So for my 1000th post, I figured I would start a thread that would actually benefit the community a bit.
I, and everyone else on here, have been seeing tons of members purchasing NS Protos left and right. I am guilty of it. But the other day, I was wondering what boards compare to the Proto, and then it dawned on me, why not have a thread dedicated to twin tip boards with similar riding characteristics?
This will provide two opportunities for the forum: first, we could just refer to this thread every time someone has a Proto comparison question, second, it will give everyone that claims there are better options available to supply makes and models that are competitive. I think everyone could benefit from putting some of the warped negative energy on here to positive use.
I encourage anyone who posts here to supply the name of another board that compares and WHY it compares, or at the VERY least comment on another board that was brought up, however a short review could be very beneficial in helping people make decisions in the future.
Characteristics of comparison decks should include: Twin tip shape, all mountain flex, and some sort of hybrid camber. If anyone has ridden any of the boards listed, add in what you thought about it.
I don't think things like base construction or topsheets should eliminate options, but they can certainly be used to compare in a review if someone prefers.
Soooo... I'll go first.
My submission is Smokin' Snowboards Superpipe
. Twin shape, sintered 6000 base, mid-flex, hemp stringers, magnatraction. Made for jumps, but is a true, do everything board. I have not ridden it, but I bet it compares quite well. What is really cool about these boards is that they can be ordered with three different camber profiles. Full camber, camber with a hint of rocker in the center, and full hybrid camber with rocker between the bindings. The hybrid shapes do cost more, increasing the cost of the board to around $550.
Burton: Process Flying-V (lighter but softer), Custom Flying-V
Capita: DOA, Outsiders
Flow: Rush or maybe Era
Gnu: Riders Choice
K2: Happy Hour
Lib Tech: TRS, Hot Knife
Ride: Buckwild, Machete, Buck Up
Rome: Agent Rocker
Salomon: Assassin, Time Machine (directional twin)
Smokin': Superpark, Buck Ferton
YES: The Greats (2013)/The Asym (2014), Basic