Board: 2017 Never Summer Proto Type 2
Type: All-Mountain/Freestyle – Asymmetrical True Twin
Camber Option: Hybrid Rocker Camber – Rocker between feet, camber underfoot – Rocker dominant profile (Never Summer “RipSaw” profile)
Rider Weight/Height: 150LBS/5ft 10in
Resort: Keystone Resort, Colorado
Conditions: Groomed granular snow that’s icy in spots turning to slush throughout the day
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Highlights: The Never Summer Proto Type 2 is a versatile snowboard that’s equally fun carving groomers and exploring as it is taking sunny park laps. Featuring a rocker dominant profile, a medium flex for stability, vario power grip for edge hold, and a sintered base for speed, this board is very similar to the Funslinger but beefed up in a few key ways. I also like the matte topsheet, which provides good grip when skating without a stomp pad. The biggest highlights for me on this snowboard are how stable it is at high speeds and how much fun it is for carving.
Carving & Edge Hold: One way the Proto Type 2 is different from the Funslinger is the side cut, it has a more aggressive side cut that makes it even more fun for carving. When you activate a carve this board naturally wants to turn more sharply than its freestyle cousin, and is also complemented with an asymmetrical heelside. The deeper, asymmetrical heelside sidecut creates more leverage in heelside carves helping to carve more aggressively with less effort. I also found this snowboard to have really strong edge hold and grip well on more firm and icy terrain.
Flex: Never Summer rates this board as a mid flex and I would say that is a pretty accurate rating; I would rate this snowboard around a 5/10 flex if I had to put a number on it.
Stability: The medium flex also provides noticeably more stability than the Funslinger; the Proto Type 2 is stable in the tips with minimal chatter at high speeds. You will have an in control feeling at speed that can handle carving without feeling like slipping or washing out. This is a great board for bombing groomers and other scenarios where stability is critical.
Butters: You can have a lot of fun with butter tricks on this snowboard. The rocker shape allows you to get into presses easily and helps to provide a forgiving catch free feel while swiveling on the snow. The medium flex can require a little more effort for tall presses, but will provide extra pop on the way out compared to softer boards.
Jibbing: I really enjoyed hitting rail features on the Proto Type 2. Never Summer’s RipSaw profile creates a slick and catch free feel when sliding sideways, and sets you up nicely for pressing as well. I also found locking into rail features 50-50 and spinning out of features to have an easy going and natural feeling. This board is fun on rail features but I wouldn’t call it a jib specialist.
Jumps: The mid flex and camber underfoot provide enough stability to hit some pretty big jumps, I would feel confident hitting large jumps outside of my comfort zone on this snowboard. It’s not the most poppy board around, but you can definitely have some fun and work on progressing your jump game with this snowboard.
Pop/Snap: I would say this snowboard has pretty average pop; it’s there but not going to blow your mind. The way the board loads tension before popping is interesting, too. The rocker dominant profile forces you to rock onto the tip before any tension starts loading up which makes ollies require a little more effort. I didn’t notice this as much on the Funslinger, I think the medium flex allows you to feel the profile a little more in this situation.
Recommendations: This is a great do-it-all style snowboard that is going to perform wherever you take it. Whether you are focused more on freeriding and carving, freestyle and park, or a little bit of both, the Proto Type 2 is a solid choice. I would recommend this snowboard to intermediate riders and up due to the stiffer flex; if you’re feeling comfortable cruising on blues you are plenty capable of having fun on this snowboard.
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