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Old 02-19-2013, 10:23 AM   #871 (permalink)
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Just wanna say Jules Winnfield is the man!!

Damn, i guess the 2014 Evo, would be better suited to me. Ah well, cant wait till august so the proto ct will just have to do, haha.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:28 PM   #872 (permalink)
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Next year's Proto is a different beast altogether. You could have both the Proto CT and the HD in your quiver and they'll be different boards. Actually, same goes for the Evos too. Just that the difference between the Protos are bigger.
Has the new Proto moved towards the SL? I'm guessing it maintains a lot of pop like the old models, but gains greater dampness and a ride similar to the SL. If that's the case, and the Evo 4.0 lends itself towards more all-mountain freestyle, that might be the board for me. I like ollie-ing on my SL now off of natural rollers and kickers, but I've wanted to butter it a little more than I can. I don't know if the lack of butterability from my SL is from my lack of skill or just the stiffness of the board. Probably a bit of both

If only you could talk Vince into adding the bright orange sno-glo effect on the bottom of the 4.0...I'd be sold in a heartbeat!!
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:29 PM   #873 (permalink)
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Leo, I know you said in another thread that you weren't a big fan of the Proto's changes. Has that opinion changed? My friend is on the fence about buying one right now. But at these prices he can certainly wait until next season and pick up a new one. I'll just loan him my boards for the time being.
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I honestly can say that the new Evo is without a doubt a superb east coast board. There's nothing here in Michigan that I don't trust the board on. So far, I've ridden it in both good and bad conditions. I was not ever upset with the board. For the previous Evo models, I would have said it's perfect for the rider that has mostly a freestyle biased riding style. With the 4.0, I think it's going to be a killer choice for someone who does an equal mix of park/all-mountain freestyle.

Between the current Proto and next year's Evo, it's a tough call. The Proto is still the better jump board though.

Next year's Proto is a different beast altogether. You could have both the Proto CT and the HD in your quiver and they'll be different boards. Actually, same goes for the Evos too. Just that the difference between the Protos are bigger.



Are you freestyling on the mountain as well? The SL is going to be noticeably more stable, but the Proto has the pop and butterability. I've seen people butter the SL so it's not undoable. Just saying Proto is better suited to that stuff.
Leo, I know you can't speak about the 2014 Proto HD but if my only issue with this years is dampness, would I be better served to wait on nexts years Proto over this years SL?
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Leo, I know you can't speak about the 2014 Proto HD but if my only issue with this years is dampness, would I be better served to wait on nexts years Proto over this years SL?
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Next years Proto is real damp. You'll only feel noise on bumpy terrain at higher speeds. It won't buck you though.


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Leo, I know you said in another thread that you weren't a big fan of the Proto's changes. Has that opinion changed? My friend is on the fence about buying one right now. But at these prices he can certainly wait until next season and pick up a new one. I'll just loan him my boards for the time being.
I'm starting to grow into it. It's really a great jump board. And on good snow, the thing glides like a champ. I was still riding through flats while my friends were unstrapping to skate.

I need to ride it more. I think my initial dislike came from the combination of added dampening (I truly felt the Proto was already damp enough for the style) and brand new board feel. It's breaking in nicely now. Spending the day hitting jumps helped. Especially knuckling a few times lol.


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Has the new Proto moved towards the SL? I'm guessing it maintains a lot of pop like the old models, but gains greater dampness and a ride similar to the SL. If that's the case, and the Evo 4.0 lends itself towards more all-mountain freestyle, that might be the board for me. I like ollie-ing on my SL now off of natural rollers and kickers, but I've wanted to butter it a little more than I can. I don't know if the lack of butterability from my SL is from my lack of skill or just the stiffness of the board. Probably a bit of both

If only you could talk Vince into adding the bright orange sno-glo effect on the bottom of the 4.0...I'd be sold in a heartbeat!!
The SL is definitely buttereable. So is the new proto HD. Not easy on either board but still doable. I was nose and tail pressing the HD through all the groomed flats on sunday. 180lbs, 158 proto HD
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I'm starting to grow into it. It's really a great jump board. And on good snow, the thing glides like a champ. I was still riding through flats while my friends were unstrapping to skate.

I need to ride it more. I think my initial dislike came from the combination of added dampening (I truly felt the Proto was already damp enough for the style) and brand new board feel. It's breaking in nicely now. Spending the day hitting jumps helped. Especially knuckling a few times lol.


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Leo, so does the proto HD still have the pop the ct's do?
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Leo, so does the proto HD still have the pop the ct's do?
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Honestly, I love my SL, just thought the blunted tips, more pop, and true twin would be a better fit for me. I love hitting all the natural features on my little hill here, but you can only do that so much before you get bored here. An average run here takes 30 seconds with a 5 minute lift ride. I'm just torn as whether to get something I can butter and press a little easier than my SL
You and I are kinda in the same boat regarding terrain availability. I'm in Maryland tho. I'm reserving my Evo 4.0 in June at my LBS...can't wait!
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