The Never Summer Women’s Proto Type Two is a great asymmetrical mountain twin for those that like to take on the mountain switch as much as they do regular. It’s great to see this made in women’s shapes because the men at The Good Ride love this board.
Size: 142 and 139
Boots: Salomon Kiana
Bindings: Union Trilogy
Set Up: 21
Approximate Weight: Felt Normal
On Snow Feel: The Never Summer Women’s Type Two has improved stability between the feet thanks to the extra camber with this ripsaw profile. It’s still not quite perfect but it’s pretty close to the stability you get from hybrid camber boards and the same catch free nature. It only gets a little loose between the feet in harder conditions when one footing and flat basing. Steph has never been into hybrid rocker boards but this is one of the first ones she liked.
Edge Hold: Really strong edge hold that works up to hard snow. It’s not an ice specialist and you have to be a little tentative committing your edge on harder snow but you can keep your edge if you dial back your turns.
Flex: Very medium flex throughout the board that is not super easy to butter but not hard either. Most will like this flex and the tip/tail have a nice snappy return.
Turn Initiation: Very quick and easy edge to edge. You can make all kinds of turns with this and have a pretty good time. The asymmetrical side cuts on the board make turning feel easier. However there is one important thing to know with Asymmetrical boards like the Never Summer Women’s Proto Type Two is the board works best with a centered duck stance.
Skidded Turns: Even with the extra camber we didn’t feel any extra issues with skidding turns compared to Rocker and Camber boards so it’s pretty easy.
Carving: Here is where the extra camber really shines and it carves better than almost any hybrid rocker board we tried. It’s more for riding fakie as much as regular.
Powder: Even though the Women’s Proto Type Two didn’t get any powder we got some time in powder with the Men’s version. For a Twin this has good float but it can’t really compete with boards that have a set back like the Never Summer Aura when it comes to directional float. So if you plan to ride
Speed: It’s base has a good glide to it, the board is damper than you would think for it’s flex and the tip/tail don’t bounce around too much. It’s a little loose between the feet in harder conditions but it’s gotten better.
Uneven Terrain: What makes it so damp also makes it so shock absorbent and tolerable in uneven snow. It does a very good job.
Switch: If your stance is centered and ducked out then this is about as good as you can get riding switch. This asymmetrical twin works perfectly for how you stand on a board so it makes switch riding easier.
Jibbing: Not a bad jibber but if you want better then it’s probably best to go with the Onyx or wait until NS makes a women’s version of the Funslinger which I hope they do.
Pipe: Great pipe board and one of the better choices for those really looking to push it in the pipe.
Jumps: Even though it has a rubbery type of damp feel there is still ample pop. It really springs in an ollie and we all liked how it pops off the tip/tail. Also hitting kickers is very good. It’s made to hit kickers of all sizes without much compromise.
So all in all this is one of the better all mountain freestyle boards out there. It even got Steph to start liking hybrid rocker profiles which I thought would be impossible to do.