Hello and welcome to my Never Summer Snowtrooper review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Snowtrooper as an all-mountain snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Snowtrooper a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain snowboards.
Board: Never Summer Snowtrooper 2018
Price: $519 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Medium
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Soft (4/10)
Rating Score: 81.1/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain Boards
Out of the 27 men’s all-mountain snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 80.9/100
- The highest score was 92.1/100
- The lowest score was 63.4/100
- The average price was $490
- The Snowtrooper ranked 16th out of 27
As a beginner board it ranked in my top 15 beginner boards
Overview of the Snowtrooper’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Snowtrooper’s specs and available sizes.
|Style||All-Mountain||Flex||Medium-Soft (4 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Beginner to Expert||Feel||Loose-ish|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker (Never Summer's Original Rocker Camber)||Shape||Directional Twin|
|Stance Setback||Setback 15mm||Edge-hold||Hard snow|
|Price||$519 (USD)||Base||Sintered (Durasurf Sintered 4501 Base)|
|Waist Width (mm)||248||250||252||254||256||261||263||266|
|Weight Range (lbs)||110-160||120-170||125-175||135-185||145-195||130-180||145-195||150-200+|
|Weight Range (kgs)||50-70||55-75||57-80||60-85||65-90||60-80||65-90||65-90+|
Who is the Snowtrooper Most Suited to?
The Snowtrooper is a great board for a beginner who wants a board that they can keep riding forever, if they wanted to. Or if you wanted to upgrade to something stiffer at some point, you wouldn’t have to do it for a good while, such is the quality of the board.
The Snowtrooper is similar to the Never Summer West, just with a slightly softer flex and a more mellow camber profile.
For the rider who is beyond the beginner phase, the Snowtrooper is great for anyone who likes to ride the whole mountain, do a bit of everything but wants something easy going and playful for doing it on.
Also great for advanced riders who are skillful but not necessarily that athletic (it’s more physical to throw around a stiffer more aggressive board).
The Snowtrooper in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Snowtrooper is capable of.
Board: Never Summer Snowtrooper 2018, 156cm (252mm waist width)
Date: April 15, 2017
Conditions: Cloudy with periods of sun in the morning. Started snowing around midday (so much snow in April – it’s awesome!) Some fresh overnight snow made the snow nice and soft in the morning – hardened up as it was compacted but was still soft-packed. Then Softened up again a bit in the afternoon with the snow.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Above average in powder for sure. The Snowtrooper was reasonably effortless floating over powder – not like what you’d get from a heavily setback, long-nosed freeride board, but still pretty good.
Carving & Turning
It’s o.k. with carves. Not a carving king though.
But it’s great for quick turns, and it’s really forgiving of skidded turns – so, great in that respect for a beginner/intermediate rider – or for anyone who gets lazy and likes to skid a few turns here and there (I know I do sometimes!) – or gets caught in a situation where that happens.
It’s got a relatively loose feel to it – not super loose but definitely on the looser side. But it’s still got pretty decent edge hold in harder conditions.
Not a bomber but can handle itself at reasonable speeds. Got a little bit squirrelly at higher speeds and a bit of chatter at speed. But that’s to be expected given flex and camber of it.
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I found this board more enjoyable than most on uneven terrain, especially in chopped up resort snow.
Really fun on small to medium jumps and has decent pop for ollies and landing are pretty good too. A fun board to jump on. Not quite as confident on larger jumps with it – but definitely a fun board for smaller natural hits and small to medium jumps in the park.
It was a board that I found easy to spin too, so definitely a good one for spins too.
It’s got a directional twin shape and a 15mm (0.6”) setback so nothing too extreme in terms of being directional and setback. That said, it’s not perfect for switch either but pretty good, nonetheless.
Also, since it’s a really easy going ride, if you’re switch riding isn’t great yet, that it makes it easier to learn switch – not quite as easy as a centered true twin, easy going board but still definitely doable.
Can definitely jib on this board. Not the ideal jib board – but pretty good for a board that’s not designed as a jib specialist.
Changes from the 2017 Model
The 2018 model is virtually the same as the 2017 model, bar 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||81.1/100|
This is a board that has no standout strengths, but also not a single weakness. So, if you want a board that can do a bit of everything, but do it in an easy going, loose-ish kind of way, then this is definitely worth looking at.
This is also great for a beginner or intermediate rider looking to progress – and especially good for a beginner that wants a higher quality board to start out on and that they can keep with them for as long as they like.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in learning more about the Snowtrooper, are ready to buy or want to research current prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to see how the Snowtrooper compares to other all-mountain and other beginner snowboards or want to check out other options, check out the next links.