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So for my 1000th post, I figured I would start a thread that would actually benefit the community a bit.

I, and everyone else on here, have been seeing tons of members purchasing NS Protos left and right. I am guilty of it. But the other day, I was wondering what boards compare to the Proto, and then it dawned on me, why not have a thread dedicated to twin tip boards with similar riding characteristics?

This will provide two opportunities for the forum: first, we could just refer to this thread every time someone has a Proto comparison question, second, it will give everyone that claims there are better options available to supply makes and models that are competitive. I think everyone could benefit from putting some of the warped negative energy on here to positive use.

I encourage anyone who posts here to supply the name of another board that compares and WHY it compares, or at the VERY least comment on another board that was brought up, however a short review could be very beneficial in helping people make decisions in the future.

Characteristics of comparison decks should include: Twin tip shape, all mountain flex, and some sort of hybrid camber. If anyone has ridden any of the boards listed, add in what you thought about it.

I don't think things like base construction or topsheets should eliminate options, but they can certainly be used to compare in a review if someone prefers.

Soooo... I'll go first.

My submission is Smokin' Snowboards Superpipe. Twin shape, sintered 6000 base, mid-flex, hemp stringers, magnatraction. Made for jumps, but is a true, do everything board. I have not ridden it, but I bet it compares quite well. What is really cool about these boards is that they can be ordered with three different camber profiles. Full camber, camber with a hint of rocker in the center, and full hybrid camber with rocker between the bindings. The hybrid shapes do cost more, increasing the cost of the board to around $550.


Comparo boards:

Arbor: Blacklist/Westmark
Burton: Process Flying-V (lighter but softer), Custom Flying-V
Capita: DOA, Outsiders
Flow: Rush or maybe Era
Gnu: Riders Choice
K2: Happy Hour
Lib Tech: TRS, Hot Knife
Nitro: Uberspoon
Ride: Buckwild, Machete, Buck Up
Rome: Agent Rocker
Salomon: Assassin, Time Machine (directional twin)
Smokin': Superpark, Buck Ferton
YES: The Greats (2013)/The Asym (2014), Basic
 

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No reviews but I'll add three boards I'm seriously considering along with the Proto.

Salomon Time Machine. Not a true twin, but directional twin.
K2 Happy Hour
Nitro Uberspoon.

These are the boards I identified from BA's reviews then did further diligence on wherever I can find info.

I keep flip flopping between the HH and the Time Machine. I want a lot of pop, and to be able to charge yet play around a little (I'm ordering a dedicated bear mountain board the Rossignol Rocknrolla for jibbies and small jumps).
 

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I rode the Burton Process Flying V. Its quite similar on paper but felt much lighter and a little softer. Felt like it'd not do as well for all mountain really, but a beginner could have an easier time on it. I didn't come away wishing I'd bought one instead of the Proto at all, but I really want to try the camber version now. :thumbsup:
 

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I am considering the T.Rice Pro and the Proto.
I need a wide board so in particular the Proto HDX and the T.Rice is a mid wide, not sure I can get away with it but would be keen for any comparisons on anyone that has ridden both?
Note, I understand the T.Rice changes shape in the larger sizes to be more of a pow ripper, so talking the mid-shorter boards that are actually true twins for this comparison.
Without riding them, just looking at the specs I believe the T.Rice maybe better for ripping groomers and smoothing out crud, while the Proto (when broken in) maybe a little better for including rails and boxes in your run, but still both overall, both pretty poppy, chargin all mountain twins!
 

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The Trice is a beast, so keep that in mind. I think the Rider's Choice would be somewhat similar to the Proto from Mervin.
 

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Yeah I agree, sorry my comparisons really are just for wide boards. The problem being the TRS is not available in a wide option. Would love to have the TRS in a wide as it sounds awesome! I guess I got on to the T.Rice because its about as close as I can see to the HDX, in a wide (mid at least) board to suit my riding style.
 

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Yeah I agree, sorry my comparisons really are just for wide boards. The problem being the TRS is not available in a wide option. Would love to have the TRS in a wide as it sounds awesome! I guess I got on to the T.Rice because its about as close as I can see to the HDX, in a wide (mid at least) board to suit my riding style.
Not the TRS, I mean the Rider's Choice. Yes it's a GNU but same company different name. These do come in wide, and are not burly like a T Rice would be. I rode one way too long for me (157.5 or whatever it is) and it felt SL'ish but I could be wrong. But the TRice is very burly. Check out the rider's choice.

GNU Riders Choice C2PBTX Snowboard 2014 | evo
 

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I guess I got on to the T.Rice because its about as close as I can see to the HDX, in a wide (mid at least) board to suit my riding style.
Mate, the T. Rice is nothing like the Proto, other than the fact that it is a true twin and has a somewhat similar camber profile.
Other Mervin boards, like the TRS/RC that has already been mentioned, but also the Attack Banana, Super Banana, Space Case, Impossible, Metal Guru, and even the Hot Knife are closer to the Proto than the T. Rice.

Note, I understand the T.Rice changes shape in the larger sizes to be more of a pow ripper
No, it is only an optical change. It does not affect the way the board rides.
 

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Mate, the T. Rice is nothing like the Proto, other than the fact that it is a true twin and has a somewhat similar camber profile.
Other Mervin boards, like the TRS/RC that has already been mentioned, but also the Attack Banana, Super Banana, Space Case, Impossible, Metal Guru, and even the Hot Knife are closer to the Proto than the T. Rice.
Do you have any comparo board suggestions from companies other than Lib/Gnu to add to the list?
 

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I am trying the Solomon time machine, villain, rome mod rocker, capita doa and echelon orion this year instead of the proto. Dont get me I love NS boards and I own a few ut the other companies have also been stepping it up as late.
 

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Do you have any comparo board suggestions from companies other than Lib/Gnu to add to the list?
Oh sure, was just responding to NZRide's posts specifically.

In the spirit of contributing to the thread here are a bunch of (somewhat ) similar boards from other mainstream brands:
  • Smokin: SuperPark (already mentioned) and Buck Ferton
  • Rome: Agent Rocker
  • Flow: Rush or maybe Era
  • K2: Happy Hour (different camber profile, but last year's rode like a Proto with more pop and this year's lifted profile looks awesome
  • Ride: Buckwild or Machete
  • Arbor: Blacklist/Westmark
  • bunch of Capita boards - DOA, maybe Outsiders, etc.
 

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Capita Outsiders. Flat tips with camber in between. My ideal edge profile.

Also, Ride Buck Up. Micro camber with micro rocker in the tips. Interested in this as well.
 

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27 hrs ago bigVD was dropping his #1000 post. When I read it just now (27 hrs later) the counter was 1,020. I hope you get snow soon man. :laugh:
What can I say... I spend 14 hours a day in front of a computer between classes and studying. It's hard not to procrastinate on SBF when it is only 1 click away...

First day will be December 15th. Can't fucking wait.
 

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Not exactly "direct" competition to the Proto as it has some differences, but here's an alternative:

Endeavor Live 2014

- Rocker/Camber/Rocker hybrid (so it will feel a bit more like regular camber than the Proto, but still limda floaty)
- Directional twin (difficult to tell the difference if not for the graphics; but slightly different nose geometry aimed at better float)
- All mountain Mid flex ~6/10-ish, Triaxial fibreglass (so maybe a bit stiffer than the Proto)
- Sintered 7500 base
- Vibration dampening, carbon strip inserts
- Very light (not sure if lighter than the Proto, probably not)
- Costs less than Proto (at least in Canada), i could get the board AND decent boots or bindings for the price of a Proto.

- Badass graphic
- Indie Vancouver (Canada) company, made in China. So i guess you cant get more vancouver than that ;)

I'll do a little review after riding it....
 
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