Expert Review: Never Summer Infinity Snowboard
This review is my own honest opinion of the board, which I bought with my own money in April 2020.
About this review This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I bought with my own money in April 2020.
The Never Summer Infinity is geared for intermediate to advanced riders who are looking for an all-mountain board that can handle anything thrown its way.
About the gear
- Model: Never Summer Infinity 2019
- Size: 145
- Height: 5’3
- Weight: 138 lbs
- Experience: 21 years of snowboarding, 2 seasons in the backcountry
- When I bought these: April 2020
- Days tested: 60 days
- Mount position: Regular Rider
- Boots: Vans Ferra Pro Women’s Snowboard Boots
- Boot Size: Women’s 7
- Bindings: Women’s Burton Lexa
- Where I’ve used it: Vail
- Terrain: Mostly park laps, but I did take this board out on a surprise pow day and ripped it in trees and all over the mountain
How it performs
What I was looking for
When I bought this board, I was looking for a new park board that could also handle all-mountain terrain. I am a snowboard coach and on days with the kids, we mostly ride park but we also dip around the entire mountain as well.
Why I chose this gear
I chose to buy this board because I got a killer deal on it! I also got to test ride it before I made the purchase and I had a lot of fun riding it. I got to test ride the board on a surprise pow day and it held up so well and had great float – that is what really sold me. I usually ride all camber boards so dipping into the camber/rocker/camber profile was a little nerve-racking.
I did consider other boards, but I got to test this board out first and fell in love right away. Testing this board on such good conditions made my decision really easy because I got to ride this board in the park, and rip some pow laps. Being able to transition all over terrain types around the mountain and having a board that can transition with me made me want this board in my quiver.
What I love about it
- Edge hold: This board is able to transition from edge to edge pretty great. Never Summer adds a little flat section in the profile that is designed to help with the transition, and the power grip sidecut creates extra contact points to help with the edge hold. The Never Summer Infinity was not made for the ice coast though.
- Turns: This board likes to turn and I enjoyed turning on this board. This board is not a deep carving board by any means, but Never Summer does add a little flat section in the profile that helps with riders with turning.
- Groomers: This board is a Camber/Rocker/Camber profile and on the softer to medium flex side, so this means the board is going to be more playful than others. Cruising groomers is always fun to me when I have a board that is less stiff and will have fun with me.
- Moguls: This all-mountain board has a medium flex so handling moguls should be no problem, this board handles uneven terrain great so I don’t see why moguls would be an issue.
- Park: I loved doing park laps on this board, even though it became more of an all-mountain board this season, it still crushed park laps for me. I am a small/medium line park rider (nothing crazy) and I enjoyed it a lot. The playfulness and pop made spinning the jump lines super fun, but the rocker in the profile did make landings a little squirrely here and there.
- Durability: Never Summer creates boards with high-density construction that provides extreme speed and lasting durability.
- Switch riding: This board is considered a twin board so riding switch is great on this board.
- Stability: The pop on this board is amazing – nollies and ollies were super fun on this board. I did notice a little chatter under my feet while going at higher speeds but I do ride shorter boards, so I know when I choose shorter boards I am going to lose some stability.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Speed: This board is not a board that wants to lead the pack. This board can keep up, but I do feel some chatter under my feet when I am flying down the mountain.
- Powder: The Infinity is not considered a pow board and if I was strictly looking for a pow board, I wouldn’t buy this board even though it does float well in pow. However, I did have some killer days ripping this board on 8+ inches of fresh snow. Never Summer added a little flat section to this profile that improves the pow flotation.
- Trees: Since the Infinity is an all-mountain board I did have a lot of fun in the trees. However, I noticed the rocker in the profile made it a little squirrely for me in certain areas on long tree laps, but all in all, it was still fun.
- Backcountry: This board can handle uneven terrain well, but I personally love having a stiff camber board in the backcountry. With that rocker profile and the looseness that the rocker gives, I wouldn’t take it in the backcountry.
Favorite moment with this gear
The Infinity snowboard has been with me on some awesome days of riding. My favorite day with this board was when Vail only reported about 3 inches of fresh snow, so I chose to bring this board out over my pow board and we got out there and there was about 9 inches of fresh snow. I was planning on just taking a lap and sending it to my car to grab my pow stick but after one run on this board I realized, this board was actually pretty fun in the pow! It was a little more work to keep my nose up over my actual pow board but all in all, this day was amazing and this board handled some cliff drops like a champ and also some steep and deep terrain in the trees. I was impressed!
Value for the money vs. other options
This board retails at $489 which is a steal and it’s a Never Summer board which means it will last due to the durability in how these boards are made. I think this board is worth every penny.
Overall I think the Never Summer Infinity is great. This board handled more than I thought she could and I am so stoked to have this board in my quiver. Having a board that can handle park like a champ but also stomp some cliff drops is a huge bonus for me. This board can be ridden from more advanced beginners to more advanced riders in my opinion.