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Old 07-20-2011, 11:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all

About to order my new board, just a bit stuck between these two. A bit of background info:

* Currently rides a 2010 Ride Machete / Flux Feedbacks
* Intermediate to advanced
* Loves tree runs
* Otherwise a broad range of terrain - wherever I can go basically
* Not much park - prefers natural features

The thing is, I actually demoed the SL back in February at the ski resort I worked at (Big White, BC)...And I absolutely friggin loved it. I mean, completely fell in love with this board.

I'm just worried that I should get something a bit more different to my current board? I love the Machete but wouldn't mind something a little softer.

I found the SL to be such a great ride - so forgiving, smooth, almost like I just had to think about turning and it had already done it, no fuss. Is the Evo like this? I see that there is a bit more tech in the SL...does this contribute to such a great ride?

Any feedback would be much appreciated!
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Go Proto. In between the 2, and has the Carbonium dampening so it's lighter.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Okay, I haven't ridden the Proto...I noticed it has the same stiffness as the SL, and again I'm worried it will be too similar to my Ride Machete.

So now I'm stuck between three boards...never been so damn undecided. Pity I've only ridden the SL

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Old 07-21-2011, 07:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you want something stiffer and will only be riding the mountain then the sl would be best for you. If you want something a little more playful and a twin then the proto would be good.
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My current board (2010 Ride Machete) is an all mountain and seems pretty stiff - Ideally I want something softer for butters, presses etc. I won't be in the park all too often, but really want to hit some natural features and a bit of flatland style tricks, as well as heaps of tree runs.

Can anyone comment on how soft the Proto is compared to the SL and Evo in this regard? Leo commented in his review that he found the Proto quite stiff (he rated it a 6)...

It's funny - whichever I pick I know it's gonna rock, but I've never been so undecided about anything! They seem so similar that it's confusing me
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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According to Angry's review the machete has a jump flex. That's similar to the proto. I'd get the evo. Leo loved the Evo for tree runs.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you're not going in the park, get the SL
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have not ridden the proto or the sl but I did ride an evo for most of last season. Fun board which i ride all over the hill. As I have said before the only place it doesnt ride well is in chopped up spring pow.

Dont get caught up thinking the evo is a park board because it aint IMO.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks guys, these are great...

I'm leaning towards the 154 Evo now because I think it will suit my riding a bit more...

Eventually I'd like to add a longer SL as a powder board and then my life will be complete!
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm ordering the Evo. But skipping the SL (I've already owned one ... great board) and maybe springing for a heritage, or other brand (digging the arbor offerings)
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