Never Summer Swift 2019

The board that launched Never Summer's popular Shaper Series goes by the name Swift. It's a fitting name for the way it rides. With a hybrid profile that puts camber underfoot with substantial rocker in the center, the board rides loose. A significant two centimeters of taper work with this Fusion Rocker Camber profile to create a board that floats with ease and snakes through tight sections as well as it lays into a drawn-out slash, with a last-minute hack. Riders accustomed to tip-to-tail camber took a couple laps to adjust, but all were impressed with its sturdy feel. Never Summer's signature dampness soaks up bumps with uncommon ease, and the USA-made construction feels undeniably durable upon your first slash or air. This is a board that will last seasons. With a large, pointed nose and half-moon swallowtail the board has a classic aesthetic that matches with modern technology to create a freeride rig with an appetite not just for powder, but an array of all-mountain opportunities. Where you take it is up to you, but the Swift's playful durability and effortless float inspires a certain fluidity across a variety of terrain.


With a hybrid profile that puts camber underfoot with substantial rocker in the center, this board rides loose. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton


MSRP: $600

Sizes: 148, 152, 156, 157

Specs and Features:

  • Carbon Max Laminate technology
  • Fusion Rocker Camber profile
  • Extended transition area
  • Early rise nose
  • Vario Power Grip sidecut


Testers were impressed with its sturdy feel. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

A large, pointed nose. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

This board floats with ease and snakes through tight sections. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

Half-moon swallowtail for a classic aesthetic. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

A freeride rig with an appetite not just for powder, but an array of all-mountain opportunities. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida


While it's hard to have a bad time riding powder, doing so on a board designed specifically for that purpose elevates the experience. Float is the ultimate goal of a powder board, which can be achieved through a variety of characteristics. Taper means the board's nose is wider than its tail, allowing the board to plane easier in deep snow. Setback inserts work in a similar way, creating more nose than the tail. Strategically designed rocker and camber profiles can enhance float by affecting the way the board reacts to powder. Additional surface area, especially in the nose, is an especially importance trait in a powder board and can be enhanced through additional length, width, or a blend of both. We found the ideal venue to assess these characteristics, by way of a place called Baldface Lodge. Nestled in the British Columbia backcountry, Baldface is accessible in the winter only by helicopter—or a combination of boat and snowcat when there are too many flakes falling to fly. It is a powder paradise unlike anywhere in the world. We showed up here to a fresh meter and a storm that piled up deeper and deeper. Reviewing powder boards: It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

See more 2019 powder board reviews here.