Setup: H2 170, 83 katana, 13’’ tails, medium fuse
Tester: 75kg, advanced winger/prone, goals in all styles are surfing waves smoothly with great feeling carves
Testing Conditions: Multiple wing sessions in a variety of conditions including perfect waist high, multiple prone sessions in a variety of conditions including perfect chest high, 1 tow session in perfect chest high long period waves. Overall our conditions are not the foil-perfect waist high slow-motion waves of Jacksonville Florida, we have faster waves and a lot more wind.
Package/construction: someone should do a box opening video, the packaging is incredible with meticulous attention to detail with every component. Carbon everything, titanium bolts, covers and packages galore. wing and mast covers were useful on the jetski. Beautiful. Very sharp trailing edges.
Speed: Great, keeps up with long period swells and can pump to overtake. Really fast wing. Haven’t really found the top end as it stays so smooth throughout the range and I haven’t gone over chest high waves.
Stall/Glide: Stall speed is relatively high, glide is very good. No problem winging tacks/jibes etc, a bit technical prone pump (have to stay high and tap). Still able to do 4+ connections prone yesterday but it’s not a beginner/glider wing for sure. Good news is it’s so fast you get back out quickly like other small high aspect wings. I think the key is correct wing size purchase (size up). Katana mast is tapered and you can really feel the drag once you start grave-digging, have to keep it high.
Turning: Great turning, can crank tic-tacs with the ankles or do full blown snowboard carves. The key feature is (once you get the tail tuned) the foot pressure stays perfectly even through the turn making it immeasurably easier to foil surf. Stays even during carves, speed changes, and drop-ins, this drastically improves your wave-riding immediately. No more obsessing overs touchdowns and breaches, it just stays level and lets you surf. I can’t describe how refreshing it feels to be done with the old bucking bronco spending all your energy safety surfing.
Feel: It fulfills my personal foil goals of smooth fast buttery easy beautiful carves. I used to do a lot of snowboarding in deep powder and this wing brings back those feelings. In fact this Saturday I will be riding this foil in the morning then getting on a jet and riding powder in park city in the afternoon so I can compare directly LOL
Mast: Beautiful, sharp trailing edge, extremely stiff (no perceptible flex).
Tails: Got the 13’ G10 pack, seems good size but haven’t tried the 14’ maybe they improve the low end Gone through them all with different shimming and so far have settled on the shunt with 0* and the mast quite far forward.
Comparisons: This wing is an improvement on prior top third gen foils (takuma, lift, etc). It’s not a new generation or completely new style of foil (which the progression claims to be).
What Uni should you buy:
Several team riders told me they prefer this wing to progression because of the higher overall speeds. Others swear by the progression for it’s lower stall speed and better pump. My plans were to get the H170 then a prog140 but I’m going to wait and get a prog125 when those come out because this setup is satisfying my range for the time being. The 170 rides like a 120 so size accordingly. Unless downwinding (which I don’t do) I would not go any bigger for 75kg. And I honestly wouldn’t go any smaller.
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