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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-17-2012, 03:48 AM Thread Starter
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NS Proto Question RE Size (154/57)

I know its been asked before folks but Im findin it hard to get an answer specific to my own needs, so appologies if this pisses anyone off!

Weight: 165lbs (75 kilos)
Height: 5"11
Boot size: US 10

Basically I've decided on the new Proto CT. I work the slopes here in NZ (our season is over but the board will be for next year). What I ride depends on the snow. This season we've had terrible snow so I spend 5 days a week on groomers hitting all sorts of features and 2 days a week in the park. But if we do get good snow next year i'll spend alot of my time off piste and probably quite a few powder runs in the back country in between the park and piste.

Its unlikely we'll get that much powder next season and I want the 154, but if we get lucky and have some big dumps will the 154 hold up ok in the pow or will I regret not opting for the 157? And vice versa if I go for the 157 and we have yet another shit season will I regret the 157 when i'll be in the park quite a bit?

Whats the best compromise here? Bearing in mind I want the 154 Limited Edition
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The 57 is only going to perform very marginally different in powder. Its still the EXACT same board. Its not like you are comparing a 57 cobra to a 54 proto. Fwiw I weigh about 10lbs more than you and am very happy with my 54 off cliffs in pow whatever.

Also its not a bad powder deck unless you are talking about 4 feet of pacific (Japan/PNW) poo poo, which if you are in, you should obviously get a dedicated pow stick for.

I'd get the 54', don't compromise.

I also want that black one in a 54', fucking sexy board, trying to lay hands on one of this years evos, which will tide me over if I can pull it.

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The 57 is only going to perform very marginally different in powder. Its still the EXACT same board. Its not like you are comparing a 57 cobra to a 54 proto. Fwiw I weigh about 10lbs more than you and am very happy with my 54 off cliffs in pow whatever.

Also its not a bad powder deck unless you are talking about 4 feet of pacific (Japan/PNW) poo poo, which if you are in, you should obviously get a dedicated pow stick for.

I'd get the 54', don't compromise.

I also want that black one in a 54', fucking sexy board, trying to lay hands on one of this years evos, which will tide me over if I can pull it.
I'll be importin this to the UK and with added tax and all that bullshit I just wanted to be certain before spendin so much dosh. Just what I was hoping, and kinda expected to hear. Cheers mate!
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The 57 is only going to perform very marginally different in powder. Its still the EXACT same board. Its not like you are comparing a 57 cobra to a 54 proto. Fwiw I weigh about 10lbs more than you and am very happy with my 54 off cliffs in pow whatever.

Also its not a bad powder deck unless you are talking about 4 feet of pacific (Japan/PNW) poo poo, which if you are in, you should obviously get a dedicated pow stick for.

I'd get the 54', don't compromise.

I also want that black one in a 54', fucking sexy board, trying to lay hands on one of this years evos, which will tide me over if I can pull it.
I'm 150-155 lbs and I'm on the Proto 154 myself... it's ok in powder... but I agree 3 more cm is not going to really give you a huge boost in float (I have a dedicated powder board) and not worth getting just for the powder riding.

Matching the board stiffness/length is more important - at 165 lbs, the Proto 154 should be a nice flexy park board that you can press the crap out of it.

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I'm 155lb 5'9" and have about 60 days on my 154 proto CT.

For tahoe it is a shitty powder board.

For every day it isn't snowing it is a ton of fun!

As far as the 3cm.. At speed I wouldn't mind a little longer board but I bought it as my all-mtn freestyle deck so shorter was more "fun".


Either way you can't really go wrong.... as long as you aren't trying to ride it in deep snow.

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