The Never Summer Lady West Board Review- For Aggressive Female Riders
The Never Summer Raven Redesign? Or A New Board All Together?
A few years ago Never Summer retired the Women’s Raven board line and released two new boards as replacements. The Aura and the Infinity. Both had their own characteristics but left many Raven lovers a bit heartbroken because their tried and true Raven was no more. To this day we still get people asking for the Raven. But, there’s a new board in town and it’s the closest replacement to the Raven yet. Introducing the Never Summer Lady West. Taking the characteristics of the Men’s West and the favorite features of the Raven to create one kick ass board.
So how does the raven look next to the lady west spec for spec?
Effective Edge (mm)
Tip Width (mm)
Waist Width (mm)
Tail Width (mm)
Sidecut Radius (m)
Most notably looking at specs is the tail width. This is due to the more directional twin shape and a blend of Fusion Rocker Camber. The Raven had Original Rocker camber which made the rider be more center over the board. With the Fusion Rocker Camber you have a similar rocker camber shape but the transition area will only be found in the tip and not the tail on the Never Summer Lady West. This is the biggest notable difference. Stance is setback a bit more and not as center. Otherwise things like Stiffness, and wrap are the same. The elastomers used in the Lady West is the RDS2 not the RDS1. And as previously mentioned many characteristics of the Lady West will remind you of the Raven.
So how does this board feel on snow? Since it’s not a true asymmetrical twin, it’s going to enjoy a more all-mountain shredder than anything else. It’s designed to carve across the whole mountain efficiently and effectively. If you’re a jibber we’re going to push you towards the proto type two. On snow the Never Summer Lady West is really fun. So fun in fact that I’m pretty sure all our female snowboarders on staff will be buying one. This is a fun but aggressive board. It’s designed for aggressive female riders who want to be able to go all over the mountain and go fast. Granted with the setback stance you don’t want to go to fast. But edge to edge the Lady West carves easily. It’s fast and fluid and easy to turn. When you’re in a predicament or unfavorable conditions the Lady West is a confidence builder. It’s got great edge hold and with its Fusion Rocker will really plow through choppy snow. But again this is an all-mountain board. If you’re a jibber, or like softer boards Consider the Shade or the Proto. We’re all really digging this board and are excited to offer a better replacement to the Never Summer Raven.
These boards are available for Purchase at Basin Sports and we’ll have a full demo collection available for the 19/20 season.
New for 2018 the Jones Dreamcatcher is catching ladies eyes. It’s not just the pretty graphic that makes the Jones Dreamcatcher so special though. The technology, design, and durability make this deck stand out amongst the rest.
First off, you get directional rocker. Now in a snowboard and if you’re new to snowboarding you’re probably going, “well what does that mean?” It means that the tip is more rockered than the tail and the stance is set back slightly to allow turn initiation and overall comfort to increase on the board. The Dreamcatcher also has Spoon 1.0 Rocker. There are 4 levels of Jones Spoon. Spoon 1.0 is the amount of tip and tail rise and where it tapers to camber on the board. Women dig the Spoon tech because it allows for easy turn initiation and that extra bit of pop and float in more challenging terrain.
The turn radius, in part to directional shape and the Spoon tech makes the Dreamcatcher bend and snap like a professional dancer. On snow, it performs well and is a great, well-rounded board. Jones calls this board a 6 out of 10 for stiffness. We’d call it a true medium and on the softer side when it comes to Jones who is not known for having soft boards. The board has some serious pop and ladies are raving about the snap and pop feel that the board gives off.
Jones is all about recycling and being as environmentally friendly as possible. The Dreamcatcher has recycled sidewalls and an eco-plastic topsheet.
Jones is committed to being an outdoor industry leader in the fight against climate change. Building snowboards will always have an environmental footprint so we strive to minimize this footprint whenever possible by developing new eco-tech and supporting organizations that fight against climate change on the front lines. We take these efforts seriously because we care about how our actions will affect the environment for future generations.
The men’s equivalent of this board would be the Explorer. We’re just stoked to see more options out there for the ladies who aren’t afraid to throw down on the slopes.
Art by RP Roberts
The subtle textures and vibrant colors on the Twin Sister’s mountain graphics are the work of UK landscape painter RP Roberts. Born in North Wales and a veteran snowboarder, RP always has mountains on the mind as he lives to paint stunning mountain scenes including the peaks featured on six models in the Jones 2018 collection. The Mountain Twin, Ultra Mountain Twin, Dream Catcher, Prodigy and Twin Sister all feature RP’s signature mountain art.
2017 Jones Mountain Twin With NOW Pilot Bindings Snowboard Review
The Jones Mountain Twin Snowboard Review is as close to a one board quiver as you’re going to get. The first time I took out the Mountain Twin I expected it to ride like, well, a twin. And it did. But what I did not expect was how well this board handled at high speeds and in deep carves. No, it’s not your set back, point and shoot, freeride board; but that is the beauty of the Mountain Twin. You can run park laps for an hour and then go dig some trenches in groomers the next without having to walk back to your car and grab your freestyle or freeride specific board. The new 2017 graphic actually says “Freestyle X Freeride” on the topsheet, which I thought was pretty awesome because Jones is owning it and standing behind what they have created. So if you’re looking for a board to satisfy every aspect of the mountain my pick would be the Jones Mountain Twin.
As for bindings, I matched the Mountain Twin up with the NOW Pilots for a solid Snowboard Review. I thought these guys would mesh perfectly together and they definitely came through. The NOW Pilot has what NOW calls their Flex Hinge Highback. The Flex Hinge Highback remains stiff, responsive, and supportive when leaning into turns but easily flexes laterally to allow for some extra give and playfulness in the park. Versatility made the ride that much more fun. I felt comfortable and confident doing everything on this setup.
The first time I rode the 2017 Ride Warpig was at the Stowe Demo last season. It was the board I was most stoked to get some runs on (mostly because it looks so badass and was given the name “Warpig”). The only problem was the buckets of rain that fell from the sky that day. As most people took cover, I went straight to the Ride tent to snag the Warpig. It turned out that the Warpig gave me some of the best runs of the season! The snow wasn’t spectacular to begin with, but the Warpig handled the conditions better than most boards I demoed that day. The thing I enjoyed most about the “Pig” was that it was very responsive. When I wanted to make quick, fun, surfy turns it did it with ease. When I wanted to lay into some carves it held the edge and popped me right back into the next one. The stability at high speeds was awesome thanks to its fat waist. I was riding the 148 but I felt just as stable and comfortable as I do my own boards, which are usually around 159.
These shorter and fatter boards are hitting the industry hard and I think it’s pretty rad to see that companies are not just building the same models and shapes year after year. You don’t need a twin tip to lap the park all day. The Warpig will get it done any day of the week and the shorter length means less board to whip around. This board will give you a new perspective of the mountain and it will redefine your understanding of all-mountain versatility.
We are really passionate about snowboarding and getting you insider reviews. The 2017 Ride Warpig review is here to help you decide which board you want to rock this season.
Gear Guide: K2 Cool Bean With K2 Lien AT Bindings, All the forecasts are calling for a cold and powdery winter and after the winter we just had that is music to our ears. Especially for snowboarders, there is nothing like a powder day. So make sure you’re geared up and ready for the deep stuff with the 2017 K2 Cool Bean.
The Cool Bean is built for the powder but will not disappoint when you need to power through the crud or lay down some carves on morning groomers. The Cool Bean is a member of the K2 Enjoyer series, so you know it’s all about having a good time. The deck features Tweekend™ and All-Terrain Baseline™ technology. Tweekend™, combined with a short and wide shape, extends the Baseline rocker for superior float and a playful and surfy feel in the pow. All-Terrain Baseline™ allows this board to shred hard, even on days like we experienced last winter. The shorter length lets the board turn on a dime in the powder and through the trees, while the wider waist gives it a super stable feel on the hard pack. And if you’re one of those guys that always has issues with toe and heel drag, any board in the K2 Enjoyer series will fix that problem.
I would also combine this deck with K2’s Lien AT bindings. The highback provides solid response in carves but gives you enough sideways flex when you want to get playful with it.
The freedom of snowboarding is what makes it so unique and attractive. There are no boundaries. There are no rules. K2 took this to heart when creating the Cool Bean. It’s just fun, man. That’s what it’s all about. That’s why we ride.
This Gear Review was written by Basin Sports Associate Chris Viers.