Below is a quick overview of the 2021 Never Summer snowboards lineup.
First I will look at new boards for the 2020-21 season, and then the old 2019-20 boards that aren't returning with a 2021 model.
Then I'll look at each board and put them into the categories where I see them fitting best.
New 2021 Never Summer Snowboards
The new boards for 2020-21 are:
Exiting 2020 Never Summer Snowboards
The 2020 boards that aren't returning with a 2021 model:
All 2021 Never Summer Snowboards by Category
I have categorized Never Summer's 2020-21 collection below. This is according to the categories here at SnowboardingProfiles.com and not necessarily the same as how Never Summer categorizes them.
Of course these are only broad categories as every board is different, but this is a rough guide.
NEVER SUMMER BEGINNER SNOWBOARDS
NEVER SUMMER PARK/FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDS
NEVER SUMMER ALL-MOUNTAIN-FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDS
NEVER SUMMER AGGRESSIVE ALL-MTN-FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDS
NEVER SUMMER ALL-MOUNTAIN SNOWBOARDS
NEVER SUMMER FREERIDE SNOWBOARDS
NEVER SUMMER POWDER & SHORT/WIDE SNOWBOARDS
NEVER SUMMER SPLIT BOARDS
NEVER SUMMER YOUTH SNOWBOARDS
So there you have the 2021 Never Summer snowboards.
6 new boards in and 6 boards out. The Proto Ultra is a stand alone board, whilst the Harpoon, a mix of the outgoing Maverix and Instagator, replaces both of them at once.
The other changes come in the Proto series, with the Slinger, Synthesis, Women's Syntheis and Mini Synthesis replacing the Funslinger, Proto Type Two, Women's Proto Type Two and Mini Proto. Not just name changes though, there are other changes - mostly the re-jigged camber profile. For more details on the changes, see the "New 2021 Never Summer Snowboards" section at the top of this post.
I was able to test a good few 2021 Never Summer boards (including the new Proto Synthesis, Proto Slinger and Harpoon) and I'll release my reviews for those throughout the year. For all Never Summer reviews on Snowboarding Profiles, check out the link below.
Hope you are having a fun season. I ended up getting the 2021 women’s Protosynthesis 142 this season and I love it, so much that I no longer want to ride my 145 Dream Catcher. I just find it harder to maneuver and it’s not as fun as the Proto. On Saturday we had a ton of powder in Crystal Mountain in WA and while the Proto was fun, it was just okay in powder. Which Never Summer board would you recommend for all mountain powder days? The Lady West or women’s Harpoon? On Saturday I ventured off piste, steep and deep, trees and all over the mountain. It was fun! I’m 5’2, 125 lbs and wear a 6.5 boot. What are your thoughts?
Thanks for your message and awesome that you’re loving your Protosynthesis.
Not surprised how you found it in powder, not designed for powder, IMO.
Both the Lady West and Harpoon will give you a good bit more in powder, IMO. I prefer the West Bound (men’s Lady West equivalent) over the Harpoon and it’s better, IMO for riding on groomers and harder off piste stuff as well. So I’d be leaning Lady West for you, but certainly if powder is the main concern of the board, then both will work well.
For the Lady West, I would say go 144. I think that size would work really well for your specs all round. If you wanted to really maximize float in powder but sacrifice in terms of maneuverability, then you could look at the 147, but based on how you found the 145 Dream Catcher to maneuver (and part of that would have been the width, I imagine – even though it only looks subtly wider by waist width versus the Proto Synthesis 142 and Lady West 144, it’s wider at the inserts than it looks), then I would probably be leaning 144.
If you went Harpoon, I’d go 142. But keep in mind that this is a good bit wider, and I’m not sure the 142 will be short enough to make up for how wide it will feel for your boots. I think if you went this board, it would make sense to down-size more than that, if you were to have the option. So sizing-wise, I think the Lady’s Choice makes more sense.
Hope this helps and hope you’re having a good season too