Originally published 6/24/15
Never Summer Funslinger 2015-2016
- Size: 153cm
- Bindings: Union Contact and Contact Pro M/L
- Boots: ThirtyTwo TM-Two size 9.5
- Stance: 23.5 +18 Front & -15 back
- Rider Height 5’9
- Rider Weight 180
- Conditions/Terrain Tested: Park, Pipe, Rails, Powder, Groomers.
- Days tested: 15+
It was early in the 2014-2015 season at Loveland Ski Area when I first caught a glimpse of the new asymmetrical offering from Never Summer, and ever since that moment, I wanted to get my hands on one to see what the shred-scientists had cooked up in the Never Summer Labs. I’m very familiar with the Never Summer line. My go-to park board is a 154cm Never Summer Evo, and I have been riding a 156 Ripsaw for everything else, so the Funslinger was very intriguing to me. I’m a huge fan of the Ripsaw rocker camber profile and was looking for something with a bit softer flex in the park, and the Funslinger fit this need for me.
I had never ridden an asym before, and conceptually I understand that the design is meant to balance out your turns, so I was looking forward to feeling what the deeper sidecut truly does to provide for a faster heelside turn. The matte topsheet of the Funslinger is pretty awesome; just looking at the graphic on this board when I was setting her up brought a smile to my face. It’s a killer look, in my opinion; a bit different than their standard graphic, and fits. It just looks fun! You can really see the beefed up camber underfoot with the extended camber sections toward the tip and tail and rocker between the binding (Ripsaw Profile) by looking down the edge of the board. I couldn’t wait to get this board out on the mountain.
The Funslinger lived up to its name. It really does provide a playful, fun ride all over the mountain; the asymetrical design was noticeable (mainly due to me never riding one before), and only took about a run to get the feel for it. Riding this board regular or switch was easy, it feels extremely solid under your feet. It truly is a soft freestyle board: it initiates turns well, and you can really lay an edge in any condition.
After riding the Evo for so many years, I wasn’t sure how this board would handle on jumps and rails, and it took a few runs to get the feeling, but
after doing some straight airs and 50-50s on a few rails (I did detune this board slightly before riding it), it was a good feeling and the pop was insane! I could lock into boardslides, and it provided a different feeling from locking in with the Evo, due to the Funslinger’s boost flex core and Ripsaw profile which makes this board stable, easy to butter and press while becoming slightly stiffer underfoot to generate control and amazing pop! I was able to spin frontside and backside on Copper’s middle jumpline with ease after a few runs; I even took the 153 off the 1st jump in the big line (almost 50ft), and felt great putting down the landing gear.
I was lucky enough to get a powder day in on my next day out riding, about 8 inches of fresh, and I was really looking forward to seeing how the Funslinger performed. Being classified as a park board I didn’t have huge expectations, but I’ll tell you this board felt really good. Super floaty for a short board and the Funslinger easily slashes through everything from untracked pow to chop, all you have to do is just put a bit of pressure on the back foot and the nose floats right up. For deep pow days, I would probably prefer a little more length, but for a park board this was truly a lot of fun and it’s an amazingly playful board.
I really like this board. It’s different, and if you are looking for a park board to add to your arsenal that can be used everywhere on your local mountain, then this is a great choice. If you aren’t convinced, I highly recommend you try this board out at a Never Summer demo day near you!
- Solid construction with a 3-yr warranty
- Has great pop, and for a less damp board it was stable in every condition tested
- Solid off of medium/large jumps 20-50 ft. (feels solid from take off to landing)
- Low-profile tip/tail to help provide stronger ollies and nollies while keeping your landings stable
- Locks into rails easily
- Feels great outside of the park on groomers or on pow days.
- Slings fun all over the mountain…seriously you’ll have a big ol’ grin on your face!
|Style:||(5 / 5)|
|Construction:||(5 / 5)|
|Overall:||(5 / 5)|