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Old 02-05-2013, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So basics are:
Height: 5'9
Weight: 160lbs (11 1/2 stone)
Boots: UK 9
Main place of riding: Pyrenees Mountains, South of France
Price range: 500-550 for board 150-200 bindings
Underwear: just kidding

I've been using a 161cm 2005 Burton Clash with Burton freestyle bindings.
Not the best board for my size and weight I would imagine however I paid 100 for the board and bindings and its got me used to snowboarding and now I feel comfortable enough to buy a more sutible board for me and my style of riding.

Now for the tricky bit,
I'm after a board and bindings set that's going to cope with me going all over the mountain (on and off piste) hitting bumps and natural features that I can turn into jumps. I've never been into rails and boxes etc just jumps so I only visit the park every now and then. I'm also trying to learn how to butter and this is probably my favourite thing to do so the board needs to be of a decent flex.

So in a nutshell I'm after the best board that can cope with buttering, jumps and me wondering of into fresh powder but doesn't compromise too much on me flying down the mountain trying to catch the mrs on her skis (never gna happen but I still try lol)

At the moment only board I've got in mind is the never summer proto ct I don't know wether this would be up to all this or not?
I have been doing a lot of reading but I keep finding myself looking at the proto.

Thanks in advance
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Ride Machete wouldn't be a bad choice. Also depends on how skilled you are. Some people can ride noodles everywhere
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Ride Machete wouldn't be a bad choice. Also depends on how skilled you are. Some people can ride noodles everywhere
Well I haven't been riding that long I've just picked everything up very quickly. I suppose that could be a good thing as I'm not "used" to anything as such I've only spent a week on the burton and I'm going back end of this month for another week so if I was to get a true "noodle" I'd learn to ride it everywhere I suppose obviously its going to be difficult.

What is it thats hard about having a very Flexi board when your just charging down the piste?
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I think the Proto is over rated. For that type of board you can get something that rides just as good for much less money. Case and point, Flow Era, Salomon Sabotage, Nitro Rook, Arbor Coda or Blacklist, Capita DOA, Bataleon ET, K2 Fastplant, or a Yes Jackpot. I would rather ride any of those over a Proto. Just not worth it in my opinion.

All of those will be stable and fun charging and popping around on natural shit and whatnot but still have enough tip give to butter around.
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Haven't ridden a Proto but Coda = Most fun board I've ridden yet. The only thing I will say about Arbor is I've never felt comfortable on landing jumps.

This 100% on me, and not the board, but I don't spin (yet) and the camber sections on hybrid boards bite more for me when I land (Evo/SL)

Again that's just my own limitation not the board.

I haven't warmed up to the Westmark yet as much as the Coda. We'll see. I might sell it and get a Rome Boneless or shank just to try this short board stuff out.
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You can't go wrong with the Proto. I just picked on up on sale the other day and couldn't be more pleased.
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You can't go wrong with the Proto. I just picked on up on sale the other day and couldn't be more pleased.
If you don't mind me asking how much did you pay and where from? I'm in the UK and cheapest I can find it is 500

I kinda want the 2011/12 version just because of the white base and graphics

Does anybody know a date yet for when they are going to release the 2014 proto?
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If you don't mind me asking how much did you pay and where from? I'm in the UK and cheapest I can find it is 500

I kinda want the 2011/12 version just because of the white base and graphics

Does anybody know a date yet for when they are going to release the 2014 proto?
I paid $350 including tax, but it was at my local shop in Columbus, Ohio.
2014 shouldn't be available to purchase until the fall.
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I paid $350 including tax, but it was at my local shop in Columbus, Ohio.
2014 shouldn't be available to purchase until the fall.
Wow that's nearly half what I'd have to pay here! Shame I haven't got the money now It would be worth shipping it over here for that price
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Burton Sherlock?
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