Love riding my ProtoCTX
I was luck enough to get my hands on a NS ProtoCTX 160 last winter and I love it.
I spend most of my winter coaching Alpine and Snowboardcross athletes. I am also a very big (250+ lbs) and aggressive rider. Before I found Never Summer board I broke on average 3 boards a season. My Raptor is still going after 2.5 seasons, and my ProtoCTX survived a full winter. So durability Check.
Versatility. This is where the ProtoCTX created a bit of an argument. I got on it and found it the most fun Park board I have ever ridden. An instructor friend of mine (great rider and looking at going for his CASI Level 4 on the ProtoCTX) at my local resort got one too. He thinks it is a great Freeride/carving board. So we have the ongoing debate of "Park board" "Caring board" reminiscent of the "tastes Great" "Less filling" beer commercials.
Here is his review of the ProtoCTX:
"Last winter I sprung for a second board (My other was an older NS SL) and I got a Proto CT. It was my first board without traditional camber and I was very skeptical. At first I could hardly stand still on my board at the top of the hill, I was sliding all over the place. Once I got moving however, things started to feel better. The board could carve. Moved on to steeper terrain. The board could REALLY carve. Although it looks and feels like a park noodle at first take, it definitely is everything but. The harder you push it, the more it pushes back, this thing does not give up. It rides well fast or slow, high-end bumps or low-end beginner turns, park or steeps. It really can do anything. It is full of life and a really fun ride. I soon realized this was the only board I need and promptly sold the SL. I'm going to take the level 4 CASI course with carving specialty on it this season, hopefully I can perform as well as this board does."
The best way I can describe the ProtoCTX is that my first day on it I set up my bindings wrong. I had too much heel drag. My bindings where hitting the snow and disengaging my edge when I tried to do an aggressive high speed heelside Carve. But I was having too much fun and didn't want to stop to fix my set up. So I just did every carves toeside: Toeside carve - pop 180 - toeside carve - pop 180 - repeat till lift line. This was the first time I could do it at full speed and carve hard enough to get knee drag, on a Twin tip freestyle board!
So needless to say I love the ProtoCTX and if I ever have to replace it, it will be with another ProtoCTX. And I am recommending it to my friends and racers looking for a fun twin tip that can do anything.
Why can't it be -5 or colder and snowing every night of the year. With Blue Bird days.