The Never Summer Proto Type Two is the continuation of the Proto with more camber and an Asymmetrical side cut. So with the current line the Proto Type II is a step up in flex to the Funslinger for those that want a more mountain friendly twin. My first thought after a day of riding is I have to remove the Favorite label from the Proto and move it to the Proto Type II as the extra camber and asymmetry really rounds out the overall ride. Nothing has changed from the 2016-2017 season. I’ve elaborated on the review though.
Conditions: Mostly good snow, some medium snow with harder patches and 1′ in pow in some places but more like 6″ in other places.
Riders: James and Jack
Boots: Burton SLX, Ride RFL
Bindings: Union Atlas, Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis,
Set Up: Centered 15 front -15 back 23″ wide
Approximate Weight: Doesn’t feel heavy or light. Just normal.
On Snow Feel: There is a definite bump in terms of stability compared to the Proto and it’s much closer to most hybrid camber boards when one footing or flat basing. It can still be a little loose in harder snow like we encountered getting off the chair but it’s much better with the Ripsaw Camber Profile. It’s the kind of board that wants you to treat the whole mountain like a park and ride switch a lot. Also being an Asymmetrical board it prefers riders with a centered duck stance so don’t get it if you like to set it back and ride 18 front 0 back. It really likes stance symmetry for the asymmetry to work.
Flex: Great flex that doesn’t bend in the middle like the Funslinger does but also butters easier and has a more playful feel than the Ripsaw. The extra camber in the tip and tail snap out of a butter or press really well too.
Turn Initiation: Really quick and borderline snappy edge to edge and it’s a board that’s fun to make quick turns with. It’s still fun making slower and wider turns.
Skidded Turns: Even with the extra camber the Type Two can still easily skid a turn and it’s not in any way unforgiving.
Carving: What an improvement. Soo much more fun to carve than the proto and you can really feel the Never Summer Type Two hold and power out of the turn way better than the Old Proto. If you like to carve switch and regular then this is a great choice.
Powder: Not ideal for directional powder riding and not really a board you can set back much or at all. Also because of the Asymmetrical side cuts it’s best to keep it centered and duck at all times in order for it to turn better. I’d much rather be on the West for setting it back and getting more directional float. It’s a better board for that. This is the biggest differentiation between the West and the Proto Type II. So if you are going to set your stance back in powder the West is definitely the call. If you ride switch a lot in powder and don’t set your board back then you will enjoy the Proto Type II as it floats pretty well when the stance is centered.
Speed: Same dampness as the Proto but with more stability so it works really well riding the mountain. It’s a nice in between board from the Funslinger and the Ripsaw for speed and it’s much better on the mountain than the Funslinger.
Uneven Terrain: Never Summers boards handle uneven terrain just right. They really know how to make a board work well in bumpy crappy all day resort riding snow.
Edge Hold: Same great grip as the old Proto did that can handle all the conditions you want to ride in. It’s not great in ice but who wants to ride in ice anyways.
Switch: Going to an Asymmetrical Twin means it’s actually more symmetrical for how you ride the board so it’s even better riding switch than the Proto.
Jibbing: Not a strong jibber but very doable. I’d rather be on the Funslinger and love how the middle bends around the feature. The Proto Type II wasn’t perfect but it’s ok if you aren’t getting too technical there.
Pipe: I would love to lap the pipe with this board and that extra camber and more stability will make it a little better than the Proto going from wall to wall. After a few runs I knew I was at home in the 16-18 foot pipe just like I was with the Old Proto only that extra camber helps it drive better from wall to wall. The only thing I could ask for is a little extra grip for that mid winter solid ice pipe but other than that it’s practically perfect for riders of all levels.
Jumps: Nice pop and love the extra camber. Never summer boards can feel rubbery damp and like they won’t pop until you actually Ollie. Then you realize it’s got lot’s of pop. It’s the kind of board that can handle most kickers the average jump enthusiast will hit from small to pretty big.
All in all the Ripsaw Camber profile and the Asymmetrical side cut make for a much better all around ride than the Proto. I’m glad the Never Summer Type Two came out this year because this would of been the last year that the Proto would of been a favorite.