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Never Summer Proto Type 2 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

The Details:

As the name suggests, the Never Summer Proto Type Two is the natural successor to the Proto HD, one of the Colorado-based brand’s most famous models. That one was designed to be their ‘Swiss Army Knife’, ready for action in all conditions – will the new version measure up?

The big difference that the Never Summer Proto Type Two displays is its asymmetric shape. The sidecut on the heel side is tighter than of the toe side, designed to better match the different forces at play in the two turns. Each edge also features a blend of sidecut radii, so grip is enhanced with the use of multiple contact points.

The Proto Type Two now boasts the enhanced flavour of NS’ rocker/camber combo, with pronounced camber sections under the feet that grip the hard pack even more than ever. On piste, and on freshly groomed features in the park, expect precision edge hold at all times.

They’re not known for low prices, so you have to pay a premium for Never Summer boards like this. However, when you factor in the peak-to-park versatility, as well as the Three Year Warranty, it could be a wise investment. Female riders should keep an eye out for the women’s version, also new for this year.

Tester’s Verdict

Adam Hoskins – Bliss Snowboards

“So one of my favourite snowboards, the Never Summer Proto HD, is no more… In its place is the Proto Type 2. When you’re into something so much, its worrying that any changes will have you pining for the older version – like when your favourite band releases a new album, with a ‘new sound’.

Luckily the new Type 2 takes the Proto to a new audience, without losing any old fans. The slightly stiffer flex puts to bed any niggles larger riders had with the Proto HD , and the asymmetric side cut, while hardly noticeable, may well have helped my grabbed heel-edge carves.

It still has that Never Summer dampening which feels super stable at speed without feeling dead at slow speeds. It’s the most versatile, truly all-mountain snowboard that I’ve ridden. Well worth the premium price tag.”

“It’s the most versatile, truly all-mountain snowboard that I’ve ridden.”

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