Hello and welcome to my Never Summer Proto Type Two review.
In this review I will take a look at the Proto Type Two as an all-mountain-freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Proto Type Two a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain-freestyle snowboards.
NOTE: The 2020 model was the last model of the Proto Type Two. It has been replaced by the Proto Synthesis
Board: Never Summer Proto Type Two 2020
Price: $589 (USD recommended retail)
Flex: Medium (5/10)
Rating Score: 87.6/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 23 men’s all-mountain-freestyle snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Proto Type Two's Specs
Check out the tables for the Proto Type Two's specs and available sizes.
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Proto Type Two Most Suited To?
The Proto Type Two is perfect for anyone who wants to be able to ride freestyle, whether that be in the park or over the whole mountain, but who also wants a board that can carve well.
If you love jumps, spins, hitting natural features, playing with ground tricks and riding switch, but like to carve hard in between, then the Proto Type Two is one of the best boards out there to do it.
It’s not amazing in powder – as you’d expect from a freestyle oriented, true twin, centered board but otherwise you can do everything and do it well.
Not a board I would recommend for an absolute beginner but definitely ok for anyone from intermediate and up.
The Proto Type Two in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Proto Type Two is capable of.
Board: Never Summer Proto Type Two 2019, 157cm (252mm waist width)
Date: March 3, 2018
Conditions: The snow had a great medium feel to it. Relatively firm but certainly not hard and not overly soft. Off groomer was nice too and there were a few pockets of untracked powder from snow from a couple of days previous. Sunny and perfect visibility. Temperature was -7 with wind.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Width at Inserts: 260mm (10.2“)
The biggest weakness of this board is its ability in powder. But that’s not what it’s made for. If you don’t need a board that will go in powder – or if you only go in there occasionally – or if you have another board for that, then the Proto Type Two will do everything else.
And it’s not like you can’t take it in there. Just not going to be as good as some others in there – it has a true twin shape and a centered stance which doesn’t make it ideal. It does have some rocker in the profile so it will have some float, but the tip and tail are pretty short and it’s not overly wide.
Carving and Turn
This board is awesome for carving. For a board that is so good for freestyle riding, this is one of, if not the, best at carving.
It’s also really quick from edge to edge for when you need to be doing tight turns.
Again for a freestyle oriented board, the speed on the Proto Type Two is more than you’d expect. It’s really very stable when you get up to good speeds, especially given the type of board.
It’s also got good glide for those flat spots.
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I found the Proto Type Two to be very good over bumpy terrain. I found I could really hug the bumps and that quickness from edge-to-edge really helped to.
The PT2 is awesome over jumps. It’s got pretty good pop for ollies, has great maneuverability for the approach to jumps and really stable on landings.
From anything from the smallest hop to large jumps, this board can handle it well.
It feels the same in both directions. It has a true twin shape and a centered stance and has that asymmetrical side cut (deeper side cut on the heel side) which also really helps to make this board feel natural when riding in your other direction.
This board was really fun and easy to ride switch.
Not a jibbing specialist but if you like to hit the jib line every now and then, it will do a good job.
It is great for the approach to jibs and this board spins well – just not as good as some more jib specialized boards when it comes to riding jib features.
Though I didn’t take it into a pipe it would be an awesome board for the pipe, IMO.
It’s got good edge hold in hard snow, it’s centered and true twin and it’s got enough stiffness and speed to be able to charge between the walls. The camber sections in the profile would also help to drive the board up the walls.
Changes from the 2019 Model
As far as I can tell the 2020 model is exactly the same as the 2019 model, except for the graphic.
Changes from the 2018 Model
From what I can tell the 2019 model is identical to the 2018 model apart from the graphic. This board is essentially the same as it was when it made it’s debut in 2017 as an evolution of the old Proto HD.
There is no 153X for the 2019 model, which there was for the 2018 model.
Changes from the 2017 Model
The 2018 model is essentially the same as the 2017 model, except for the graphic.
Changes from the 2016 Model
This board was new for 2017 so there were no changes to speak of between 2017 and 2016 models. It is the evolution of the Proto HD but it is a quite different (and improved, in my opinion) from that board.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Proto Type Two is a versatile board that can rip freestyle over the whole mountain - and can lay down a nice carve, when you're not finding side hits or doing park laps.
You can ride this board fast or slow and it will respond to what you're trying to do.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
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