Expert Review: Never Summer Proto Ultra Snowboard · 2023Published on 04/12/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Reuben McCaslin
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2021.
The Never Summer Triple Camber Proto Ultra Snowboard is perfect for intermediate to advanced riders looking for the perfect all-mountain board geared toward carving and jumps. Now I rode the 2022 model, which has a slightly different camber profile. This difference in riding is that the 2022 model was a bit more aggressive while the 2023 model was a bit easier, meaning it was easier to butter and turn on.
About the gear
- Model: 2022 Never Summer Triple Camber Proto Ultra Snowboard Limited Edition
- Size: 154cm
- Height: 5’10’’
- Weight: 175 lbs
- Experience: 8 years of snowboarding
- When I bought these: March 2021
- Days tested: 30
- Mount position: 12, 12
- Boots: 2022 Burton Ruler BOA
- Boot Size: 12
- Bindings: 2021 K2 Formula Bindings 2021
- Where I’ve used it: Alyeska
- Terrain: Groomers, off-piste, moguls, park, jumps, trees, powder.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I rode a board that was far too large and stiff for me. I wanted something that would push my riding to the next level while not being too big of a change from my previous board.
Why I chose this gear
I decided on this board because it uses the latest triple camber technology, allowing for super great edge hold and control over the snowboard. I hadn't considered other brands because I had just demoed the Never Summer Photosynthesis, and I loved it, so I knew I wanted a Never Summer board, but I wanted something with a little more aggressive kick to it.
What I love about it
- Speed: The camber underfoot makes the board super stable underfoot, and the stiffness adds to the stability as well. A stable board under someone is key to going fast.
- Edge hold: The triple camber truly allows for the edge to flex and grab the ice, increasing edge hold for a sweet ride.
- Turns: The stiffness definitely makes my slower-speed turns a little more difficult because I have to force the board to twist a bit more. However, the high-speed turns feel good and stable.
- Groomers: I absolutely rip some groomers on this board. It’s so much fun carving turns through everything.
- Trees: This board is awesome in trees. Due to the overall rocker, it makes it easy to switch between edges quickly enough to make those tight turns through the trees.
- Moguls: The stiffness of the board, which is 7/10, makes it easy to plow through moguls; however, trying to turn through them at a slow speed can be a little difficult due to the torsional stiffness of the board.
- Park: In the park, I feel like the board can easily hop onto rails and boxes, but the board is not forgiving when doing presses or any sort of buttering tricks on them.
- Backcountry: This board is great for backcountry on windswept snow, but the powder snow is not so great for riding on. This is because it is a little too stiff at times to pull up the nose to float in the powder. It’s not a directional board, so I haven’t tried setting the stance back, but this could definitely help the board get that float I’ve been missing on the powder days.
- Durability: The durability of this gear is phenomenal. I have taken it through rocks, banged it into trees, and sank it in a couple of ponds. It has held together even better than I expected.
- Weight: It’s a medium-weight board, not super heavy but not ridiculously light either.
- Switch riding: The true twin shape of the board makes it super easy to ride switch on, and I definitely recommend this board for bettering one’s spinning game.
- Stability: Super stable board with not too much chatter underfoot. Not super easy to butter due to the stiffness, but definitely not impossible.
- Versatility: The versatility of this board is second to none. I can confidently take this down all terrain types. I can ride from the park jumps through the most technical freeride lines out there. This board was designed to go anywhere, so I’ve taken it everywhere—a great board for an aggressive rider looking to conquer the whole mountain. The board can do well in so many different areas because of the triple camber technology underfoot as well as the power grip sidecut. This allows for the best grip on any snow conditions while the overall rocker of the board keeps me from constantly catching edges.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Powder: Not super well-designed for powder because it just doesn’t have enough float to make it easy. This board is not directional, which is not ideal for riding powder. It can do powder riding, but shifting my weight over the tail is a pain.
Favorite moment with this gear
I remember riding this board for the first time, and before this, I had never experienced a board with so much power packed into it before. The first run I took on it, I took a few nasty spills because I didn’t understand at the time how to control so much energy that was building up in the board. However, after riding it for a while longer, I really got the hang of it, and I absolutely felt thrilled by the amount of energy the board gave back to me. I was utterly mind blown because this was the first board I had that did that. I was so excited when I learned how to eurocarve and do so many other things that just weren’t possible on my previous boards.
Value for the money vs. other options
Definitely on the spendy side, but the Never Summer Triple Camber Proto Ultra is a U.S.-made snowboard, and boarders definitely get the quality they pay for. However, if one likes this board, the Jones Mountain Twin can be a good option for someone looking to spend a little less.
The Never Summer Triple Camber Proto Ultra Snowboard unlocks a whole world of carving beautiful turns and sending it larger than one ever has off of jumps.