the main reason that im sold on the proto is because it is lighter than the sl. Im a girl so it matters ><
i have the roxy eminence previously which looks like a similar board to the proto. I've recently got the nike kaiju size 9 boots and the profile is way larger than my old f22 salomon boots so i was getting too much toe overhang with the kaiju+eminence combo. im hoping the proto will solve that
I see, you should have said you are size 9 women boots. So why aren't you looking at the Never Summer Infinity 154
? I mean the description actually says "same design features as the SL, but is narrower, softer and is lighter in weight."
Is it because you don't think the 23.9 waisted board is going to be wide enough for your mondo 26 boots? I think they would fit, considering that guys with size 10 boots (28 cm) can ride 25 cm waisted board. Oh, I just checked the specs on the Roxy Eminence ... I assume you are riding in the 155 length... with a 23.9 waist as well. The Infinity flairs out a bit more (you can see it's tip width is a few centimeters more)... hmm... boot clearance might be an issue with the Infinity.
Anyways... back to the discussion of Proto CT vs SL. Just because you are female doesn't mean you "need" a lighter board. Girls tend to be smaller, lighter, and have less muscle mass... but your stats mean you are tall and probably as strong as many guys on this forum
I've ridden both the 2012 Proto CT 154 and the SL 153, 155 and there is a weight difference... but it is not in my opinion a dealbreaker (the 2012 SL is MUCH light than the older models).
I suggest you talk to Shayboarder
as she has ridden all the boards we are talking about (the Roxy Eminence 155
, Roxy Envi 155
, Proto CT 152
, the Infinity 154
, the SL 153
, the Raptor 159
, etc) and as a woman would be much more qualified to tell you the issues/tradeoffs in riding a mens board as a woman.