Hello and welcome to my Never Summer Ripsaw review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Ripsaw as a Aggressive All-Mtn-Freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Ripsaw a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other Aggressive All-Mtn-Freestyle snowboards.
Board: Never Summer Ripsaw 2020
Price: $559 (USD recommended retail)
Style: Aggressive All-Mtn-Freestyle
Flex Rating: Mid Firm
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Stiff (7.5/10)
Rating Score: 86.2/100
Compared to other Men’s Aggressive All-Mtn-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 20 men’s Aggressive All-Mtn-Freestyle snowboards that I rated:
- The average price was $553 (USD)
- The average score was 84.2/100
- The highest score was 92.0/100
- The lowest score was 74.7/100
- The Ripsaw ranked 9th out of 20
Overview of the Ripsaw’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Ripsaw’s specs and available sizes.
|Style||Aggressive All-Mountain-Freestyle (NS calls it an “All Mountain Twin”)||Flex||Medium-Stiff (7.5 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Advanced to Expert||Feel||Semi Locked-In|
|Weight||Normal bordering on Heavy||Turn Initiation||Fast when riding fast, slow and heavy when going slow.|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker Never Summer’s Ripsaw Rocker Camber||Shape||True Twin|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Good in hard snow, OK in icy snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||252||254||257||260||264||266|
|Weight Range (kgs)||57 – 79||61 – 84||66 – 88||59 – 82||64 – 86||73 – 95|
|Weight Range (lbs)||125-175||135-185||145-195||130-180||140-190||160-210|
Note that the 2020 and previous models had a 153, which is not available in the 2021 model.
Who is the Ripsaw Most Suited to?
The Ripsaw is most suited to anyone who likes to charge hard, in every sense of the word. Bombing with speed, carving, hitting what ever jump, lip, roller, etc you can find and hitting it hard.
It’s a freestyle oriented hard charger – but when I say freestyle, I don’t mean the kind when you slow it down and play around – but rather the kind for jumps, spins etc. Not so much for buttering and jibs though.
It’s a groomer/park focused board, not really for powder/the backcountry and prefers going fast over slow. Definitely not for a beginner or casual rider.
The Ripsaw in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Ripsaw is capable of.
Board: Never Summer Ripsaw 2019, 159 (254mm waist width)
Date: March 3, 2018
Conditions: The snow had a great medium feel to it. Relatively firm but certainly not hard and not overly soft. Off groomer was nice too and there were a few pockets of untracked powder from snow from a couple of days previous. Sunny and perfect visibility. Temperature was -7 with wind.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 264mm (10.39“)
Weight: Felt a little heavy on snow but felt normal in hand. It’s got quite a bit of camber, and is quite stiff which is likely what made it feel a little heavy on snow.
Didn’t feel super floaty over the patches of powder I went through. Didn’t have endless fields of powder to play in but from what I had it didn’t feel like it would be amazing – and the specs don’t suggest it either. Not awful but not great either.
Carving & Turning
This board likes to carve and it really likes to do it at pace.
When riding it slow, it felt a bit heavy to turn and lacked a bit of agility, but as soon as you got this going at a reasonable clip, it started to purr. Felt nice to hold long carves on and felt responsive and energetic when hitting the hill with some pace.
I felt I had to put a lot into this board to get the best out of it, but once you throw in that effort – and that effort becomes easier when riding at pace, then you can get the goods out of it.
This board likes to ride fast. Doesn’t feel that comfortable going slow but comes into its own once you get a bit of speed on. Feels stable at speed and just feels at home at speed.
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It’s quite unforgiving on uneven terrain if you try to meander over it. Best way to ride this board is to charge and if it’s cruddy, then I found trying to go slow, like doing anything slow on this board, wasn’t very useful, but again at pace, you could kind of fly over top or cut through it. But yeah, not the easiest without good technique.
A really fun board to jump on, especially for larger jumps. It’s the board built for large jumps. It’s got a really solid landing base, and its got really good pop.
Like everything with this board, you’ve got to give it some effort to get the pop out of it, but once you put it in, you really get it back.
If you’re not that capable with jumps yet, then it would be a difficult board to start jumping on – can be a little unforgiving on landings if you’re not really stomping it – and harder to make little adjustments on approach at slow speeds, if you’re not set up quite right. And the pop isn’t the easiest to access.
Also, if you’re approaching side hits relatively slowly and want that agility to hit tricky approaches, then it’s not ideal. It’s got quite a locked in feel.
But overall a killer jumper, especially for the bigger kickers.
Great for riding switch. It’s a true twin so doesn’t get much better. If you’re just starting to ride switch then it wouldn’t the easiest to learn to ride switch on, just as it wouldn’t be easy to learn in any direction as a beginner.
Doable but not what I would call fun.
I didn’t take it into the pipe but it’s got all the makings of a good pipe board, fast, stable, good edge grip in hard conditions, twin and poppy.
Changes from the 2020 Model
The 2021 model lkooks to be identical to the 2020 model, except for the graphic. The only change is that they’re not longer making the 153 size.
Changes from the 2019 Model
The only change I could see for the 2020 model vs the 2019 model, was the way they do the topsheet, but otherwise looks like it’s identical to the 2019 model, bar the graphic.
Changes from the 2018 Model
As far as I can tell the 2019 and 2018 models are, for all intents and purposes, the same – apart from the graphic.
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||86.2/100|
The Ripsaw is a ripper. Not for the faint hearted. If you’re a strong rider, both technically and physically, and you like to ride aggressively but still want to be able to ride/land switch well and you like to hit big kickers, then this could be the dream board for you.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Ripsaw, are ready to buy or want to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to see how the Ripsaw compares to other men’s Aggressive All-Mtn-Freestyle snowboards or want to check out some other options in that category, check out the next link.