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West Bound Snowboard
For riders who are striving to go bigger, faster, and gnarlier, the only choice is the Never Summer West Bound Snowboard. Taking the annual favorite, West Snowboard, Never Summer cranked it up a notch with a new shape, a pinch of taper, and the Recluse Web Carbon Layup, which gives you more pop with less weight. All of these features help you float better, carve better, maneuver better, and just be an overall better rider, everywhere you take it on the mountain.
Separating itself from the West right off the bat, the West Bound is equipped with the Fusion Rocker Camber profile, which has the edge gripping hold, snap out of turns, and huge pop of Ripsaw RC in the back, along with the float and surfy feel of Original RC in the front. Never Summer paired this fun and fluid profile with a mid-stiff flex and directional tapered shape that'll help you go right from blasting through frothy powder laps to charging down chopped-up, sketchy chutes on bad snow days. The Recluse Web Carbon Layup cuts down on bulky weight without compromising power, response, or stability at high speeds, and the classic NS SuperLight wood core maintains the snap you love from NS decks, yet again without added weight. RDS 2 Damping smooths out harsh chatter and painful impacts from overshot jumps, while the Durasurf sintered base maintains high speeds in slow snow conditions even after going a few days without waxing.
- Faster, floatier, and more responsive take on the iconic West
- Hybrid rocker has power in the back, float in the front
- Directional tapered shape for versatile, nimble control
- Mid-stiff flex gives the power you need for all-mountain use
- Recluse Web Carbon layup enhances response and pop
- Lightweight wood core cuts down on bulk, without losing snap
- Bi-Lite wrap promotes a smooth, surfy feel underfoot
- Sintered base stays fast multiple days in a row
- Item #NVS008A
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have always been a park rat, I am not good at it, but riding park was my only motivation to buy a pass. I typically preferred softer, more playful, twin style boards.
The Never Summer Swift changed that for me. It was the first time I had ridden a board and had no desire to do park laps, carving was unlike any board I had ridden before. The Swift literally changed my perspective on riding, which is a big deal because I have been snowboarding since 1996.
Now why am I talking about the Swift in a review about the new West Bound? Because the West evolved this year, into a totally new board with the West Bound. It shares a similar Fusion Rocker Camber profile to the Swift, and has a tapered profile, with a slightly wider nose that will make it better on powder days. Basically the West became somewhat of a Shaper Series board and it is better for it. The board is nicely dampened, it doesn't feel numb but does a fantastic job silencing ice chatter. This thing digs tranches, it has a fantastically fun carving profile. The last thing I will mention is that this board feels more agile than the Swift, heel to toe carves take a little less effort and happen faster. The Westbound is simply a fantastic All Mountain snowboard. It is stable, relatively stiff (I would give it a 7/10) and it loads up nicely in turns.
The original west was good, but nothing to write home about. This new West Bound brings a unique ride that sets it apart from the rest and I highly recommend it.
Boards I have ridden in the last year just so you know where I am coming from: NeverSummer Shaper Twin, Funslinger, Swift, Burton Custom, Kilroy 3D, Battaleon Evil Twin, Rome Ravine, Endeavor B.O.D., Salomon Assassin Pro, and a lot more boards than that if we go back more than the last year. (I love Demo's)
Chips in base
It arrived with 3 small chips in the base and a 2 1/2 inch long scratch in the base as well. Rather than deal with returning it I'm just gonna fix it myself .
Fantastic and fun board
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Absolutely love this board. Got it to be a little more freeride/powder focused and it is an absolute blast. It's incredibly alive and responsive and feels like it's laughing as much as you are as it blasts through fresh tracks. It also has performed surprisingly well on packed powder and other varied conditions. It's a pretty loose ride so not something I'd want to be hard carving with, but I found it's flexibility and desire to butter around and slide to be a ton of fun. Despite this it still maintains composure really well at speed. The graphics are also great and the board seems to be beautifully well made.