The Reaper also has 3-D molded and flared wheel wells that allow larger wheels. This board's cool for cruising the beach, but life changing for charging mountains.
|Never Summer Tech:|
|Grip Options:||Custom Pre-Grip|
|Truck Mount Style:||Standard Top Mount|
|Micro Drop (in):||.18|
|Wheel Base (in):||24.0 - 29.0|
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Comments about Never Summer Reaper 37" Longboard Deck:
So I finally took a break from riding the Reaper to write a review and all I can say is, I can't wait to finish this so I can get back on the thing. The Reaper is a downhill speedboard made by hand in a Denver, Colorado factory. The factory is surrounded by large mountains giving the company the perfect place to test and shape the perfect board for bombing hills.
Never Summer claims that this board uses dual core technology, CNC machined fiberglass for weight reduction, and a carbonium base finish. Big words that don't mean much to me but I can tell you that they use the same technology in their longboard production that they use to make their snowboards. The scratch-proof base feels like the top of a snowboard and water just beads up on it. The deck itself is super light (half the weight of the typical 7 to 9 ply maple downhill decks). It is very thin too but extremely strong with absolutely no flex at all.
The Reaper has a very nice shape featuring a 3-D molded base with a nice W-concave. The W-concave is very subtle and the rocker isn't too deep at only 1/4". The wheel wells are amazing! No wheel bite on my 74mm RADs and they increase board control considerably. There are also a lot of mounting options available to the rider from 28.75" to 30.25". Also, there is a 3/16" micro drop on the top mount. You can feel the drop on top of the board too. The Reaper's combination of micro drop and wheel wells eliminates the need for a foot stop because you know where your feet are at all times. The board is not too short but not too long at 37.5" and with a 10" width it's wide enough for my huge size 13s.
When I took my first ride down the hill I immediately noticed how smooth the board rode. Never Summer put this dampering system where the trucks mount to reduce vibration from rough roads. The Reaper is very easy to break into slides with the wheel wells flaring up where your toes and heels are. There also a slight bump on the top and bottom center of the board from the inset on the bottom keeping your feet from slipping off the front or back of the board. I wish they would have added a little kicktail but after riding for a week you don't miss it. At high speeds this board shines and you can really understand what Never Summer built this board for. The tuck on the Reaper feels so natural with the front foot between the wells against the front bump and rear foot in the second "U" in the W-concave. When you wipeout and your board smacks the curb at 35 mph no worries because it features a P-Tech nose and tail. P-Tech is the same hard plastic used in the side walls of Never Summer snowboards. They also offer a 3-year warranty on the Reaper so you know the thing is rock solid.
Overall this is an outstanding downhill skateboard. Never Summer is two steps ahead of the rest of the speedboard industry in both technology and design. You can feel that the Reaper was made by people who ride longboards and know what a longboarder needs. I am privileged to own one of these and my riding has improved drastically since stepping foot on the Reaper. I am able to bomb bigger hills and do things I couldn't on other boards. The Reaper (a.k.a the Soul Stealer) is the best downhill longboard I have ridden and I can't wait to see what Never Summer does with the 2015 Reaper.