press. I enjoyed it. Locks into rails really easily. It felt comfortable right off the bat. Smooth on the in run and out run.
Jump Score: 7
Good. Yeah, a little soft, but it can still hold a good line into the jumps. Very tweakable. It feels pretty good through the soft snow, kind of hovers on top of the chowder.
Tranny Score: 7
With the reverse camber it doesn’t quite hold an edge quite as well for the transition. It’s a little bit soft and a little damp for popping in the halfpipe. The reverse camber is not great at the bottom of the transition. It gives too much. Same deal in the minipipe.
Carve Score: 9
I give it a nine because I enjoyed it. From regular to switch, it's easy to maneuver for turns. Surprisingly really responsive out of turns especially with the reverse camber in the middle and the camber under the feet. I really enjoyed riding it down just a regular, groomed run. I had a lot of fun. You can really make the most out of the board and its shape.