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Old 03-05-2012, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default proto ctx 158 vs t.rice 161.5

Anybody tried them both?
Differences?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-06-2012, 10:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I ride the 161.5 TRice, but have not tried the Proto CT. However, I do know that the TRice is MUCH stiffer than the proto and is more of an all mountain board and the proto is a little more flexy for a little more freestyle.

Much different boards so determine what type of board you are looking for and one should drop right off your list. The NS Heritage is probably the closest thing to a TRice. Not sure what the Proto would compare to on the Lib line...maybe the TRS, but I think the proto is still more flexy than that.
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why does everyone ask for comparisons between these two boards?
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Thx schmitty34, on the scale the proto rates a 5 while the t rice is a 7.
I usually ride in Colorado and like to ride big mountain. But I also want start learning park.
Is the T. Rice not for park at all?

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Thx David, actually i don't want a comparison.
I want whats better for me.
Since i don't go to the park that much I was leaning towards the lib.

Actually if you compare the apple and the orange, not that different....

Both Fruits, both sour, both good for you, both have a lot of fiber, etc. etc....

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Thx David, actually i don't want a comparison.
I want whats better for me.
Since i don't go to the park that much I was leaning towards the lib.

Actually if you compare the apple and the orange, not that different....

Both Fruits, both sour, both good for you, both have a lot of fiber, etc. etc....

LOL!

If you don't ride park, between these two boards, the T-Rice is the board for you.
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Brands' flex ratings are not created equal. Even within the brand sometimes. For example, a Lib Tech 7 could be a Never Summer 9. Even within Lib Tech, the Banana Magic and T.Rice are both 7 in 157. The Banana Magic is noticeably softer than the Rice.

If you don't do any park, forget the Proto. If you just want to dabble in the park and start getting into it, the Never Summer SL would be the better option if you want that brand.

The Rice is plenty stable and will slay those big mountains. Not going to be so great in the park particularly on jibs. You won't feel anything underfoot and good luck pressing it.

You need to really decide on what you want most as big mountain riding and park are polar opposites. Stiff, damp boards are better suited for big mountain riding while soft, lively boards are ideal for park.

If you're looking for a do-it-all board, expect it to be a Jack-of-all-trades master-of-none. Get something mid-flex that is either directional twin or true twin if so.
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Really helpful information.
Thx a lot guys!!
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Haha, I had this same conundrum... ended up with both! Specifically the 161.5 T.rice HP and the 158 Proto CTX. Just for the record I'm 6'3" and 180 lbs, size 11 boot. I ride the Proto on smaller mountains where I am playing around a lot, throwing 180s over rollers, looking like an ass in the park etc. I ride the T.Rice when I'm riding faster, bigger mountains and larger jumps. The Proto is definitely more flexible, and would be the option for boxes and rails if you plan on getting into them. I have found that the T.rice floats better in powder, holds a better edge, and can carve tighter, but is more cumbersome in the trees, moguls, and at the slower speeds associated with jibbing features and smaller jumps. The Proto also feels a bit lighter, and is easier to spin in my opinion. The Proto also has a much more durable topsheet (cool bumpy texture) and has full wraparound edges (adding to durability), but that "beans" topsheet on the T.Rice just doesn't hold up and it doesn't have wrap around edges (and the pointy tip for riding powder).
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Awesome!
Thx Bigmountain!
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