For what its worth, imo, the original Proto (first 2 years) was an all mountain deck. The new one is a park board with most of its nuts removed.
I have 3 days on last years model and it is very soft, like an old Evo. It folds under pressure like a park board. (I will admit my riding has progressed some and I'm probably asking too much freeride out of a freestyle deck, but I like to shred a true twin and I ride fast but also lots of ollies, natural hits, 180s, presses, pow.... but I'm not THAT good to imagine I'm progressing beyond the deck...)
Ill keep riding it as I have a 1 board quiver but it seems its time to move on.
I think I'm done with NS for awhile unless they do something different in terms of board design and marketing. Loved that OG Proto for hundreds of days, but most of my experience with the brand has been "meh" at best.
I'm not gonna go into bashing them, but I feel its worthwhile to have some posts on the subject that aren't pure fanboyism and from someone who actually puts in a shitload of days locally. I'm also clearly in the minority lol. 19/20 boards in the rack at LUV are NS, yea including the last 3 I've bought.
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Last edited by snowklinger; 11-25-2014 at 11:15 AM.