This is the second year for the Never Summer Swift splitboard. It was at the top of our splitboard list last year and not much has changed about that. And I am OK with that! The Swift snowboard and splitboard come from the “Tim Canaday’s Shaper Series” Meaning these shapes have been in the minds and dreams of the Never Summer founders for quite some time. As an avid Never Summer fan, I have seen several boards come and go. All of them good. All of them hand built in Colorado and made of bomber construction (3-year warranty?! – heck yes!). The Swift may be my favorite yet.
Never Summer Swift Shape
Given the Rocker Fusion profile, the Swift can easily float like a hydrofoil, turn like it’s on rails and even handle crappy snow on the cat track. Thanks to the RDS 1+ dampening system. It absorbs the little bumps and sled tracks with ease. More importantly, the shape allows float in all snow conditions. The 20mm taper is just right for this.
Fusion Rocker Camber
The unique combination of Rip Saw and OG rocker make the Swift one of the most fun boards to ride, ever. The rocker underfoot is less than ideal for touring. But, if you own this board with a quiver of other boards, then this will be your ideal powder board. It tours just fine in powder. It rides even better. This is the ideal powder negotiating tool that you want on your side. If it is your only splitboard, then get ready to not be so happy on packed out skin tracks and setting a skin track in the firm snow.
This board can handle all conditions very well. That said, you will ideally want to save this for powder days. The days when you need a board built around floating in several feet of powder. When you do get to use your new Swift in those conditions, all we can say is, enjoy! This splitboard is built for what we all want to achieve when searching for pow turns. Check out some of the pics and videos of this board in action. It truly is something to see and experience.
Sizing – you can size down!
The Swift splitboard tested is the 162. Although I am 6’1″ 200lb (before backpack and kit) and usually ride a 165-168. the 162 seemed to do me just fine. Plus the boards are a bit wider than the average board. This makes it more palatable for a person with a boot bigger than size 10. Width on the 162 is 26.3 with a surface area of 681cm.
The Never Summer Swift Splitboard is a serious tool for backcountry riders that are serious about having fun in the mountains. MSRP $999. We’ll give you a shout when you can buy it.
Grab the current Swift on sale right now: Never Summer