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Old 01-13-2012, 01:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default NS Proto CT or GNU Riders Choice - Size question

Hi guys, I finally decided on either getting the Proto CT or the GNU Riders Choice(Or another board altogether if there is something better), and not sure what size I want. I'm going to be doing park, groomers, boardercross, "side country", the rare powder day we get(Nova Scotia is horrible for snow), and basically the whole mountain. I'm around 130lbs, 182.5cm(almost 6'), and size 12 boots. I'm not all done growing (16 years old), so keep that in mind. Coming from a crappy ole' cheap jib rocker 152.5".

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Hi guys, I finally decided on either getting the Proto CT or the GNU Riders Choice(Or another board altogether if there is something better), and not sure what size I want. I'm going to be doing park, groomers, boardercross, "side country", the rare powder day we get(Nova Scotia is horrible for snow), and basically the whole mountain. I'm around 130lbs, 182.5cm(almost 6'), and size 12 boots. I'm not all done growing (16 years old), so keep that in mind. Coming from a crappy ole' cheap jib rocker 152.5".

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I demoed the Proto and it is a very nice board. Those forums are a "little" biased towards NS so I'm sure you'll get a lot of votes for the proto.

Never tried the Rider's choice but GNU makes nice boards. It has MTX which is very nice if you're riding a lot of hard packed / ice.

Other than that the boards are just around the same price, so that's not really a factor. You may have trouble getting your hands on a proto though, NS boards end to sell out fast.
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Also, size of the Proto is 155 or 157.

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I demoed the Proto and it is a very nice board. Those forums are a "little" biased towards NS so I'm sure you'll get a lot of votes for the proto.

Never tried the Rider's choice but GNU makes nice boards. It has MTX which is very nice if you're riding a lot of hard packed / ice.

Other than that the boards are just around the same price, so that's not really a factor. You may have trouble getting your hands on a proto though, NS boards end to sell out fast.
The proto also apparently has a wavy edge like the riders choice, so assuming that'll be close to the same in terms of hardpack, as we have lots of ice man-made days.

I found a site with the Proto, 155 and 157 as I said. I'm planning to order it within 24 hours, there is 1 Riders choice left.

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Also, size of the Proto is 155 or 157.
I'm not sure I'm following you.
Those sizes don't look right, the one I demoed was a 154.

Check their web site for the available sizes.
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I'm not sure I'm following you.
Those sizes don't look right, the one I demoed was a 154.

Check their web site for the available sizes.
You're right. The NS site lists 154/157 and the shop lists 155/157.

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The other thing I'm scared about for the Rider's Choice is how to edge doesn't go all the way around, I think that would lead to chipping/metal edge peeling and catching.

EDIT: The shop has the 155 as the CTX version, which is correct. My bad. Thinking I'll push it with the 157 CT then.

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I'm planning to order it within 24 hours, there is 1 Riders choice left.
If I were you and I was bout drop $500+ on a board, I'd take my time and think this through.
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If I were you and I was bout drop $500+ on a board, I'd take my time and think this through.
I've been looking for awhile, and thinking the Never Summer is the way to go. Nicer graphics, edge around the whole side, super fast base, and lots of reviews. 157 I'm thinking, that way I'll be able to use it/grow into it rather than get the ideal for right now.
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The other thing I'm scared about for the Rider's Choice is how to edge doesn't go all the way around, I think that would lead to chipping/metal edge peeling and catching.
I have a GNU CC and that never bothered me. All Mervin boards (GNU / Lib Tech / Roxy) are like that.

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EDIT: The shop has the 155 as the CTX version, which is correct. My bad. Thinking I'll push it with the 157 CT then.
That sounds pretty long compared to your old 152.5
Don't buy it because that's all they have left.
My advice: Try to demo boards if you can and get other opinions. In other words, make an informed decision
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the proto rides really long
my 152 feels longer than my old 155.. probably holds and edge as well as older 158 models from other makes
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the proto rides really long
my 152 feels longer than my old 155.. probably holds and edge as well as older 158 models from other makes
It has blunted tips and a longer edge than most boards its size.
157 definitely feels too long, I'd go with a 154 if you really want to size up.
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