Never Summer Aura


Best Women’s All-Mountain Snowboards 2015-2016

Words: Heather Hendricks

Spanking new for the 2015/2016 season, the Aura snagged Good Wood gold for being a sturdy board that rode predictably in all conditions. With rocker in the middle and camber underfoot that mellows out toward the tips for increased stability, testers found it to be a responsive ride. “This deck is perfect for mobbing at high speeds, and also holds its own on jumps,” said one ripping lady shredder. The camber provided controlled pop that held up when dropping cliffs and popping off windlips. Good for girls who want a robust deck that can stand up to bigger lines.

From the testers: “I really enjoyed cruising this board and the camber was awesome on the hard pack. No edge chatter at high speeds which was sweet, also.”

Length (cm) — Sidecut Radius (m) — Waist Width (cm)

146 — *7.12— 23.5
148 — *7.22 — 23.5
150 — *7.42 — 23.7
152 — *7.45 — 23.8
155 — *7.53 — 23.9

Flex: Medium-soft

Camber: Hybrid (reverse between inserts, regular camber to tips)

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)

*Multiple radius average

(Sidecut Radius: The measure of how deep or shallow the arc of a board’s edge is from the tips to the middle, in meters. A smaller radius, around six to seven meters means a board will generally turn tighter. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)

Price: $500.00

146, 148, 150, 152, 155

Good Wood 2017 Presented by

With hundreds of snowboards out there, how do you pick the best deck perfectly suited to the way you ride? Drop into our 2016-2017 Good Wood Board Test for the winning snowboards of the season. Our 30 unique testers spent eight days riding and rating more than 300 boards at Carinthia Parks of Mount Snow, Vermont, and the pistes and glades of Aspen Mountain, Colorado, and came to the consensus that these are the best boards. Each tester rides differently, so there's something to be said when a board stokes all who tried it. We’ve done away with the old price groupings and instead highlighted the two top-scoring boards in each category with the lowest prices and awarded them “Bang for your Buck” badges of approval. Now in its 18th year, our TransWorld SNOWboarding Good Wood test is the longest running and most prestigious board test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after shredding laps on each board, our testers input scores for different characteristics that measure each deck on a sliding scale. The Park and All-Mountain scorecards each have different criteria to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of each snowboard. We don't cut the boards open and examine the details, but the crew may have broken a deck or two… Go on, dive into the results and see all the winners.