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Old 09-17-2013, 10:12 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Just ordered a 157 HD today! Gettin' pumped!
Same board I have. I can't wait to ride this bad boy!


And when you guys get this board, check the base and see if you can see some kind of insert between the bindings. Its oval shaped with holes in it.

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Old 09-17-2013, 10:30 PM   #102 (permalink)
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I'm about ready to order mine... I'm only 150 lbs so I was reluctant to go with a 157, but considering how I like to go off trail in fresh snow and how playful it is I'm not worried about it. Should be the perfect board for progressing further and having a blast.
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I'm about ready to order mine... I'm only 150 lbs so I was reluctant to go with a 157, but considering how I like to go off trail in fresh snow and how playful it is I'm not worried about it. Should be the perfect board for progressing further and having a blast.
I would go 154. But you could definitely ride the 157!
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:55 AM   #104 (permalink)
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I'm about ready to order mine... I'm only 150 lbs so I was reluctant to go with a 157, but considering how I like to go off trail in fresh snow and how playful it is I'm not worried about it. Should be the perfect board for progressing further and having a blast.
I agree the 154 is the best all round for your weight.
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:15 PM   #105 (permalink)
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The BSOD has camber underfoot so it will take more effort to change from edge to edge. Camber also makes it a little harder to press (still perfectly doable) and do ground tricks with. Stiffer boards also make it harder to change between edges and press.

From what I have read the Proto should be softer than the BSOD (haven't ridden one) and the camber profile is rocker between the feet with little camber zones just past the bindings. The profile and the flex of the Proto will add up to easier changes of edge and easier to press and do little ground tricks with. It will also be more forgiving on landings and less likely to catch.

The benefit of the stiffer camber on the BSOD will be in high speed carving, I still feel the proto does very well in this area but camber will always be better if hard fast carving is the main thing you enjoy doing.

Its very hard to put into words, but I have a 161 cambered Volkl deck and I love it for carving, the thing is in powder the 157 Proto has it beat hands down, in the park it has the Volkl beat hands down, cruising groomers and spinning of side hits also goes to the Proto. Ground tricks, Proto.

The Proto is more playful and capable all round, but if I want to go fast and carve hard no doubt the Volkl (and I am sure your BSOD) will be the better tool for the job. From your post it seemed like fast carving was one of the main things you like to do.

Some people like me go from camber to dual camber with rocker (Proto) and love it, others don't like the feel and go back to camber or rocker-camber- rocker.

Its impossible to tell you exactly what the difference is without trying it. If you can demo do so, if not man up and make a choice based on what you like to do most on a board.
Awesome reply and many thanks for that. Yes I like to go fast, but more point and shoot. I typically don't do hard carves sweeping side to side using most of the run width (haha) or carve hard throwing snow into a wave. Unfortunately I don't have the luxury of nice pow (Big Bear Mtn etc) so fast and straight is the type of "fast" I do (when I'm in the mood to do so). Sounds like the Proto will fit this bill just fine. Thanks again.
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:03 PM   #106 (permalink)
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I agree the 154 is the best all round for your weight.
Will I miss the float of that 3cm? I'm 6'0" just skinny. I will say all the boards I rode last year were 155's and I loved them.

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Weight is the most important factor because it's you're weight that will flex the board not you're height.
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:51 AM   #108 (permalink)
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Will I miss the float of that 3cm? I'm 6'0" just skinny. I will say all the boards I rode last year were 155's and I loved them.
You'll float fine at your weight on the 154.

Of course if you are riding deep powder regularly you should be thinking about another more powder focused quiver deck.

For once in a while dumps (and even regular dumps up to 30cm) the proto does very well. If you get a deep day just take 5 mins to set the bindings back a notch and it will help you float better.
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You'll float fine at your weight on the 154.

Of course if you are riding deep powder regularly you should be thinking about another more powder focused quiver deck.

For once in a while dumps (and even regular dumps up to 30cm) the proto does very well. If you get a deep day just take 5 mins to set the bindings back a notch and it will help you float better.
What he said. Almost certainly 154.
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Awesome, thanks for the advice guys. The first board I ever rode was a 160, it was hellacious for a guy my size. I've been on 155's since then lol. I can't wait to get this bad boy and try it out, it should be a lot of fun to ride.
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