Do I need a Never Summer wide? Eg. Proto & Evo
Long time lurker, first time poster. Like many, I'm about to pull the trigger on a new NS deck for 11/12. I currently ride a 9/10 SLR, which I love. My issue is that I'm on the edge of the regular vs mid-wide border. I wear size 11 Salomon Synapse which are a bit chunky, unlike their F22 (major issues keeping capstraps on but that's another story). I weigh 190 and am 6'2". Currently I ride with my boots at 22.5" apart, at 18/-15 or sometimes 15/-15. I realize with this stance angle and width I can get on a regular width board, which I am, but both my toe and heel hang off the SL by about 1-1.5 inches each.
Now I can't say for sure if I've ever eaten snow due to drag, but it doesn't mean it hasn't happened, or that it hasn't affected me in powder.
I've read a bit and spoken to a few shop,s and NS themselves, and the general consensus is that I can "get away" with a regular width. But is that ideal? What I'd love to know from your all personal experiences is if its better to "get away" with squeezing your feet on a regular board for the responsiveness in initiating turns, or if the jump to a NS mid-wide width is not a big deal enough to noticeable impact on turn control and stiffness. Obviously I know there is a slight downside to going wider in terms of stiffness and flipping from edge to edge, but how does that compare to the value of losing some of that overhang?
Also, I'm torn between the Proto (CTX) and Revolver/Evo so please add your thoughts on that if you don't mind. I'd like a softer, shorter, twin version of my SL that I can pop and press natural features with, and hit the occasional 15 foot kicker. No boxes or rails, just flatground ollies and all mountain terrain. Of course powder but I can't assume I'll always get deep pow.
I have read all the reviews from Shay and Angry and a lot of your posts, just looking for some first hand experience on my main question. Many thanks in advance!