Where are you and what type of terrain are you talking about?
If you're talking about buying a Raptor and you ride primarily in the midwest, then I'd probably say you're buying a way too much board.
But, ultimately I'd try to demo first. The thing about NS boards, especially their freeride oriented boards, is that they are vey damp. Some people just don't like that. The Proto is damp for what it is, but nothing like the Raptor or Premier. You may be one of those people. Different strokes for different folks.
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Last edited by linvillegorge; 09-11-2013 at 07:36 PM.