I thought your questions were pretty well answered in the last thread?
I'd say if you're mostly riding groomers then start with the Proto 154 - compared to riding an old cambered rental board it's as forgiving as anything - hell - it's forgiving by any measure! But the Proto will keep you more stable bombing groomers. Where (I think) the Evo is capable (-itallics) of bombing groomers it only makes sense if you are a more accomplished rider! For a relative newb you might find it throwing you around a lot.
Then when you are bored of pissing down the slopes and want to head to the park a lot more get an Evo 152 (IMO)
I have the Proto and have ridden the Evo a handful of times and totally adore both boards. The Evo is the funnest board I have ever ridden. But I freaking love my Proto! Solid board!
Thanks for the feedback Sypha. I've kinda flip/flopped between the two since I decided to buy. Started with the Proto, then thought the Evo might be better..
I guess I'm worried that the evo is a fraction too soft.. and the Proto is a fraction too stiff. I doubt I would regret either but I know my perfectionist side will nag me if I don't make the 'right' choice
Basically - you need both! Simple as! You'll end up an NS whore like everyone else (me included)
Neither is too anything!
The Evo is the perfect amount soft for jibs and pressing the shit out of and buttery heaven!!!!!
The Proto is the perfect amount stiff for carving (for a mid flex true twin mind!) and for landing jumps.
The proto is NOT a stiff board and you can still butter like there's no tomorrow - just the Evo is the most playful board on the planet (don't quote me on that - I'm sure Nivek and Angry would disagree - probably with good cause - but that said there are a HELL of a lot of good reviews for the Proto and Evo '12)
Buy both You won't need another board for a while! .... (unless you find you want something for absolutely ripping the piste up like the Raptor or something to float on endless powder)
SHEESH! I forgot about that! Right you're ordering an Evo and a Proto for me and getting them sent to me I'll paypal you the money! I have to try to get rid of my Proto so I can size up to the 157 (from the 154) but I NEEEEEEEEED an Evo too. It's too fun not to have! (I'm a fellow UKer btw)
Slush puppie, that makes me feel no better. I take no pleasure in another man's misfortunes! I am selling a 154 though. Do you know Mike Bell? (there's only a few people on the Channel Islands right!?)