Never Summer Big Gun

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Eyeing down this board that towered over the others in the Good Wood test lineup, riders were skeptical. How would a 165 handle for many who are used to riding something ten centimeters the Big Gun's junior? But once they hit Mach 10 with uncommon control, the concept for this big rig became apparent. "A significantly larger board than I’m used to, yet surprisingly nimble," one commented, adding that it "rails carves and gets on edge quicker than expected." The Big Gun's exceptional length is subsidized with significant rocker and a small tapered tail that allows it to be manipulated on the double. Some testers did indeed express an interest in Never Summer releasing a smaller offering in this profile, but as you wouldn't ride your 7'4" pintail when the surf is waist high—it comes off the rack when it's overheard and firing—such is the case with this 165. For most, it sits as the big end of the quiver, meant to be ridden on the memorable days.

Length (cm) –Waist Width (cm)

165 — 26.5

169 — 26.6

174 — 26.4

Flex: 6/10

Camber: Hybrid—rocker with a cambered nose and tail

Base: Sintered

Shape: Tapered directional

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

Price: $569.00
Guide Year


Bang For Your Buck


Brand Name

Never Summer



Gallery ID




Good Wood


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Tester quote: “It’s hard to believe I can actually ride a board this big.”


All Mountain




165, 169, 174

Tester quote: “It’s hard to believe I can actually ride a board this big.”

Good Wood 2018 presented by

With hundreds of options available, how do you pick the best snowboard for you and your riding? The 2017-2018 Good Wood board test is a great place to start. Every board in here has been through rigorous rounds of testing in the environments it's intended for, and passed. Between the feature-filled freestyle terrain at Carinthia at Mount Snow in Vermont, and the rugged steeps of Snowbird, Utah, our eclectic and discerning testers rode and rated hundred of snowboards, ultimately concluding that these are the pinnacle of this season's freestyle and freeride offerings, respectively. Our crew is comprised of riders of riders of vastly varying sizes and backgrounds, with two commonalities: they're all experienced snowboarders with astute product knowledge. When a board stokes out the majority of this group, it means something. In addition to the park and all-mountain Good Wood accolades, we award two boards in each category with the “Bang for your Buck” designation, meaning they're the top-performers with the lowest price tags. Now in its 19th year, TransWorld SNOWboarding's Good Wood is the longest-running and most credible snowboard test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board's performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.