The following is a quick overview of the 2022 Never Summer snowboards lineup.
First I will take a look at any new boards for the 2021-22 season, followed by any old 2020-21 boards that won't be getting a 2022 model.
Then I'll place each board into the categories where I see them fitting best.
New 2022 Never Summer Snowboards
The new boards for 2021-22 are:
Exiting 2021 Never Summer Snowboards
The 2021 boards that aren't returning with a 2022 model:
All 2022 Never Summer Snowboards by Category
Below I have categorized Never Summer's 2021-22 lineup. This is according to the categories here at SnowboardingProfiles.com and not necessarily the same as how Never Summer might label 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 AGGRESSIVE 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 2022 Never Summer snowboards.
In with the New
As is Never Summer's style, there have been some significant changes to the lineup, even in a year where changes have been limited with a lot of brands, due to Covid-19.
They have released more new camber profiles (after releasing their new Shock Wave Camber for some of the boards in their 2021 lineup) - the Triple Camber found on the new Proto FR and the directional hybrid camber (which they are calling Traditional Camber) they have on their Hammer (though this was a late 2021 release technically).
Whilst the Hammer's profile is nothing out of the ordinary in the industry, the Triple Camber looks pretty unique.
Along with the Proto FR and Hammer, they have also introduced 4 new split boards - 3 men's and 1 women's, plus a new kids board (which essentially just merges the Starlet and Bantam from last season).
Out with the Old
The biggest surprise this season isn't the additions, but the subtractions. The Westbound looks to be no longer! With the West surprisingly dropping out a couple of years back, this was quite surprising - but Never Summer are no strangers to making surprises.
The Dipstick, Shade, Chairman and Heritage also part ways - though these less surprisingly as their seemed to be limited availability for 2021 models.
2 of the existing split boards made way, but with 4 more coming in, there is now one more men's split board and one more women's splitboard compared with their 2021 lineup.
A total of 7 new boards coming in and 9 models exiting.
The overall focus of the line seems to have shifted more to the freeride end of the spectrum than in the past, with an increase in split models also. Still a good number of freestyle options, but proportionally less than their used to be.
The Ripsaw changed it's name from Ripsaw to Ripper and gets a small 0.5" (12.5mm setback) but otherwise is the same board (apart from the graphic of course. Ditto for the Shaper Twin changing to simply "Shaper" (the Shaper also now has just a 153, 156 and 159 - dropping the 151 and 161 it had for the 2021 model).
The following also changed:
- Proto Ultra gaining a 160
- Proto Synthesis drops sizes 149, 154X and 163X
- Harpoon drops 142
- Proto Slinger drops 146, 151 & 159
- Big Gun drops 157, 161 & 174
- Swift dropping the 152 and 167
- Snowtrooper dropping the 162
- Peacemaker dropping the 158
- East dropping the 165
Not much in terms of tweaking any of the existing boards, but quite a lot of size cuts.
As per usual I will publish any reviews for Never Summer boards I've tested recently throughout the year. For all of Snowboarding Profiles' Never Summer reviews check out the link at the button below.