Hello and welcome to my Never Summer Dipstick review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Dipstick as a freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Dipstick a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freestyle snowboards.
Board: Never Summer Dipstick 2020
Flex Rating: Soft
Flex Feel on Snow: Soft (3/10)
Rating Score: 83.5/100
Compared to other Men’s Freestyle Boards
Out of the 37 men’s freestyle snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Dipstick’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Dipstick’s specs and available sizes.
Hybrid Rocker Never Summer's Original Rocker Camber
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
* Note that the 2021 model looses 2 sizes. The 2020 model also had a 153X and a 159.
Who is the Dipstick Most Suited To?
The Dipstick is great for anyone who predominantly wants to ride the park or wants a separate board to ride the park with.
Also great for anyone just starting out in the park - or even just starting out snowboarding in general. Good beginner board option. But also good for more advanced riders for freestyle riding.
Best for smaller jumps/spins, side hits, buttering and jibs. Not as suitable for big air/big tricks. Also fun for double-direction shallow powder surfing.
Not for bombing or doing aggressive carves - this is a buttery playful freestyle board.
The Dipstick in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Dipstick is capable of.
Board: Never Summer Dipstick 2020, 156cm (254mm waist width)
Date: April 13, 2019
Conditions: Snowing! A little dust on crust off piste in places but some really good fresh powder spots in other spots. On groomer good, getting a little cruddy later in the day.
Cold for mid-April. Around 20°F (-7°C), with wind chill. Visibility not perfect but not terrible either.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 550mm (21.7″)
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 265mm (10.43")
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 185lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Vans Aura
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Never going to be great in deep powder, but quite a fun surfy feel in powder. And good when you want to ride switch in powder too as it's as good in both directions.
Would be hard work to keep nose afloat in deep powder though - and certainly not best of the best going in one direction in powder.
Carving & Turning
Super nimble at slower speeds - so it's great for technical, tight trees, in that sense. Also makes it really good for a beginner. Plus really easy to skid turns on, which also favors beginners.
That nimbleness also helped with approaches to trickier access side-hits.
Not really suited for big arcing or aggressive carves. But can carve - has a more snappy short sharp feel to the carve.
As expected, this board starts to get wobbly when you try to open it out. For this flex, it's what was expected. You don't have to be going that fast before it starts to wobble a bit.
For bumps it's great for going in between them (really nimble) and absorbs well when going over.
For crud those things also help, but it's not one to crash through crud, like some boards can. It will go over top fine though.
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Doesn't have epic pop, but there's some decent pop there. And what's there is really easily accessible. You don't have to put much into it to load it up.
Approach: Nice and nimble for trickier approaches but gets a bit wobbly for approaches where you need more straight line speed, like bigger jumps
Landing: Solid enough but for bigger jumps, it can feel a bit wobbly on landings too
Side-hits: Great for small side-hits - nice and nimble and with decent, easy pop and and really easy to spin.
Small jumps: Really really good. Enough stability on approach and landings, easy to spin, and decent, easy pop.
Big jumps: Not the best option for big jumps. A little too soft and playful for those.
Basically as good as it gets for switch.
This board is awesome for getting spins around. It feels light to spin, has enough pop to get you off the ground and gets around really effortlessly. For bigger tricks off bigger jumps, not as good - and a little more pop would have it scoring even higher, but overall a great little spinner.
Really easy/nice for hitting jibs with.
Super buttery. Really easy to butter.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Dipstick is a great all-round park/freestyle-everywhere-else board, if you're looking for something that's loose and playful. Pretty much ideal for anyone starting out in the park or anyone that just likes their park riding playful and doesn't tend to hit bigger features.
Not a bomber, not an aggressive carver and not ideal for really big features but really fun and a great option for playful freestyle riding over the mountain or in the park. A really snappy, buttery, loose, spinny playful ride.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to check out some other freestyle snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Dipstick compares to other freestyle snowboards, then check out the next link.