Welcome to the Never Summer Raven Review.
This review aims to determine how suitable the Raven is as an all-mountain snowboard for women.
Board: Never Summer Raven
Price: $499 (USD recommended retail)
Flex: Medium (pushing medium stiff)
Rating Score: 86.9/100
Compared to other Women’s All Mountain Boards
Here are the stats of all of the women’s all-mountain snowboards that I rated:
- I looked at 26 women’s all-mountain boards
- The average score was 79.9/100
- The highest score was 90/100
- The lowest score was 66.3/100
- The Raven ranked 4th out of 26.
Overview of the Raven’s Specs
Below are the Raven’s specs and available sizes.
|Ability Level:||Intermediate to Expert||Weight:||Feels Normal|
|Shape:||Directional Twin||Camber Profile:||Hybrid Rocker|
|Stance:||Setback -25mm||Turn Initiation:||Easy|
|Feel:||Semi-Stable||Edge-hold:||Up to Hard Snow Conditions|
|Waist Width (mm)||236||237||238||239||240|
|Weight Range (lbs)||90 – 145||100 – 155||110 – 160||120 – 170||130 – 180|
|Weight Range (kgs)||40-65||45-70||49-73||54-77||59-82|
Who is the Raven Most Suited to?
The Raven was definitely more aggressive than most women’s boards. It probably isn’t the ideal board in the park but it will hold it’s own in there if it’s only somewhere you go every now and then.
So if you’re looking for a more aggressive all-mountain board then this is probably going to suit you well. If you’re after something a bit more playful then it’s probably not quite what you’re after.
In general it’s for:
- A woman (or a man with smaller feet that needs a narrower board)
- Likes to mostly ride the groomers but may occasionally go into the backcountry or the park
- Suitable for any conditions from powder to hard snow conditions
- Anyone with a budget around $450 and above
The Raven In Depth
Briefly let’s take a look a the different areas of strength and weakness for the Raven.
The Raven enjoys powder. This is partly because of the rocker sections under and between the feet which helps with float and party due to the Raven’s setback stance – it is setback 25mm.
Partly due to it’s quite stiff flex, partly due it’s “serrated” edges, partly due to the camber sections just on the outsides of the bindings and partly due to some other technologies that I won’t bore you with, this board is a really good carver.
While there are a few factors that count towards speed, the base is a big one. The Raven has a sintered base – so this board produces good speed (as long as you keep it waxed).
This board has some pretty good dampening and some decent float. This, amongst other things helps it to ride over uneven terrain.
It’s stance isn’t centered and it doesn’t have a true twin shape so it won’t feel perfect riding switch. But the directional twin shape is the next best thing to true twin for switch and 25mm isn’t a huge setback so it does handle riding in your unnatural direction pretty well.
The camber profile is pretty good for both launching off jumps, doing ollies and landing jumps.
The Raven isn’t the best jibber in the world – this is its weakest point. It’s not like it won’t jib, but it won’t be great.
This is partly down to the stiffer flex which isn’t ideal for jibbing. Also whilst those serrated, grippy edges are great for edge hold, they do make it more difficult to jib.
The Raven is well suited to riding the pipe if that’s part of your repertoire or want it to become part of your repertoire.
The sintered base gives it speed to help power it up the pipe walls, the stiffer flex helps with stability and the edge-hold helps you with grip.
The Final Verdict and Score Breakdown
O.k. below is the Raven’s score breakdown so you can see more clearly where its strengths and weaknesses lie.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||86.9/100|
As far as Women’s all mountain snowboards go the Raven is up there with the best. It is very solid against all categories (except maybe jibbing) which is exactly what you want out of a board that is designed to do it all.