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Old 07-25-2012, 05:56 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Well I do bomb down the hill here and there, but that's usually when the snow isn't great, and I attempt to avoid those days.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:18 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Never rode Proto, but you will feel the evo when you start bombing

The Evo does well for how soft it is, but it's not bullet proof. How important are those occasional bombs is your answer/
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:49 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I ride some pretty hard steep trees and steep terrain in general.

No way I am doing that on something softer than the proto (like the evo).

Whoever said the evo is better in trees was probably not doing steep tree runs. The evo is softer therefore easier to twist and control tight turns in between trees. On a mellow tree run I can see that logic.

However on a steep tree run you need some stiffness or the board just can't cope IMO.

I like the stiffness of the proto because it allows you to play a little and get pretty serious. Its middle ground.

IMO if you go with the evo you will gain in playfulness and loose some of the ability to charge more serious terrain.

As with any board its a trade off.

Even with the proto I have a more serious stick for free ride and deeper powder. If I had the evo I would definitely need another board. Thats my riding style though. You may be fine with just 1.
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My friends and I don't take any run slowly, and we ride the steep runs. I also plan on going to Jackson Hole, WY, which is known for its steepness.

I can only afford one board right now, so I'll stick with my gut and get the Proto instead of getting convinced to buy the Evo. Once I can afford more boards, I'll get an Evo or find another board that's more jib friendly. Especially since I haven't spent a lot of time in the park lately since I haven't had many days to go the past three years.

By the way, should I go with the Flux TT30 or the Rome 390 Boss bindings?
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I am not an expert on bindings since I haven't ridden many different types.

I like my cartels, but both options you are looking at are reputed to be great bindings.

I'm sure they will all be fine.
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