I just thought i'd add my own review of this board to this thread.
Just a little background on my riding level. I've been riding for 5 or maybe 6 seasons now (15+ times each season). I'm more of a park oriented rider. I hit straight airs with simple grabs for 30 or 40 foot kickers, can do some jibs but sometimes with a lot of difficulty (fs board slides/fs 50/50 bs board slides).
picked up a proto ct 152 in october and paired it up with a pair of flux sf45s.
Note: the only other board I can truthfully compare this board to is my old 2007 rome agent 155
I took this board with me to tremblant this past weekend. The conditions were icy, only 3 boxes in the park and no jumps were up.
Pros: The first thing I really noticed about the proto is how fast it was on the slopes. The sintzzered 5501 base is super fast and glides over ice very well. The vario grip lives up to the hype. I was able to carve down the icey conditions no problem. The rocker camber profile provided a lot of pop when I was ollieing down steep drops and I didn't have any problems washing out when I landed. Board transitions from edge to edge really well. As I mentioned earlier, I'm more of a park rat but I with this board I really enjoyed bombing it down black runs. The 152 definitely rides like a 155 or maybe even a 157. Although it rides much longer this board also is able to hold its own on jibs. took this board to do some simple jibs on a flat box. Was able to lock in fs Boards no problem. I did eat shit real bad once cause I caught an edge on my nose.. still debating if i should detune tip and tail...
Cons: I didn't detune tip and tail so even with the blunted tips, the tip and tail seemed a lot catchier than my old agent (but i detuned the shit out of the tip and tail so it's not a fair comparison). I've heard other reviews say this board is more flexible and playful than the flex rating 5 listed on the NS website, but I found this board to be rather stiff. The rocker profile makes it easier to lift the nose or the tail but when you really try to press down on the board to lay down a solid tail press/tail block, you have to push down quite a bit (this maybe a pro for others.. i just thought this board would be a bit more playful). The sintzered 5501 base although fast, is awful at holding wax in... i saw dry spots after the first day of riding and unfortunately i didn't bring my kit with me. I'll be waxing after every session from here on out.
Overall: this board lives up to its name as an all mountain shred. It's fast, and can carve through just about any part of the mountain regardless of icey conditions. I haven't been able to take this board out on jumps yet but judging by how well it holds on ice and how poppy it is, I would imagine this board would be awesome on large jumps and even the pipe. While not amazing on jibs, this board still holds up quite nicely on jibs. not so great for butters/flatground tricks though.
I would recommend this board for anyone who likes to lap the entire mountain with the occasional visit to the park to hit huge airs.
2007 Rome Agent 155, 2011 Rome Artifact Rocker 150, 2012 Never Summer Proto CT 152
2011 Union Contacts, 2012 Flux SF45, 2008 Rome 390's (Retired)
2011 Zoom Kaiju, 2007 Thirtytwo Prospects (Retired)