Snowboard Review: 11-12 Never Summer Proto CT
09 Feb, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Never Summer Proto CT with Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: The middle of the road between the SL and the Evo
Flex: The Proto CT is definitely a mix between the SL and Evo. The flex is torsinally softer so you can on edge quicker but also stiffer underfoot and stiffer in the nose/tail even though you can still press it up. A step up from the evo on flex, so slightly stiffer but not dramatically different. I’m riding a 53 SL at the same time and it does ride different than the SL so right between SL and evo. The Never Summer Proto CT is RC Technology which is a mix of rocker and camber, rocker between the feet and camber just outside both of the bindings.
Turning: Quick response and snap in this board, the torsional flex is softer so even as you are standing on the board you can twist it easily. I really liked the shorter quicker turns on the proto ct, the longer turns weren’t as strong as the short ones. The vario grip holds a good edge on the hardpacked icy spots (even in the pipe) and the RC gives you forgiveness when you could have caught an edge.
Stable: I’m riding a smaller size that I’d normally just ride for park so when the runs are groomed, it’s perfection but definitely for riding fast, you don’t feel as stable. With the evo dampening on the proto ct you definitely don’t have as much absorbing when you get to higher speeds, it’s noticeably along the same lines as the evo I was riding so you can feel bounced around. Holds an edge on the icy hardpacked days and in the pipe, light swingweight so it’s playful.
Pop: Right away I felt comfortable with the pop on this board and found the sweet spot so I started hitting the jump line. Good pop and fun to jump, makes landings a bit more cushioning so you absorb them better. I played with the board on the AcroBag jumps but also on smaller fun jumps. On boxes it’s not catchy and comfortable to ride. In the pipe it holds an edge fine but you definitely notice the softer flex.
Switch: The proto CT is a true twin and rode like a true twin when I switched around to switch riding. It wasn’t catchy and didn’t have any flex difference.
Overall Impression: Definitely an all mountain true twin that delivers up the best of the evo and SL into one board. For the mix of riding jumps to freeriding, this board has good pop and still playful but can get serious when you want it to. It’s not a very damp board so don’t expect it to be absorb chop/bumps as well as the SL does but for cruising park and groomers, it gives you an all mountain ride.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I was definitely wondering how I’d react to this board since I enjoy riding the evo and prefer the evo over the SL. The proto CT is definitely a board I’d ride all the time because it’s fun but you can still freeride with. It is funny that everyone thinks it’s a chick board though because of the graphics.
On Snow Photo
Never Summer Proto CT description
Review Disclosure: I received this board from Never Summer and gave it to P3 board shop in Mammoth Lakes for their demo fleet.