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2014 Never Summer Raptor Snowboard
With graphics and stealth design inspired by the F/A-22 fighter jet, the Raptor is our flagship high performance freeride/freecarve snowboard. Armed with our NS SuperLight wood core and extensive
Carbonium Laminate Technology (CLT), the Raptor is a lightweight weapon that has taken freeride performance to a new level in carving, stability and versatility. Featuring a directional Rocker/Camber
profile designed specifically for the Raptor that combines a longer front camber and rear shifted rocker that increases carving performance, high speed stability and powder floatation. Capped off with the ultra-tech look of our durable Carbonium top-sheet, this is a snowflake killing machine!
Directional Rocker & Camber Profile (D.R.C) – DRC is designed to enhance edge hold and stability while maintaining powder floatation. This is accomplished by extending the camber to the end of the effective edge in the nose, increasing pressure over this area. To compensate for this additional pressure, we?ve shifted the rocker toward the tail making for unmatched carving at high speeds and a more forgiving ride.
Flex Rating (1 Soft – 10 Stiff) – 8 Stiffest board available
Vario Power Grip – Multi-radius sidecut adds increased edgehold precisely where it’s needed most, from 2 inches outside of each binding and inward toward the center of the board, providing added control and response in any conditions (Sidecut Radius numbers are an average).
NS Superlight Wood Core – Taking our custom flight core even further, we’ve designed the SUPERLIGHT WOOD CORE specifically for our new Carbonium series. This core blends extremely light wood with durable hardwood for unmatched strength to weight ratio.
Sintered P-Tex Sidewall – We were the first snowboard company to use and perfect SINTERED P-TEX SIDEWALLS, and we’ve never seen one crack. Unlike conventional ABS sidewalls, that have a tendency to crack in colder temperatures, SINTERED P-TEX SIDEWALLS maintain their integrity at any temperature.
Durasurf XT Sintered 5501 Base – Crown Plastics has developed an exclusive, super fast, durable sintered base specifically for the Carbonium Series. Just the right amount of graphite has been added making the DURASURF 5501 XT base the fastest we’ve ever used.
Fully Wrapped Metal Edge – Provides unmatched carving ability and edge grip.
Carbonium Topsheet – A very durable, scratch and chip resistant material with a high tech carbon fiber-like visual – this textured material also provides more grip than a gloss topsheet, working as a built-in stomp pad.
Additional Features / Laminates
Bi-Lite Fiberglass – Combining the strength characteristics of STS ADVANCED fiberglass with an ultra light glass fiber matrix, this delivers incredible freestyle and freeride performance without sacrificing durability.
Carbonium Laminate Technology – More carbon equals more power and performance. Combining an advanced top and base carbon matrix to maximize torsional response and strength where it’s needed most results in a lightweight yet powerful design.
Carbonium Dampening System (CDS) – The Carbonium Damping System (CDS) greatly reduces vibration and provides unmatched high speed stability and control. Thin elastomeric rubber stringers reduce vibration from the metal edge and surrounding laminates. Stringers below the inserts and under the carbon dampen and additional vibration near the binding, giving you a smooth ride underfoot without sacrificing snap and power throughout the board.
STS Pre-Tensioned Fiberglass – The world’s best snowboard fiberglass, period. Our STS ADVANCED FIBERGLASS is a pre-hardened, pre-tensioned, layered laminate that has added elastomer stringers between the 0 degree and 90 degree glass fibers the length of the effective edge. This produces a stronger bond between the individual glass laminates giving our snowboard unmatched strength, edge hold and performance.
Elastomeric Underfoot Stabilizers – Elastomeric Rubber Stabilizers directly below the mounting area provide optimum vibration absorption and increase high speed stability while reducing
Ability Level: Advanced-Expert
Rocker Type: Camber/Rocker/Camber
Flex Rating: Stiffest available
Core Material: Wood
Made in the USA: Yes
Warranty: 3 Year
Size (cm) 156 159 164 169
Effective Edge (cm) 121 124 128 133
Tip Width (cm) 29.1 29.8 30.4 30.5
Waist Width (cm) 24.8 25.3 25.3 25.4
Tail Width (cm) 29.1 29.8 30.4 30.5
Sidecut Radius (m) 790 790 810 830