Hello and welcome to my Never Summer Heritage snowboard review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Heritage as an all-mountain snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Heritage a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain snowboards.
NOTE: The 2021 model was the last model of the Heritage.
Board: Never Summer Heritage 2021
Flex Rating: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 82.1/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain Boards
Out of the 36 men’s all-mountain snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Heritage’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Heritage’s specs and available sizes.
Sintered (Durasurf XT Sintered 5501)
Felt a touch heavier than normal
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
*DF = drag free
Who is the Heritage Most Suited To?
The Heritage is a great option for those who are looking for something stiffer, but want a forgiving, just on the looser side, feeling camber profile. That might be someone with a bit more weight who tend to over flex a softer flexing board.
And someone looking for a board that does a bit of everything, something versatile.
Not for beginners, too stiff for that, but high end intermediate rider's should be fine with it or bigger high-end beginners to low-end intermediate riders.
The Heritage in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Heritage is capable of.
Board: Never Summer Heritage 2021, 158cm (254mm 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: 535mm (21″)
Stance Setback: 20mm (0.75")
Width at Front Insert: 265mm (10.43")
Width at Back Insert: 264mm (10.39")
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 175lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Salomon Lo-Fi
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Damp or Chattery?
Really quite damp feeling. A good way up the scale on the damp side.
Smooth or Snappy?
Definitely more smooth than snappy.
Didn't feel exciting in powder, but was decent.
And the specs also back up that it can handle powder pretty well without being a real powder hound.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Solid on a carve. Smooth carver, rather than a snappy, energetic carver. No real X factor.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Not terrible but not overly agile either.
Skidded Turns: Not too bad to skid turns on, but not super easy either.
Pretty good at speed. It's got the flex for it. That looser feeling camber profile stops it from being an out and out bomber, but all round pretty good.
Good but not amazing. Holds it's on but feels like it sits somewhere in between being that agile, nimble kind of board in uneven terrain, that you can nip around on and correct your course easily when you get bucked around a bit and the other end of the scale the kind of board you can just over power crud and just crush through it on.
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Just lacked a bit of liveliness for jumps for me, overall.
Pop: Not too much pop, not a lot of spring/life in it
Approach: Pretty stable and nimble enough, but without being super nimble or super stable.
Landing: Not a stomper but solid enough.
Side-hits: Nothing terrible but nothing special.
Small jumps/Big jumps: Medium to large straight airs.
Very doable. Not ideal, but pretty good.
Wasn't the easiest to get the spin around - lacked spring and felt a little heavy. OK without being great for setting up/landing switch.
Not great for setups and no life popping on and off jibs either.
There's some butterability there, but it takes a bit of effort. Not hard to butter, but not easy. Middle of the road.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
Middle of the road. Nothing bad about it but nothing exciting either. Felt like an old school "normal" board
There’s nothing bad about this board, but it’s just a little dull. I feel like it should either have more camber – like throw the ripsaw camber on it or even the new shock wave camber and make it more of an aggressive all-mountain board. It’s flex would suit that better. Or go back to the West – and have it more of a mid-flexing board with the ripsaw rocker. I feel that original rocker camber works well on the Snowtrooper, with that softer flex and just then being an all-round forgiving, playful all-mountain ride, but the Heritage kind of falls a little in no man’s land for me.But that said, if you like a smooth, damp ride and not looking for that x-factor, just want a stiffer board but a forgiving camber profile, then I’m sure there are rider’s out there it would suit, and it’s still a well built, quality board as you’d expect from Never Summer but just not for me.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to check out some other all-mountain snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Heritage compares to other all-mountain snowboards, then check out the next link.