Hello and welcome to my Never Summer West review. This review will assess the NS West as an all-mountain snowboard.
As per SnowboardingProfiles.com tradition I will give the board a score out of 100 and compare it to other all mountain snowboards.
Board: Never Summer West
Price: $569 (USD recommended retail)
Flex: Medium (6/10)
All Mountain Rating Score: 89.6/100
Compared to other Men’s All Mountain Boards
Out of all the Men’s All-Mountain snowboards that I rated:
- I looked at 26 different men’s all mountain boards
- The average score was 81.8/100
- The highest score was 90.9/100
- The lowest score was 65.2/100
- The West ranked 4th out of 26.
Overview of the West’s Specs
Check out the tables below for the West’s Specs and Sizing
|Style||All-Mountain||Flex||Medium (6 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Expert||Feel||Stable|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker||Shape||Directional|
|Stance Setback||Setback 20mm||Edge-hold||Hard snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||248||250||252||254||256||261||263||266||266|
|Weight Range (kgs)||50 - 73||54 - 77||57 - 79||61 - 84||66 - 88||59 - 82||64 - 86||75 - 98||77-100+|
|Weight Range (lbs)||110 - 160||120 - 170||125 - 175||135 - 185||145 - 195||130 - 180||140 - 190||165 - 215||170-220+|
Who is the West Most Suited to
The West is best suited to anyone who wants one board that can do whatever you throw at it. It’s got that rare ability to be playful when you want it to and more aggressive when you feel for it.
If you do a lot of jibbing then there are probably better all-mountain boards that lean that way but if jibbing’s not something you do a lot or only every now and then, then the West should be on your radar.
The West in more detail
O.k. let’s take a look at some of the details and then we’ll look at the score breakdown and my final verdict.
I spent 4 days on this board – and it left me wanting more. I had various conditions on these days including powder, hard pack, some ice and some slushy conditions. I rode the West with Flux DS bindings with +18/+3 binding angles.
The West has a 20mm setback stance and has rocker in the camber profile. This definitely showed and I appreciated how this floated over the powder pockets I found.
It’s not a powder king but it definitely floats decently with little effort.
This is where the West comes into its own. As an all-mountain deck it’s never going to be perfect at one thing but it came pretty close when it came to carving. The camber sections, side-cut, shape and flex all help this to be a pretty darn good carver.
But it’s still good for skidding turns too and is pretty fast from edge to edge.
Let’s break up all this text with a video
You definitely notice the sintered base on this thing and the 6/10 flex along with the camber sections definitely help to give it some real speed and stability at speed. Not like you’d get out of a freeride board or a more aggressive all-mountain board but it strikes a good balance with other aspects.
Sometimes boards of this flex can feel the bumps in the rough stuff but I found the West actually hugged the terrain reasonably well and cut through chop well too.
You can definitely ride this switch. It’s not going to have the same switch feel as a centered, true twin deck of course and I rode with +18/+3 angles so it doesn’t feel that natural – but certainly landing in and riding in switch for brief periods was more than doable.
I really enjoyed jumps on the West. It feels good on approach and you can really stomp those landings. I spent half of one of the days I did on the West in the park just doing jumps (the top of the mountain was white-out and not that much fun) and I had a blast.
Probably the West’s biggest weakness – as I said earlier if you do a lot of jibbing then there are probably better options. That said, you can definitely hit the odd box or rail and still enjoy it.
If you like to ride the pipe then the West will be an awesome tool in there. I didn’t take it in the pipe, but it has great edge-hold, great speed and should climb those pipe walls really well in my opinion.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the score breakdown in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||89.6/100|
I absolutely loved riding this board and will be sad to see it go. I had a blast on it and it really was an extremely versatile and fun board to ride. You could get really aggressive with it but you could also slow things down and get playful with it too.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
Check out the links below to learn more about the West and where to buy and to see if it’s available in your size. I have included a couple of options below in case one or the other doesn’t have your size.
Thanks for reading and I hope you found this review helpful. If you’re keen to check out some other all-mountain and aggressive all mountain options check out the links below.