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If you couldn't care less about sliding rails and want a powerful, fast board for tackling steep, technical terrain in any conditions from bottomless powder to boilerplate, the Never Summer Raptor X Wide Snowboard is your new favorite deck. A directional hybrid rocker profile and Carbonium technology offer a super-responsive ride that cruises smoothly through chunder and floats effortlessly in the deep stuff, yet is unbelievably stable at speed.

The Directional Rocker Camber profile tweaks the standard RC profile by increasing the length of the camber in the front while shifting the rocker zone closer to the tail to improve carving performance, stability at speed, and powder flotation. Carbonium Laminate Technology uses an advanced carbon matrix in the fiberglass to reduce weight while increasing response and strength. The Carbonium Damping System (CDS) uses rubber foils to absorb vibrations without sacrificing response, giving it the smoothest ride in Never Summer's line. Never Summer's signature Vario Power Grip sidecut uses additional contact points to help you hold and edge on even the iciest of slopes.

  • Directional rocker between the inserts with camber outside the bindings
  • Directional shape
  • Vario Power Grip sidecut
  • Carbonium laminate and Bi-Lite fiberglass
  • CDS dampening system
  • NS Superlight wood core
  • Durasurf XT sintered base
  • Carbonium topsheet
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I've been riding ns legacy 174's for about the last 10 years. I'm 6'6 and I was concerned this board would be way too short for me. Although I would appreciate another 5-10 cm out of ns in general, this board in a 169 does not feel too short. I've had issues going over the nose of other ns 169 models in the past and ended up selling them. Add on to that that this is the lightest most responsive board I have ridden in years and I'm thrilled with it. Not that I'm complaining, but I've only ridden it in 26" fresh and a second day in 16" fresh, so I've yet to see how it handles on any hard pack. It does seem to hold an edge much better on traverses than my 11/12 legacy with rocker. From what I can tell so far, nothing squirrelly underfoot.

Unrelated, but ns needs to bring back some longer models for us taller guys. Super disappointed they dropped the 174's from their lineup. My 181 venture storm gets a lot more use now (side note another awesome board).