Never Summer Warlock Review

Never Summer Warlock Review

Never Summer Warlock
Size: 154 Waist: 25 Edge: 120 Tip / Tail: 29.5 *all measurements in centimeters
Bindings: Union Ultra M/L
Boots: ThirtyTwo TM-Two size 9.5
Stance: 23.5 +18 Front & -12 back
Rider Height: 5’9
Rider Weight: 175
Conditions/Terrain Tested: Park, Rails, Powder, Groomers.
Days tested: 15+


More Specs and Features:

Flex: Soft
Profile: Original Rocker Camber
Designed for: Intermediate to Advanced Riders looking for Freestyle riding trickery
Shape: True Twin, Low Profile Tip/Tail
STS Pretensioned Fiberglass for better durability and performance
Flexible Bi-Lite Fiberglass delivers a mellow flex profile without compromising durability
Press Flex Wood Core features two flex points that act as hinges for locked in presses and butters
Lightweight FDS Dampening System reduces vibration and improves stability
Elastomeric Underfoot Stabilizers impact absorption to reduce fatigue and boosts high-speed stability
3 Year Warranty, Never Summer Factory Built in Denver, CO, USA

 

Origins and a bit more about the Warlock from Never Summer:

Another shape I was excited about trying that I was introduced to in late fall 2015 was the true twin warlock! The warlock features a new shape and utilizing Never Summer’s original Rocker Camber Profile.  For the Warlock, Never Summer introduced a new flex pattern that boasts incredible park performance, there is no doubt the Warlock will turn heads with its unique shape and straight up black topsheet (skull and crossbones included).

Never Summer took the best characteristics of the Evo and Proto HD, and added additional carbon outside the bindings for enhanced take offs and landings and kept a soft flex between the bindings, additionally the Warlock has a torsionally rigid nose and tail which enhances the press-ability of this board. The warlock has a playful and forgiving feel which create freestyle magic for any rider looking for a softer flex on their ride but still looking for a board that can pop well off the tip and tail, the warlock is truly a freestyle machine.

Never Summer Warlock baseNever Summer Warlock topsheetThe Ride: I started riding the Warlock in mid April and it’s been an incredibly fun board to ride all over the mountain, I had several late season spring powder days to be had at A-basin and was looking forward to seeing how the warlock would handle the changing spring conditions here in Colorado. Being that it’s a freestyle/park board, I wasn’t sure how it was going to ride in Pow, but then I remembered this is a Never Summer.

Sure enough in powder, the Warlock was a lot of fun right away, the original Rocker Camber flex really felt like the Evo where you could just set your weight on your back foot and the nose floats right up.  This board DOES ride well in powder, it may not be your first choice, but it was a good ride in 6 to 12 inches of freshness.  The turn initiation is good on this board, You can really put the Warlock on edge which might seem a little weird when you look at the shape while you’re riding it, but trust me you can carve with this board and dig those trenches.  The Warlock feels a lot like the Evo did, however with the accentuated carbon sections on the tip and tail it has a different pop and makes take off and landing really fun. I felt like I could really get some added boost by waiting to pop a little later with this board.  You’ll notice the tip and tail carbon will really allow you to press on rails or boxes and feels cushy for landings. As I mentioned before, the shape of the Warlock will get a lot of comments from other riders, and you may catch yourself looking down at this board more often than you think while you’re riding it, it is a really unique fun shape and it works.

Summary: Riding the Warlock all over the place from park to all mountain is a blast! It’s unique twin shape was interesting to get used to, and  it’s a great ride for those advanced freestyle riders looking for a board to ride in the park or take all over the mountain if you want to, really.  If you normally ride a mid flex board I would reiterate the Warlock is soft, so I would really recommend this board for those riders that prefer a softer ride, it can handle pretty much anything you throw at it but it excels in the park and it’s a ton of fun!

never summer warlock


Pros:

Lightweight
Freestyle junkies will love this board
Fun True Twin Shape
Great pop
Locks into rails easily
Rides well, all over the mountain, in any conditions

Cons:
May be too soft for some riders

 

More about the Never Summer Warlock at NeverSummer.com

 

Style: (5.0 / 5)
Construction: (5.0 / 5)
Performance: (4.8 / 5)
Overall: (4.9 / 5)

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