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Never Summer Lady West Review

A versatile all-mountain board for intermediate to advanced riders with a more aggressive riding style
Never Summer Lady West
Photo: Never Summer
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Price:  $530 List
Pros:  Well-rounded, great edge-to-edge transition, fast
Cons:  Not the best for jibbing
Manufacturer:   Never Summer
By Marissa Fox ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 28, 2021
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  • Edge Hold - 25% 9
  • Powder Performance - 20% 9
  • Stability - 20% 9
  • Playfulness - 20% 8
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 8

Our Verdict

While plenty of boards claim to be an all-mountain quiver killer, few do it as well as the Never Summer Lady West. This board is capable across a wide spectrum of terrain and conditions. It has great edge hold, cuts through crud, and rips groomers like no tomorrow, all while being an absolute blast to ride on powder days. It is a little stiffer ride than you might want for the park, and its profile does require a bit of an adjustment period if you are more comfortable on a rocker board. However, it's a great option if you are shopping for a new snowboard that treats you right across the majority of the mountain.

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Pros Well-rounded, great edge-to-edge transition, fastFantastic all-around board, great in powderUnmatched pop, great edge hold, supremely stableGreat value, supremely stable at high speedsFast, fun to ride
Cons Not the best for jibbingNot the best beginner boardNot the best board for powderNot as much pop as other boardsNot the best edge hold, struggles to float on the deepest days
Bottom Line A versatile all-mountain board for intermediate to advanced riders with a more aggressive riding styleIf you want the best of the best all-mountain board, it’s hard to find a better optionEarning the highest honor, it did exceptionally well in all our testsA fantastic all-mountain snowboard that won’t break your budgetA twin board for aggressive riders but definitely isn’t for everyone
Rating Categories Never Summer Lady West Yes. Hel Yes - Women's Gnu Ladies Choice GNU Klassy Capita Birds of a F...
Edge Hold (25%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Powder Performance (20%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Stability (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Playfulness (20%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Pop And Jumping (15%)
8.0
9.0
10.0
8.0
9.0
Specs Never Summer Lady West Yes. Hel Yes - Women's Gnu Ladies Choice GNU Klassy Capita Birds of a F...
Shape Directional Twin Directional Twin Asymmetrical Directional True Twin
Camber/Rocker Fusion Rocker Camber Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid
Flex 3-5/10 7/10 4/10 6.5/10 5/10
Tested Length 153 155 148.5 155 152
Measured Weight (Tested Length) 5.8 lbs. 5.4 lbs. 5.6 lbs. 6.2 lbs. 5.6 lbs.
Available Lengths 144, 147, 149, 151, 153, 156 146, 149, 152, 155 142.5, 145.5, 148.5, 151.5, 153.5 145, 148, 151, 155 140, 142, 144, 146, 148, 150, 152, 154
Core Material NS SuperLight Wood Core Poplar, paulownia, and bamboo wood Aspen, Colombian Gold, and poulownia wood Aspen and paulownia wood Poplar and beech wood
Waist Width 24 cm 24.4 cm 24.2 cm 24.7 cm 24.4 cm
Radius 7.42 7.3 8.2/7.9 8 7.8

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Never Summer Lady West is the answer for anyone upset that Never Summer retired their very popular Raven line of female-specific snowboards. The Lady West has almost identical specs, with the Lady West having just a slightly asymmetrical, directional shape.

Performance Comparison


The Lady West is a versatile, all-around snowboard that excels...
The Lady West is a versatile, all-around snowboard that excels across the vast majority of terrain in most conditions.
Photo: David Wise

Edge Hold


One of the first things you'll notice riding a new board is how well the edges bite into firm snow, which is why our edge hold metric accounts for 35% of the final score. The Lady West is exceptionally grippy, earning it one of the better scores of the bunch.


It has a flex pattern tailored specifically for lady shredders, letting you carve turns and cut into the snow without a ton of work. It smoothly transitions edge to edge with a natural surfy feel while riding even the firmest snow conditions. This board runs just a bit on the stiffer side but it does a good job of balancing this with plenty of torsional flex where you want it. The Lady West accomplished this with a Recluse Web carbon layup, which means there are V-shaped strips of carbon reinforcement, offering you plenty of confidence when carving at high speeds without forcing you to work too hard to initiate each turn and lets you cut through choppy snow without undue amounts of chatter.

We were exceptionally impressed by how the Lady West handled during...
We were exceptionally impressed by how the Lady West handled during powder days.
Photo: David Wise

Powder Performance


While the Lady West might not immediately scream powder board at you, it performs quite well in the fluffy stuff. This earned it some respectable scores in our powder metric, which is responsible for 20% of its overall score.


The Lady West has a slight setback stance that helps lift the nose of the board when riding in deep snow. It also has a directional profile with a flat transition area under the board of the nose to give it even more float. It might not be our first choice for massive days, but you can definitely have a fun time in the freshies.

We were rarely concerned about speed wobbles or chatter when ripping...
We were rarely concerned about speed wobbles or chatter when ripping down groomers on the Lady West.
Photo: David Wise

Stability


Our next round of evaluations focused on how each snowboard felt when riding at higher speed, awarding the most points to boards that gave us plenty of confidence to let it rip and didn't develop any unwanted chatter or speed wobbles. The Lady West continued to excel, earning another solid score in this metric, which is responsible for 20% of the overall score for this board.


The stiffness and edge hold of this board make you feel extremely secure in your turns at higher speeds and you can really see just how much anyone with an aggressive riding style will enjoy this board once you give it some gas. The Lady West simply wants to go fast; it blasts through chop and crud with minimal chatter, and we would be more than content to use this snowboard for a day of ripping down groomers. The hybrid profile with the flat transition area can feel a little shaky when transitioning edge to edge if you aren't used to it, but the Lady West is rock solid once you get the feel of laying down the edge going into each turn.

The Lady West is surprisingly playful given that it is one of the...
The Lady West is surprisingly playful given that it is one of the stiffer boards.
Photo: David Wise

Playfulness


After stability, we moved on to rating and scoring how fun and playful each board is to ride, which constitutes 20% of the total score. The Lady West is a little less flexible than other options but actually feels much more agile and fun to ride than we would have expected.


The ladies-specific Lady West has a slightly smaller sidecut and a slimmer waist than the comparable Never Summer West Bound, making it a more nimble and maneuverable option. Its softer nose and the extra torsional flex from the Recluse carbon webbing combine to let you handle tight turns through congested trees surprisingly well.

The Lady West isn't the best freestyle board we have tested but does...
The Lady West isn't the best freestyle board we have tested but does have some pop.
Photo: David Wise

Pop and Jumping


For the final 10% of the total score, we rated and compared how much pop and spring each snowboard has. The Lady West is definitely much more at home ripping groomers or carving on a pow day than as a freestyle board but has acceptable amounts of pop.


The camber directly underfoot this board gives this board plenty of spring and lets you ollie without getting too dynamic with your weight. However, we did notice that it tends release earlier than you would want if you throw your weight back, so there is a fairly low upper limit when it comes to maximum ollie potential. It isn't so stiff that you can't do a press with it, but you are going to have to work a bit harder to get the nose up than some of the super soft snowboards out there.

It can take some effort to get this board to flex.
It can take some effort to get this board to flex.
Photo: David Wise

Value


The Lady West is actually quite a good value when you take its versatility into account. It isn't the least expensive option on the market but truly excels across the majority of the mountain, making it an acceptable quiver killer.

Conclusion


If you are an intermediate to advanced female snowboarder with a hard-charging, aggressive riding style, then the Never Summer Lady West is a great choice. It can take some getting used to its hybrid profile if you aren't familiar, but this board loves to go fast and gives you the confidence to really rip. It's stable at speed, floats well in powder, and quickly and easily pops from edge to edge when carving. It might not be the best freestyle board out there, but it solidly impresses at just about anything else.

Marissa Fox