Hey long time boarder looking to get a new freeride board. I have been reading all the reviews about the NS line up and have come down to these two. I am leaning more towards the sl as I don't hit the park unless I happen to be on that run. Once in the Park I don't have any problems with jumps, rails or boxes. On a plus side I have a good deal on the sl so that always helps when looking for a higher end board. I just really need something if I do back country I can throw a flip or 540 and not worry about the landing.
I had an SL awesome board. I wanted something more flexible for goofing off so I went with an Evo. If you are an incidental park rider then I would probably go for the SL. The SL has more dampening I think it'll make a much better freeride board.
On top of that you can get a good deal on the SL? no brainer.
I was all set on getting the SL 158 next week, but then I saw the Proto CT in the shop today. I like popping 180's off trail in the trees, so I think the Proto will be my choice. Plus the top sheet seems bullet proof and the graphics are great. They suggested going from my regular camber'd 160 to the 157, but that seems short (I'm 6'2" 190#)?
Yea I was also leaning heavy for the proto but I got my sl for a killer price. I will be in Vermont when NS has there demo days in the NE hope they are near me so I can try the proto for a next season buy. Also from Leo's review it sounds like a 157 will fit you great.