Hello and welcome to my Never Summer Shaper Twin review (renamed the Shaper for the 2022 model).
In this review, I will take a look at the Shaper Twin as a surfy freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Shaper Twin a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other surfy freeride snowboards.
Board: Never Summer Shaper Twin 2021
Style: Freeride - surfy, easy going freeride
Flex Rating: Medium (6/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (5.5/10)
Rating Score: 82.2/100
Compared to other Men’s Surfy Freeride Boards
Out of the 30 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 Shaper Twin’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Shaper Twin’s specs and available sizes.
Directional Hybrid Rocker- Never Summer's "Fusion Rocker Camber"
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
* note that the 151 and 161 are no longer as of the 2022 model
Who is the Shaper Twin Most Suited To?
The Shaper Twin is a great choice for anyone looking for that softer flexing, more surfy feeling freeride board, but also wants a more twin-like feel, than the average freeride board. So it's quite a unique option that may suit some rider's perfectly.
Not for beginners, but definitely a good option for an intermediate rider wanting a less daunting/less stiff/less aggressive option for getting into powder and freeriding.
The Shaper Twin in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Shaper Twin is capable of.
Board: Never Summer Shaper Twin 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: Centered
Width at Inserts: 274mm (10.8") at front insert and 268mm (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?
Somewhere in the middle. Maybe just on the damp side of middle.
Smooth or Snappy?
Right in the middle, I'd say.
Fun in powder. It's not something that will be effortless just sitting back and floating in super deep powder, given it's centered stance (though you could set it back) and twin shape, but it's probably the best centered stance twin board I've ridden in powder. It's got a fun surfy feel in powder.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Can lay down a carve on it, but not ultra carvy.
Turning: Good for regular turns. A feel that was a mix between the smoother feel of the Harpoon (which I also rode that day) and the snappier feel of the Proto Synthesis (which I also rode that day).
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Decently agile at slower speeds. More agile at slower speeds vs the Harpoon, but not quite as agile as the Proto Synthesis.
Skidded Turns: Not super easy for skidded turns, but not bad either.
Good at speed, without being a full on bomber. Felt better to ride it more surfy/slashy, than straight lining it. But you could still straight line it to an extent.
Handled crud well and was good for weaving through bumpy terrain too.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
A decent board for jumps without being amazing. Beter than the Harpoon, IMO, but not as good as the Proto Synthesis.
Pop: OK but not as good as the Proto
Approach: Stable enough and nimble enough but neither ultra stable nor ultra nimble
Landing: Solid landings, without being a stomper
Small jumps/Big jumps: Good across the board, with medium jumps the sweet spot.
For a board with taper it actually wasn't too bad riding switch. One of the better options for this category of board.
Good for spins. Decent pop, decent switch and relatively easy to get the spin around.
Decently buttery. Easier to butter than the average board.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Shaper Twin is a board I enjoyed riding. It's quite a unique ride that will suit some well.
Not many like it, so doesn't really fit any particular category that well, but the new surfy freeride category is it's best fit, IMO.
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 Shaper Twin compares to other surfy freeride snowboards, then check out the next link.