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Honestly I kind of regret selling it, I thought the slimewalls did a pretty good job dampening the ride on cruddy snow, better than the Proto. I also liked the more even flex on the Machete. And I also like that it is $100 cheaper. The proto is torsionally stiffer if I recall correctly, and quicker transitions from edge to edge (but I am comparing a 157 Proto to a 161W Machete). That may or may not be a good thing depending on what you're looking for.

If you think the Machete is too lively underfoot, I think you will be disappointed with the Proto. The SL would be a better fit, or even the Heritage (neither of which I have ridden) especially if you're in to riding hard & fast and deal with icy/hardpack a lot.


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Thanks for the precious feedback.
I think that this year's prizes could have not been given to Machete because actually Ride didn't change anything...
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Hiya all,

Been snowboarding 5 years now and getting into freetstyling more and more. Ik like the medium jumps in the park, but most i like doing tricks on the slopes and going for some off piste when the i see a sweet area with enough pow (30% (jumps) 50% groomers (doing the 180 and 360 etc) and 20% off piste. Now I been looking for a nice board for that kind of riding and i ended up with the NS proto. But now i got a few questions:

Should i got for the 157 or 160 proto? Im 205 lbs (93 kg) and shoes 10.5 US size.

Because im buying whole new gear im wondering what to get for bindings. Been looking for the cartel and malavista, but i hear great things about the Rome 360 bindings aswell. So i was wondering what binding is best for my style of snowboarding.

I tried a couple boots on and i liked the NIKE zoom 1 (very sweet fit), but im wondering if those boots are for the style i like to develope or are there others shoes you recomment? (I know that the shoes are different for everyone) Any advise would be great help. (Thank god i got some cash at the moment so pretty much most of the equipment is in my price range.)

Greetz,

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Hiya all,

Been snowboarding 5 years now and getting into freetstyling more and more. Ik like the medium jumps in the park, but most i like doing tricks on the slopes and going for some off piste when the i see a sweet area with enough pow (30% (jumps) 50% groomers (doing the 180 and 360 etc) and 20% off piste. Now I been looking for a nice board for that kind of riding and i ended up with the NS proto. But now i got a few questions:

Should i got for the 157 or 160 proto? Im 205 lbs (93 kg) and shoes 10.5 US size.

Because im buying whole new gear im wondering what to get for bindings. Been looking for the cartel and malavista, but i hear great things about the Rome 360 bindings aswell. So i was wondering what binding is best for my style of snowboarding.

I tried a couple boots on and i liked the NIKE zoom 1 (very sweet fit), but im wondering if those boots are for the style i like to develope or are there others shoes you recomment? (I know that the shoes are different for everyone) Any advise would be great help. (Thank god i got some cash at the moment so pretty much most of the equipment is in my price range.)

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I'm 150 lbs and I have the 154 Proto CT, so I would suggest the 160 Proto myself. I don't know much about Nike Boots, but they are listed as an all-mountain boot which is the correct type of boot based on your self-description. If they fit the best out of the ones you've tried then those are a good option (fit is most important thing). I personally like Nitro boots, but I have very very skinny ankles. For bindings, last season I go my second set of the Rome 390s and they are a great binding.

Hope all of that helps.
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Hiya,

Your advice helped. I got the NS proto CT 158 (the rest kinda was sold out O_o). I got the Rome 390 Boss bindings. Talked with the guy in the shop and tried a lot of boots. I got the 32 Lashed boots size 11 US. Nice flex in them and pretty light aswell. Got great advise in the shop with the boots and got them heat molded at the spot and walked around for a hour to get the feel a bit. Gonna test the rest of the new gear next week .

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I dont like it how never summer does not have a sizing chart for your weight.... 5"8 153lb ish 154 is a good size ? i usually ride 155 my other snowboards would a 157 be too big for me

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I dont like it how never summer does not have a sizing chart for your weight.... 5"8 153lb ish 154 is a good size ? i usually ride 155 my other snowboards would a 157 be too big for me
What do you want to do with it. You can sneak a 152 probably if more park/freestyle than bombin.
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What do you want to do with it. You can sneak a 152 probably if more park/freestyle than bombin.
mostly just groomers... but no bombing and some park/half pipe store only has 157 so i was wondering should i wait and order a 154 or 152 or go with the 157
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mostly just groomers... but no bombing and some park/half pipe store only has 157 so i was wondering should i wait and order a 154 or 152 or go with the 157
I'd go with the 154. The 154 is really a 156 with the tips blunted.
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mostly just groomers... but no bombing and some park/half pipe store only has 157 so i was wondering should i wait and order a 154 or 152 or go with the 157
If you're riding mainly groomers, go with the 154. The 157 will be a beefy board for your weight.


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