Hello and welcome to my Never Summer Harpoon snowboard review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Harpoon as a surfy freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Harpoon a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other surfy freeride snowboards.
Board: Never Summer Harpoon 2021
Style: Surfy Freeride
Flex Rating: Medium (5/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (6/10)
Rating Score: 83.9/100
Compared to other Men’s Surfy Freeride Boards
Out of the 28 men’s surfy freeride snowboards that I rated:
* note that the "surfy freeride" category is a new category here at Snowboarding Profiles - and represents freeride boards that are in that softer flex range - 6.5/10 or less. They're not necessarily "surfy" feeling boards as such - but "slightly softer flexing freeride" just didn't have the same ring as a category name!"
Overview of the Harpoon’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Harpoon's specs and available sizes.
Directional Hybrid Rocker- Never Summer's "Fusion Rocker Camber"
Setback (not sure what it is on effective edge but setback 60mm overall on board)
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Harpoon Most Suited To?
The Harpoon is a great option for anyone looking for a directional board, well suited to riding powder, but want more of a medium flex, than a stiff flex. And want more of a surfy feel than a carvy feel.
Not for a beginner but certainly doable for an intermediate rider. Making this also a great freeride option for intermediate riders who aren't ready for or simply don't want a stiff/technical freeride board.
The Harpoon in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Harpoon is capable of.
Board: Never Summer Harpoon 2021, 156cm (262mm waist width)
Date: February 29, 2020
Conditions: Cloudy with some blue sky and sun at times. Perfect visibility.
Quite cold at -4°C (24.8°F) and was supposed to be -11°C (12.2°F) with wind chill, but didn't feel as cold as that.
20cm (8") of fresh snow overnight, so plenty of fresh to test in. Conditions were awesome on and off groomer.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 545mm (21.5″)
Stance Setback: Setback 60mm overall on board (not sure about on effective edge, Never Summer doesn't publish that)
Width at Inserts: 277mm (10.9") at front insert and 270mm (10.6") at back insert
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 175lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Salomon Lo-Fi
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Damp or Chattery?
More damp than chattery, but just on the damp side of the scale.
Smooth or Snappy?
Smoother than it is snappy but pretty close to the middle of the scale.
Really fun in powder. A major strength of this board. And the specs back it up too. Tapered, wide, directional, setback and with a good amount of rocker in the profile.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Good on a carve. It has a smooth carving feeling, rather than a sharp feeling, but can lay it down pretty well. Not an epic carver, but very good nonetheless.
Turning: A nice consistent smooth turn, but nothing overly exciting.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Middle of the road in terms of maneuverability at slow speeds. It's not a tank, but it's not ultra nimble either. It's a wider board, so that usually stops it from being super agile, unless it's really short to make up for it.
Skidded Turns: Easy enough to skid turns on. Not beginner easy, but pretty easy.
Not an out and out bomber - and you wouldn't expect that with the flex. But it's pretty stable at decent amounts of speed.
It's pretty good without being amazing. For weaving through tight bumps it's middle of the road - not overly nimble for that. Absorbs crud and bumps pretty well though, without crushing it.
It's OK for jumps without being exciting.
Pop: Not a whole heap there. Certainly not as much as the Proto Synthesis I rode before it.
Approach: Good on approach. Stable enough for faster approaches and OK for trickier approaches.
Landing: Good. Nice wide platform to land on. Not a stomper but a good mix of solid yet forgiving.
Side-hits: Not ideal. Not amazing for trickier approaches and not a heap of pop.
Small jumps/Big jumps: Good for small jumps and OK for larger jumps, but probably best suited to medium.
Not ideal. This board is quite directional.
Not hard but also not easy to whip the spin around and not a heap of pop and not ideal for landing or setting up switch. Not terrible, but not great either.
There's some butterability in there. Not ultra buttery, but not unbutterable either.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Harpoon is a good option for those looking for a surfier feeling board that feels best in powder, but is still good for carving up the groomers too.
A good softer flexing freeride option that would work well for intermediate riders looking to get into freeriding or those that just wanting a softer flexing directional board and sees a fair bit of powder.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to check out some other surfy freeride snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Harpoon compares to other surfy freeride snowboards, then check out the next link.