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Never Summer Ripsaw Snowboard 2018

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A traditional board shape wrapped in poppy carbon, ruthless fiberglass, and then topped with a sexy matte finish. Unique to the Ripsaw, a deep sidecut provides riders with an aggressive experience . . . one to write home about. You'll love how quickly you can initiate turns, how long you can hold a line without chatter, and how amazing this board is in even the roughest conditions. Make every day a snow day on this gnarly ripper.
Ride Style
  • All Mountain
  • Aggressive Riding
Flex Rating
  • SoftStiff
  • Twin
Camber Profile
  • Camber Dominant
Key Features
  • Ripsaw Rocker Camber Profile
  • Vario Power Grip Sidecut
  • Dampness Rating: Mid
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • NS Superlight Wood Core
  • Bi-Lite Fiberglass
  • +/- 45 Fiberglass Laminate
  • STS Pretensioned Fiberglass
  • Carbon VXR Laminate Technology
  • RDS 2 Rubber Damping System
  • Elastomeric Underfoot Stabilizers
  • Durasurf Sintered 4501 Base
  • Low-Profile Tip & Tail
  • Sintered P-Tex Sidewalls
  • Matte Topsheet
Ride Style

All Mountain - Whether you're doing hot laps, tree runs, ripping around or just cruising the park, this board's versatility should allow you to shred virtually anywhere on the mountain in whatever condition.

Slash a turn, tweak a grab, bonk a tree, ollie the cat track and be sure to high five your friends before doing it all over again.

Aggressive Riding - Built tough for those on the charge and stepping up to bigger features - whether it's high-speed groomer assaults, heavy hitting jumps, dropping cliffs and chutes, or just ripping the whole mountain a new one - these bindings offer increased stability, power and overall "oomph" to your shred game.

Flex Rating

SoftStiff - Mid-Flex - all-around stability, pop, versatile response and control leaning towards intermediate to advanced riding


Twin - Typically designed for park and jib-influenced riding, this Twin shape snowboard category includes True Twins and Almost Twin (aka Twin-ish or Twin-like) boards with centered stances.

True Twins are symmetrical in shape/flex and will ride exactly the same regular or switch - while Almost Twins will ride equally well in both directions but may have a slightly lengthened (or heightened) nose than tail for a bit better float when riding your normal stance.

Camber Profile

Camber Dominant - A predominately cambered board with a mix of camber profiles. Camber zones offers pop and stability. Rocker offers a little more float for powder along with playfulness for jibbing, while flat zones are a happy medium between camber and rocker.

*Note: profile image exaggerated for visual perspective, please see this brand's specific camber tech for more details

Key Features

Ripsaw Rocker Camber Profile - The Ripsaw Profile features amplified camber with the same amount of rocker as Never Summer's popular Rocker Camber profile – using camber for control and pop while still maintaining some of the playfulness and float of rocker. Enhancing the camber even further for the Ripsaw Profile, Never Summer gives you more stability, power and precision for those on the charge.

Vario Power Grip Sidecut - The Vario Power Grip sidecut works perfectly with Never Summer's R.C. Rocker/Camber Technology by adding increased edgehold precisely where it's needed most; from 2 inches outside of each binding and inward towards the center of the board, providing added control and response in any condition.

Dampness Rating: Mid - "Mid" rating on the Never Summer dampness scale - playful and snappy underfoot but still retains some smoothness at higher speeds.

Dampness Ratings = Snappy, Mid, Smooth or Cushy

3 Year Warranty - Covered under manufacturer warranty for 3 years from the time of purchase! Warranty includes structural defects only and DOES NOT cover impact damage, abuse, misuse or normal wear and tear expected from aggressive riding.

Sorry folks, but bashing your board on a rock or rail does not qualify as a "manufacturer's defect" and will not be honored.


NS Superlight Wood Core - Taking their Custom Flight Core even further, Never Summer's Superlight Wood Core blends extremely light wood with durable hardwood for unmatched strength to weight ratio.


Bi-Lite Fiberglass - Bi-Lite fiberglass combines many of the strength characteristics of STS Advanced fiberglass with an ultra light glass fiber matrix. This delivers incredible freestyle and freeride performance without sacrificing durability.

+/- 45 Fiberglass Laminate - An extra layer of fiberglass provides serious structural support and works with carbon laminates to deliver the ultimate pop.

STS Pretensioned Fiberglass - The world's best snowboard fiberglass, period. Never Summer's STS advanced fiberglass is a pre-hardened, pre-tensioned, layered laminate that has added elastomer stringers between the 0-degree and 90-degree glass fibers that run the length of the effective edge. This produces a stronger bond between the individual glass laminates giving their snowboards unmatched strength, edge hold and performance.

Carbon VXR Laminate Technology - Dual carbon V's help transfer more energy to the end of the effective edge, tip and tail without making these boards too stiff for buttering and presses. This is the most versatile Carbon system for those that prefer a freestyle feel to their board whether in the park or freeriding the mountain.

RDS 2 Rubber Damping System - This lightweight system uses three narrower laminated damping layers that provide the perfect combinations of vibration absorption and stability.

Elastomeric Underfoot Stabilizers - Elastomeric Rubber Stabilizers directly below the mounting area provide optimum vibration absorption and increase high speed stability while reducing foot fatigue.


Durasurf Sintered 4501 Base - Crown Plastics has been the industry leader in sintered materials for more than 35 years and has created the Durasurf 4501 sintered base exclusively for Never Summer. This new high-density base is extremely fast and will provide unmatched performance and durability.


Low-Profile Tip & Tail - A low profile in the nose and tail of the snowboard maximizes material contact with the snow for more powerful ollie/nollie pop and adds stability to your landings. LPT also reduces the plowing effect in the nose for better glide to the next feature and superior float when it’s deep.

Sintered P-Tex Sidewalls - Never Summer was the first snowboard company to use and perfect Sintered P-Tex Sidewalls and they've never seen one crack. Unlike conventional ABS sidewalls that have a tendency to crack in colder temperatures, Sintered P-Tex Sidewalls maintain their integrity at any temperature.

Matte Topsheet - Soft to the touch, this Matte topsheet helps out in damp snow, keeping the snow on the mountain instead of piling up on your board.

Waist Width (cm):25.225.425.7
Suggested Boot Size (US):<10.5<11<11.5
Overall Rating
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1 Day of 6"'s of fresh Powder Review
by Andre
Posted on 5/15/2017
Never Summer Ripsaw Snowboard
This is the second Never Summer board I have ridden, the first being the Snow Trooper. For comparison, the Ripsaw has (a lot) more camber in it after the rocker middle. I found that the rocker in the Ripsaw was more pronounced than in the Storm Trooper - could just be me though or the days conditions. I never tested them side by side to see if one would actually teeter more.

The day consisted of 6"'s of fresh powder overnight and into the morning that turned into freezing rain for a bit around the afternoon, before stopping completely.

The board did float in the fresh powder but felt a lot more at home on the groomed runs and on the hard packed/ice that was underneath the fresh stuff. As the day wore on, the hardpack and ice came through on some trails. The board wants to go fast and is fun charging down the mountain with.

I didn't find it as stiff as a lot of reviewers have made it out to be, but would say it is slightly above middle of the road (trail?) when it comes to flex. Buttering was easier at speeds than slow and it did seem like there was a little sweet spot to butter on. I didn't butter too much, nor am I the best at it, but that's what I experienced.

This wasn't the worst mogul board i've been on, but it isn't the best. You're not going to get bucked on bumps but your legs might get tired if you're hitting a lot of them throughout the day.

I only hit a few boxes. Nothing fancy, just rode over them w/ a little butter. No issues but I wouldn't base it's jibbing off of my experiences.
Overall, I had a lot of fun riding this board and am looking forward to riding it some more next year. Really looking forward to ripping groomers on some nice hard pack.
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Slay Blade, for seriousness!!
by Beau Hawkins in AVON, CO (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 1/30/2017
Never Summer Ripsaw Snowboard
Hieght: 5' 10"
Weight: Just under 160 lbs
Boot: 11

First, a 156 twin should not be this fast, or stable!! Turns are quick and responsive, and you can bury the edge. The stiffness gives lots of power in transition, and very stable straight line. I'd say good in CO pow...for a twin. The RS profile gives great feel and control over a wider range of conditions than the old RC profile. Did I mention ollie power?!

The cons: This isn't really a slow down and play board. You can feel it just wants charge...anything. Not going to lie here, if you get off your game you it can bite you. The profile does allow it to be a touch more forgiving than full camber, but not by a whole lot. Buttering is hard. I threw a slash but it was tough. Technical jibs probably won't work. I've done a few 50-50's and boardslides, but I'm not the best jibber so that's as far as I'll go on it. This is more of kicker board, which it's great at!

Basically if you want a twin that can charge hard with precision, you found it. If you want something more rounded/forgiving than a Type Two would be better.
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