The Never Summer Proto Type Two takes our Editor's Choice award in a ninja-like fashion - with a hidden secret weapon. The heel side edge on this board has smaller radii sidecuts than the toe edge. What does this mean? It means that the notoriously fussy heel side turns easier. It rode a lot like many of the other boards, but you could hammer it to the max on your heels, getting lower and carving more efficiently, and transferring back to your toes without a hiccup. It was clearly unlike any other board we tested. It has a hybrid-rocker base profile, and tighter sidecut[s] made it playful on groomers and very floaty and responsive in powder. Though softer boards normally lack pop, this one was comparable to the others. Considering how fun and functional it was to ride, along with its moderate price tag — we're sold.
For the new season, the Proto Type Two gets a makeover (pictured above). Scroll down to compare the last two seasons side-by-side.