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Neversummer Summit Splitboard

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Just picked the first one up ever. With the Heritage topsheet and Neversummer Colorado flag bottom. I can't wait to put this to snow tomorrow.

Reviews will come this weekend. Big thanks to the Blaho Brothers for making this. The craftsmenship is amazing.
post #2 of 15
Awaiting review with baited breath. Something very elegant about that shape.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
It rides just like the NS Solid Summit 167. I am very impressed with the quality of this board. The taper is over 10 millimeters which is huge for a board of this type. The guys at NS have figured something out, because it rides just fine on hardpack and even switch if needed.

Another thing I was little concerned about was the set back when you were skinning. In order for this to work the touring brackets had to be quite a ways back from the center of the ski. As it turned out, they are mounted right to the sweet spot of the ski and I haven't had any problems with my ski's slipping back, except for on slopes that are too steep to skin anyway.
As far as for the ride. I took it out on Berthoud Pass and Buffalo Pass in Steamboat. Both days so far it's slayed it. I absolutely floats in deep pow.
Here I am testing some windbuff on Berthoud.

Seeing how it handles with a little air.

and Cody and myself just enjoying the sun and pow that day.

All I can say is that the Neversummer splits are the top of line. The fit is amazing. Bentley even set my stance for me so all I had to do was use my slider plate bindings from my other split and I was ready to go.
post #4 of 15
It's interesting to see how the market's settling on sort of a moderate taper or pintail shape for a pow-focused board that's not quite as squirrelly as the Fish.

Cool dog, too!
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I have noticed that too. All I can say out of all the tapers I have checked out the Summit just beats them all to hell. Hence the reason I went with one for a split. The stance itself is setback quite a bit. Almost a foot I believe. Most of the other tapered shapes are a few inches set back. A much different depature from the other companies, but it works better than any other I have ridden.
post #6 of 15
Could you post some picures from the binding setup and write about how easy it is to assemble/disassemble it on the mountain?

How about performance in chopped up or on the slope, that's where the duotone splitboards let me down a bit, however the biggest letdown for me was that 2 part splitboards where allways to wide to use the tracks of a skier to walk up.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
It's the standard voile hardware set up. Where you mount the bindings on slider plates. If you are talking about the set back on the board and skis. I'll try to get some pics this weekend to post up. It's not hard to change it from one mode to the other, but it is a bit longer than an AT or Tele setup.

Performance wise it rides just like the Solid Neversummer Summit I first demo'd. Just a bit heavier due to the Voile kit. I have rode some hardpack, some icy stuff, pow, and now spring corn conditions. It has done fine in the chop as most Neversummers do. It's definitely at home in the pow and corn. Icy stuff it rides just fine, but a more regular board would be better for that. Then again, who is going to ride ice in the backcountry on a splitboard anyway? That just means it's time to go if there is nothing but ice.

In touring mode I hear ya. The split ski's are always wider than anyone else's. I almost always have to break half a trail if I am using a track set by skiers. The good news here is that more and more people are riding splits. Often when I hop on an established skintrack it has already been skinned by a splitter so no problem. That wasn't the case a few years ago. Anyhow, I still think it is easier breaking half a trail than snowshoeing. Plus if you are lapping the area, set it once and you're set. Some skiers have ski's that are almost wide enough it makes it easy to use their tracks.
I guess it's the cross you'd have to bear for being a trail blazer out your way.
post #8 of 15
Allright, I know the Voile System. It's solid.

For me nevertheless a 2 piece splitboard is no more option (I had one quite some time ago but sold it because when I go touring I want to go somewhere where I with my group am one of the first to go - which is in years with decent snowcover - no problem in east Austria - in western Austria everywhere!!!!! you go there are tracks so it would be different). I'ld use a 3 piece design but then actually can't be bothered so I just use some small and light skis to go up or for long traverses and carry my board on the back.

Considering you go out with other splitboarders in a small group, its again a very different story.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
I don't always get out with other splitters. Frequently I am the only one. At places like Monarch Pass that means I am breaking a half trail pretty much all day. 3700 vert worth of trail. It does get annoying. At that place though, short ski's or snowshoes are just not an option. You need the float of a full length ski at a place like that. Sounds like you got it figured out for what works best for you.
post #10 of 15
$$$ ?
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Woops, if you are asking about the cost, it's a custom job done by the Blaho Bro's of Neversummer. They split the board starting from the core. You get full wrap around edges, full length skins, and crampons for the bargain price of $1300. Yeah, it's expensive, but all splitboards from companies other than Voile run over $1k anyway. Neversummer is definitely a gold standard in quality and performance. This board has out performed my Voiles by huge leaps and bounds.
post #12 of 15
Cool. Thanks.
post #13 of 15
hey woops
Voile has a new board coming out next summer,
sposed'a be pretty light,
a little taper.
It looks like a good shape.
Not as much dampness as the NS's, but okay dampness is
the word on the street.
and only 800 bones.
If you don't have a split,
it's really worth it.
get it.
the NS's are sweet.
The priors are good
But there ain't nothin' wrong with voile's
and the new shape is sweet.
I have a prior khyber split, and a voile mountain gun.
I love 'em both.
If I had one board I'd have the voile.
the customer service with the voile
has been a little bit better.
The mojo looks money if you can't do the 1300
dollar NS bill.
No dissin' NS's, you get what you pay for.
But the trade off for snowshoes for the voile
mojo, is well worth the ride. And both of my splits
ride well.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
The Voile Mojo looks pretty sweet. My only problem with it is what also makes it so light. Cap construction. You put a dent in the sidewall or the rail and it's pretty damn hard if not impossible to fix. Most companies that make cap construction boards are doing it to save money and are putting out a cheap product. I know this isn't the case with the Voile, but the pitfalls of cap are still going to be there.
If you are looking for a cheaper split, the Mojo should be a great board. I have had several Voile boards and they are good boards.
post #15 of 15
To top up this report, I've ridden the Never Summit 167 last weekend at Davos Pischa freeride area (Switzerland), and I must say this board is absolutely top when looking at the float it provides for the short length. I first wanted to go for the 172 Summit, but the distributor of the boards for Switzerland (Ralph S.) recommended me to take the 167.

It's much better than any Burton Fish or Maolo I've ridden so far or other short pintails. It even floats better than my tanker 200cm with 12mm taper. It's no good for freeride races where the lack of length means that it won't run as stable as a 2m board on really high speeds, so going over 60-70 km/h in chopped powder is better done on a real longboard. For me it would be a perfect tool for tight and steep tree runs.

The shape is also great for on piste riding, about as good as mainstream freeride/freestyle boards of the same length which surprised me.

Overall great board for people who just want to freeride in a relaxed way and don't need ultimate speed both on piste as well as off piste.
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