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This board was given to me for review purposes by Neversummer. They being said, this is my take on the 2014 NS Proto HDX. I know there are many other reviews out there on this board already, but this is my take on it. Plus, I rode the wide version cause I'm not a little fellow. Speaking of my size, my stats for last season go like this, 6'3" and anywhere from 190 to 200lbs with a size 13 boot. That is why I rode the HDX in a 160. This was also my first experience with a Proto, so my comparison is only to other boards that I have ridden, not the Proto's of the past.


So, for starters, let me just say, this board is fun. The level of fun that was had on this board not only surprised me, it surprised the few others I let ride it as well. It's an all mountain twin with the just right flex. NS says 5 for the flex and I would agree, at least at first. I say at first because the board softened up on me a bit, but more on that later. For now, we'll focus on the fun. So what does this board do to make it so fun you ask? It's easy to butter, easy to press, plenty poppy, and still knows how to rail a hard and fast turn. Combine them all together in a beautiful package and add a non slip grip, and you've got a great recipe for fun. The low rise tip and tail mean that your presses and butters require just a little less effort to look good, and the extended transition rocker camber profile keep them feeling locked in all the way through. Fun.


The board is built to be an all mountain freestyle machine. If you love to rip natural features, boost proper ollies, smash pillows, blast tress and then shred up the park, this board can handle it all. I amazed myself a few times while riding last season due to the confidence that this board brought me. I know it's rider over equipment, but good equipment will make a rider more confident to try things they may not normally try, and this board is good equipment. Between the pop of the board (which is stellar), and the stability of it, I never felt like I couldn't do something. Even when that something was sending it over a gap that I normally had no business trying to clear. Needless to say, I cleared the gap, and the fence at the end of it thanks in large part to the Proto HDX I was riding. Also, since it's a true twin, my switch riding improved vastly. I teach kids snowboarding in the winter, and this last winter, I did it all switch thanks to the Proto.


Now, since this a review, I suppose I should tell you what I didn't like about the board. The problem is, I really like almost everything about it. My only real complaint is that it softened up on me a bit faster than I thought it would. But since it started out as a mid stiff leaning more toward the stiff side, the softening breaking in just made it a perfect middle of the road flex. Yeah, that's my only "complaint", and I know it's not much of a complaint. Even edge to edge transitions, which is where most wides suffer, were smooth and fast. Neversummer really knocked it out of the park with Proto HD/HDX.


So in conclusion, this board is fun with a capital F. Lot's and lot's of Fun. It's also likely to be my go-to ride this season. I paired it with some Rome 390 Boss bindings and it was an excellent match. Much better than the Union Flites that I had to mount to it first. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have that haven't already been answered by someone else, somewhere else. Oh, and here's a picture of it pre 390 Boss.

EDIT: I added info to end the thread derailing. Now, if you have questions about the board, or about why I enjoyed it so much, feel free to ask.
 

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Nice review man. I'm also going to pick one of these up, but am unsure of the HD or HD X. I am a size 12, but my Burtons have shrink tech which makes it a size 11. Your thoughts?

Also I am 6'2 and 210 lbs. I gotta stop hitting the weights before the season starts :)
 

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there is a major break-in on the proto. I would imagine pushing around maritime snow will break it in faster.

I like how it flexes before and after tbh.

I think the only deck missing from the NS quiver is a big mountain twin pow slayer, which the proto is, but just a bit more beef, you can jib the shit out of a broken in proto, i'm talking about something you would not want for jibbing.
 

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Nice review man. I'm also going to pick one of these up, but am unsure of the HD or HD X. I am a size 12, but my Burtons have shrink tech which makes it a size 11. Your thoughts?
Since your boot is more like an eleven, then the standard hd may be the better width for you.




there is a major break-in on the proto. I would imagine pushing around maritime snow will break it in faster.

I like how it flexes before and after tbh.

I think the only deck missing from the NS quiver is a big mountain twin pow slayer, which the proto is, but just a bit more beef, you can jib the shit out of a broken in proto, i'm talking about something you would not want for jibbing.
I dig the flex before and after as well. The after break in flex is just a tad softer than I thought it would be is all. If it didn't break in at all, then you would have that big mountain twin you're looking for. :)




Another 'review' brought, oops, bought to you by one of the Never Summer Design Team shills...

Tbh I read it this way too.
Way to keep up the unnecessary drama. Had the board sucked, the review would reflect that. Simple fact is that it didn't. Hate all you want, it's a free world, but the Proto is a good board, and nothing you say will change that.




Good to see you are happy on the 160. That's what I went for and I have 10 lbs on you.
Right on man. I think you'll be surprised at how much it doesn't feel like a big board. :)

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It's got nothing to do with hate and I've never gotten involved in the NS situtaion before and won't now.

My prespective is based solely on this: your review comes accross making this board sound like it's been forged by the gods and not only contains magical properties, but it also gives the rider magic properties while using it. Who knows maybe it was and it does, but if this was any other board/brand most members would be calling you out for puffery, or trying to justify your purchase. This review just has a different feel from you previous shared gear reviews/experiences.
 

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Having not of ridden the Proto I have no idea how I'd feel about it. We don't need to douche up the thread just because of a perceived real or not relationship bias. This is a review, not a "what board should I get thread".

If you don't like the board, post up why. No experience on it? Move along...
 

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Yes the board was provided to me, though after all the initial douchebaggery about it I just figured everyone knew. It's not like it's some kind of secret or something. Bseracka, you're in my neck of the woods, so if you ever want to ride this board and see what all the fuss is about, shoot me a PM and we can make that happen. I don't mind sharing. :) I've added a picture of it with the 390 Boss mounted as well.
 

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Yes the board was provided to me, though after all the initial douchebaggery about it I just figured everyone knew. It's not like it's some kind of secret or something. Bseracka, you're in my neck of the woods, so if you ever want to ride this board and see what all the fuss is about, shoot me a PM and we can make that happen. I don't mind sharing. :) I've added a picture of it with the 390 Boss mounted as well.
The NS hype here is insane and getting a bit tired. If a board was given to you that should be stated in the review. Changes my opinion of the "review" altogether particularly with the last NS debacle.
 

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The NS hype here is insane and getting a bit tired. If a board was given to you that should be stated in the review. Changes my opinion of the "review" altogether particularly with the last NS debacle.
Again, wasn't trying to hide anything. Since I was a part of the whole NS thing I didn't see the priority in mentioning it all again. Ride one, or don't. Either way, I'll still be out having a blast on my Proto. :)
 

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Note that I did not say this. Are there a lot of pro-NS comments on this forum? For sure. Are they all hype/not based on honest experience? Far from it.
NS does make quality, if slightly expensive boards, that are perfectly suitable for many applications and riders. In fact, I have ridden lots of NS boards, some of our shops sell them, and I have recommended NS decks on a number of occasions on this forum.
One of the boards I have ridden for the past two seasons was a NS (Premier) and have recommend the board in the past to people as well. Saying there are a lot of NS comments on this forum is quite the understatement. Seems a Proto is given to every member when they sign up. edit, see here: http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boards/98601-anyone-get-new-board.html

I don't doubt that NWBoarder's experience was positive but it strikes me as over the top. The fact he was given the board mars the review in my opinion.
 

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One of the boards I have ridden for the past two seasons was a NS (Premier) and have recommend the board in the past to people as well. Saying there are a lot of NS comments on this forum is quite the understatement. Seems a Proto is given to every member when they sign up. edit, see here: http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boards/98601-anyone-get-new-board.html

I don't doubt that NWBoarder's experience was positive but it strikes me as over the top. The fact he was given the board mars the review in my opinion.
As opposed to buying a board?

Not to say that there can't be a bias, but how many people say that the board they have is the best thing ever even if they have only owned one or two boards in their career? In some ways buying a board gives you more incentive to like it.

Overall people do seem to like the Proto HDX. NWBoarder has been a participating member of this forum for awhile now. Sure you can take any review with a grain salt regardless of who it comes from. Much better than coming from someone with two posts.

Again, I haven't ridden it so no comment regarding the model either way from me.
 

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Absolutely not.
Specifically, I am not implying anything about whether his write-up should be taken seriously by anybody. That is entirely up to the individual reader - who should have full transparency on whether the author was compensated by the manufacturer.
That is why every respectable consumer review, gear test, etc. makes it absolutely clear whether the reviewed item was purchased, lent by the manufacturer for the purpose of the review, or provided by the manufacturer and for the 'reviewer' to keep.
Whether the fact that he received a free board affected how NWboarder felt about the deck is impossible to say. But that is not the question - the issue is transparency and disclosure.

And to be very clear: In no way did I imply, let alone state, that he deliberately lied about his experience - and I take exception to your suggestion that I did.
I do see hktdr's point. The FCC came out with rules that if you blog a review, you need to disclose if you got it for free etc. Don't think that applies here but it's good practice.

Me, I don't give a shit if you got it for free. Hell I think a lot of times those who buy stuff color their reviews even more, to justify the purchase itself (a very common buyer pysche).

As long as the board was not given with a quid pro quo (I'll give you this board if you write a good review) it's all good to me. Surprisingly there is a dearth of good reviews out there on snowboards. The more the merrier. They're all data points so just take them all in sum.

I'm just looking for the Poppiest yet playful all-mtn board out there. The Proto is a contender (Happy Hour and Time Machine two others)
 
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