Never Summer Raptor & Raptor X - 2011


The Never Summer Raptor is one of the most incredible carving snowboards to have ever graced the world of snowboarding. Relatively easy to work into a carve, but as solid on an edge as cambered boardercross boards like the Palmer Crown LE. The Raptor takes hard groomer and off-piste chargers to a new dimension of enjoyment. Better start saving if you want one of these!

Manufacturer's Description:

Sleek design and graphics inspired by the F/A-22 fighter jet, the Raptor is our flagship high performance freeride/freecarve snowboard. We’ve taken our legendary Titan freeride model to a new level in carving, stability and all mountain versatility by reinforcing the new NS SuperLight wood core with our new extensive Carbonium Laminate Technology. The result is a lightweight ultimate freeride weapon that has unmatched power and response. We’ve also created a new directional Rocker/Camber profile specifically for the Raptor that combines a longer front camber and rear shifted rocker which increases carving performance, high speed stability and powder floatation. The Carbonium Damping System (CDS) eliminates excess vibration, and the lightweight super-durable Carbonium topsheet sets this board apart from all others.

Recommended for halfpipe riding Recommended for freeride riding Recommended for big mountain riding Very high cost snowboard Available in Wide Rocker construction Directional Shape

Year: 2011

Available Lengths (cm):
159, 164, 169, 161W, 165W, 169W

Riding Style: Freeride


Carbonium topsheet
Carbonium Laminate Technology
Custom Rocker Camber Profile
STS Pretensioned Fiberglass
Bi-Lite Fiberglass
NS SuperLight Wood Core
CDS Damping System
Sintered P-tex Sidewall
Durasurf XT Sintered 5501 base
P-tex Tip and Tail Protection
Full Wrap Metal Edge
3 year warranty

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Snowboard Review:

Simply put, the Raptor is absolutely stunning and one of the most incredible freeride snowboards I have ever ridden. The Carbonium weave topsheet might not be to everybody’s taste but it definitely gives the air of an expensive ride… which undoubtedly, it is. Although Never Summer claim the Raptor is their stiffest ride, it really wasn’t too much work to tame, the majority of the stiffness is torsional which means the Raptor holds a faultless edge in any snow condition. What makes the Raptor such a good board is the way the rocker between the bindings means that pushing it into and through carves is quite easy, then the camber in the tail just punches you out of turns, so you get the energy out of the turn you’d associate with cambered boards and the ease of initiating turns you get from rockered boards. The softer flex between the bindings means the Raptor even works off jumps and you don’t need hydraulic pistons for legs to generate pop. Working the Raptor through really tight carves between moguls and off piste chud is a bit futile and a bit like hard work and switch is quite twitchy but these are small criticisms of a board which is designed to be ridden hard and fast in one direction. Capable intermediate snowboarders to advance off piste gurus will love the Raptor, it’s ridiculously steady and provides plenty of feedback and recoil from carves of all shapes and sizes, If you like going fast in powder and working the groomers, the Raptor is the board for you. Lastly, don’t be put off by the stiff sounding materials like Carbonium, the Raptor isn’t difficult or hard work to ride… it’s actually disconcertingly easy to ride, and an extremely rewarding snowboard for anyone who gets their kicks from carving.

Posted by Rich Ewbank in • Never Summer

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What colour is powder?

Shaun Kinney on January 06, 2011 at 08:33 AM

I went from the Never Summer Titan TX Wide 169cm to the Never Summer Raptor X Wide 169cm. The Raptor is the Titan’s Replacement. The Ride is NIGHT & DAY DIFFERENT!  The Titan was stiff, heavy and unyielding. Lots of edge lots of control at high speeds but that’s its only offering in comparison.

The Raptor is snappy and pops out of holes, over moguls, and blasts through crud & crust. The board in powder was a whole new experience for once I didn’t have to lean back. It seemed like I was riding a wheelie with any speed I got in the powder. The Raptor X rides way longer than it is. Staying center over the board was key in powder. In other words, if you have ever surfed, it rides just like a surfboard in the powder. The whole shifting of your weight is minor to get the board to move in comparison to the old camber style. This board is super responsive yet forgiving. So many times I thought I might catch an edge landing switch or jibbing around but it just keep going and surprised the hell out of me. This board will make you ride better. There is a 2 day learning curve and I recommend having a POW day and a groomer day. The feel is different especially if your a hard charger and like to ride fast and steep.  The HYPE IS REAL! I will never go back to old skool camber.

Peter on January 13, 2011 at 02:25 AM

I was fortunate enough to ride a Raptor X 161 this past Saturday, and I must say, riding that board put a huge smile on my face.  The board impressed me in every way possible.  It is extremely stable at speed, carves like a hot knife through butter, and floats over anything.  It is very quick edge to edge and is able to handle any snow condition.  It held an edge on the hard pack, busted through the chop, and floated on the powder with ease.  I can’t think of what else to say that would express how fun riding this board is.  If you get a chance, demo one and you will understand the rave reviews this board is getting.

Jeff Poirier on April 12, 2011 at 06:06 AM

I have a couple days on a 2012 169 RaptorX now. I can absolutely reinforce the positives from the previous reviews. The board is really loose off piste, but still carves hard. I actually did 8 runs in a scratchy super pipe with this light board, pretty fun. One can certainly feel the tight turn radius on this board. The base is very fast, but does not hold wax well. Duh, it is very wide,(269) because of this I do still prefer my Prior MFR 172 (263 cambered) on hard pack. The graphics for 2012 are subtle, techy, stunning all at the same time—many compliments on this board.