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NS Proto CT review

I had a chance recently to ride the soon to be released Never Summer Proto CT. The Proto CT, for those of you learning of this board for the first time, is an all new design from NS. C T refers to the Carbonic topsheet and Twin design. It is a true twin with a new core design and lay up patterns similar to some existing NS patterns with some new ideas used. So it is, basically, a totally new design incorporating ideas from previous NS board patterns. The result:

The Proto CT rides similar to an SL with the exception that it has a bit more pop when ollieing and popping off rollers and booters and the feel riding switch is identical to riding normal.

It is super stable on high speed groomers, and it floats on pow. I was riding a 157 and it rode very slightly larger, kind of like a 160. Edge-to-edge is super quick, quicker than any other board I've ever ridden. It feels soft in torsional twist so I think that is why it is so fast to transition, but the nose and tail are super poppy without folding up when heavily loaded.

In the park it performed flawlessly. It lacks the rail lock of the Evo but only by a slight amount, it is not squrrely by any means! It is fantastic in the pipe, I feel my Evo is a little too soft to really pop out of the pipe the way I like to but the Proto was perfect for me.

I rode this board out west where I encountered all types of conditions; from knee deep powder at Vail to locked-up boilerplate at Mt. Bachlor. Super stable with the perfect amount of flex to butter and ollie all day long. For me it is a do all quiver killer! It really rode everything flawlessly. Next season it will be my choice for the whole mountain!
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how do i get one
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^^^What they said! lol, I've been looking at and drooling over this board for a little while now... I would really like to get one, my only concern being whether I'll need a wide size or not, since I ride large size 11 Nike Zoom Force's and I'm borderline on the SL's waist width. Do you know if the Proto is narrower or wider?

I'm very excited to hear what others have to say about this board in the coming weeks and months, thanks for posting, and please update this thread with your thoughts as you have a chance to ride it more.

Any idea what the going price will be for one of these?? I'm assuming somewhere close to the SL and EVO-R, probably a little bit more. And I've also been wondering, what color(s) will the base be? And what kind of graphic is on the base??
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The base graphics basically look like the black and white 2010 SL topsheet.

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@CJS- It is a 11-12 so it will hit stores when the next cycle is released.

@snowkanin- The Proto-CT has a white top sheet with a splash paint bright orange-blue-green motif between the insert packs and some green paint drip patten on the nose. Super bright colors with a lot of POP! The base is white with a classic NS eagle and retro red NS lettering in the eagle.


I will be on this board for the rest of the season so I will be writing reviews all season long. I just returned from out west. I'm riding tomorrow (2' on the way here in VT!) so I'll write an east coast review next week as the conditions will be various and I'll be in my home park and on my home mountain.
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The base graphics basically look like the black and white 2010 SL topsheet.
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@CJS- It is a 11-12 so it will hit stores when the next cycle is released.

@snowkanin- The Proto-CT has a white top sheet with a splash paint bright orange-blue-green motif between the insert packs and some green paint drip patten on the nose. Super bright colors with a lot of POP! The base is white with a classic NS eagle and retro red NS lettering in the eagle.


I will be on this board for the rest of the season so I will be writing reviews all season long. I just returned from out west. I'm riding tomorrow (2' on the way here in VT!) so I'll write an east coast review next week as the conditions will be various and I'll be in my home park and on my home mountain.
DROOOOOOOOOLLL!!!!!!!!!!

lol, I love the SL top sheet, and the color red, not only does this board perform but it sounds like its pretty much the sickest board I've ever seen too. Time to start pinching my penny's!

Have you ridden it yet Leo? Or will you be riding it soon??

Sounds good shutupandride... I'll be checking back on this thread often. Looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts and experiences on this incredibly sweet snowboard. Never Summer always makes good stuff, but it sounds like they really hit it out of the park with this one...
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I will be riding it tomorrow and Sunday. Going to use two different binding and boot combinations.

I believe the one with the black base is maybe the CTX. I can't remember where I saw that.

Someone posted a link to their dealer catalog:

:+: ???? :+: ???? - Never Summer

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Any idea how much it will sell for?
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Thanks for posting the review.

So you are saying it rides like a hybred of the SL and the EVO? Would you say it is more all-mountain or park? Was there anything that you would have liked the board to do better? ....love me some NS...great company/products! OBTW...why no pictures?

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@CApow- Yeah I would say it is a hy-bred between an Evo and an SL. If I would change anything I think I would like it to ride a touch smaller. Rotations need to be a little more precise than on my Evo but it is such a small difference I feel like I'm starting to split hairs.

@whoisdan- I don't get that kind of info from NS. Sorry man.
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