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Never Summer Raptor

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The 2012 Never Summer Raptor features graphics inspired by the F/A-22 fighter jet, and rightfully so. I ride the 2011 Raptor X (the wide version of the original) and it is the fastest and most powerful riding tool I have encountered in 15 years of riding. From ripping groomers at mach speed to shredding deep and steep powder, the Raptor was built to offer supreme riding power to the user in any situation.

The Raptor is part of Never Summer's Carbonium series which feature a multitude of features which make this board the ultimate freeride/freecarve machine. A NS SuperLight wood core is reinforced with Carbonium Laminate Technology (CLT) and the Carbonium Dampening System (CDS). The board even sports a lightweight and durable (not to mention good looking) Carbonium topsheet. Never Summer has also tweaked the Rocker/Camber shape to make this board directional by making the front camber longer and shifting the rear rocker.

The result of all of the bells and whistles you could ever hope for in a snowboard? The strongest and most versatile ride on the mountain. The dampening systems on the board gives you the confidence and comfort to achieve high speeds in any snow condition and eliminates chatter. This past season was full of variable and ever changing snow conditions and I was continually impressed with the performance of this snowboard. The tight sidecut and sheer power of this board make turning not only effortless but quick and powerful. In comparison to my old Burton flat deck, this board is a Cadillac compared to a Buick.

While the Raptor is not as buttery as it's freestyle or park going counterparts, it is stable and strong underfoot in fast riding and big carving conditions. If you prefer to spend your time shredding the entire mountain rather than hiking the park, than the Raptor will enable you to push your limits farther than you have ever imagined possible. This board is a great addition to any riders quiver and will provide an ultimately fun ride on any given day.

Review by: Reid Tulley

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