Hello and welcome to my Never Summer Funslinger review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Funslinger as a freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Funslinger a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freestyle snowboards.
Board: Never Summer Funslinger 2018
Price: $519 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Soft
Flex Feel on Snow: Soft (3/10)
Rating Score: 90.1/100
Compared to other Men’s Freestyle Boards
Out of the 36 Men’s Freestyle snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 80.6/100
- The highest score was 90.7/100 (see below)
- The lowest score was 68.1/100
- The average price was $435
- The Funslinger ranked 2nd out of 36
Overview of the Funslinger’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Funslinger’s specs and available sizes.
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Expert||Feel||Semi-Stable|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker (Never Summer's Ripsaw Rocker)||Shape||Asymmetrical Twin|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Up to hard snow|
|Price||$519 (USD)||Base||Sintered (Durasurf XT Sintered 4501 Base)|
|Waist Width (mm)||245||247||248||250||253||255||258||262||264|
|Weight Range (lbs)||105-155||110-160||115-165||120-170||125-175||135-185||125-175||130-180||155-205|
|Weight Range (kgs)||48 - 70||50 -73||52 - 75||54 - 77||57 - 80||61 - 84||57 - 80||59 - 82||70 - 93|
Who is the Funslinger Most Suited to?
The Funslinger is best suited to those who like to spend most of their time in the park but also wants something that will carve pretty well when they feel the need.
First and foremost, it’s a park board and for jumps, spins, jibs and all that it’s at its best – but also nice to take on the groomers if you’re looking for natural hits.
Whilst many freestyle boards are good for beginners, ideally you’ll want to be at least at an intermediate level before strapping into the Funslinger.
The Funslinger in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Funslinger is capable of.
Board: Never Summer Funslinger 2018, 156cm (253mm waist width)
Date: April 9, 2017
Conditions: Mix of sun and cloud. Perfect visibility all day. Snow was also perfect for demoing – soft packed in most places, with some powder to be found but also some harder spots in places too. Not slushy which is rare this time of year. Quite cold too, especially first thing in the morning.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
I’d be lying if I said you couldn’t ride it in powder – you can ride anything in powder, of course, but that’s definitely not what this is made for or is good at.
It has probably the shortest tail and nose I’ve seen on a board and that’s not good for powder and it’s also centered and true twin. You can get away with it in shallow powder but for anything deep, you’ll be putting in a lot of effort to keep this thing above the snow.
Carving & Turning
A better carver than most freestyle boards. Not going to carve like a stiffer, directional board but as far as freestyle boards go it’s one of the better ones.
For standard turns it’s pretty quick edge-to-edge and you can definitely skid your turns on it when you need to.
Not a strong point of this board – but it’s better than you would think for what it is.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
This video refers to the 2018 model – but the 2018 and 2019 models are virtually the same.
It’s pretty easy going on uneven terrain – it’s got a good bit of give with the bumps and it’s reasonably damp for the type of board it is.
This is where this board begins to shine. This board has pop to burn. So, whether it’s popping off natural hits, hammering ollies off rollers or popping onto jibs or off the lips of jumps in the park – you get some awesome spring from this deck.
Spins are super easy too. I’ve ridden lighter boards for sure but with that practically non-existent tip and tail it’s super easy to rotate this board.
It also feels nice on landings.
When it comes to switch the Funslinger is about as good as it gets. And that’s no surprise given it’s asymmetrical twin shape and centered stance.
My preference for switch riding is to have that asymmetrical shape (the Funslinger’s heel-side side-cut is deeper than the toe edge side-cut) and the Funslinger is no exception – really easy and fun to ride switch and great for landing and riding off switch too.
This board is a nice little jibber. It’s agile and poppy for the approach, feels good on jibs – I like having that rocker between the feet for jibs and that softer flex is also nice there.
Changes from the 2018 Model
The 2018 and 2019 models are virtually the same, as far as I can tell, except for the graphic.
Changes from the 2017 Model
The 2018 and 2017 model are virtually the same board – only the graphics have changed.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||90.1/100|
Regardless of how this board carves, this is a great freestyle deck – the carving abilities are merely a bonus.
The stand out features of this board for me are the way it rides switch, the crazy amount of pop it has and the super low profile tip and tail.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Funslinger, are ready to buy or want to research availability and current prices, check out the links below.
If you want to see how the Funslinger compares to other freestyle boards or want to compare it to others in this category, check out the next link.