Atom IQ 120 Carbon, PlancheMag (France), Feb 2014 [EN-FR]

The Atom IQs are Starboard’s next generation of super thin freemove boards. As freemove boards, they are designed to be exciting and fast in the straight line yet highly maneuverable and aggressive with a widest wind-range and control. For 2014, the Atom IQ comes in three sizes: 100, 110 and 120 liters and in only one construction: Carbon.


The following test was featured in the 2014 Special Test edition of Planche Mag where the Atom IQ was tested against 5 other freemoves boards between 118 and 130 liters. These boards were tested in winds between 11 and 25 knots, with both freeride and twin-cam sails.





Starboard Atom IQ 120 Carbon: "Stable, accessible for an effortless performance"




Length: 235 cm
Width: 80.5 cm
Weight / Naked Weight: 7.60 kg
Volume: 120 liters
Fin: Drake Freeride Glide 40 (Power Box)
Sail range: 5.5m² - 8.5m²
Available sizes: 100, 110 and 120 liters.
Available constructions: Carbon

Design:

When the first Atom came out almost ten years ago, it was probably too far ahead of its time with its thin profile and large width. In 2014, Starboard brings the Atom IQ back to the market with the thinnest and widest outline of the group.

La première Atom sortie il y a dix ans était probablement trop en avance sur son temps avec sa très faible épaisseur et sa forte largeur. Starboard revient à l'attaque en 2014 avec le flotteur le plus fin et l'un des plus larges du groupe.

On the Water:

Really stable, the Atom IQ is ultra-slim and light under the feet. It's extremely easy and quick to get planing. We were surprised by its glide and accessibility, especially for a board that sits that low on the water.

Véritable plate-forme, l'Atom IQ est ultra-fine et légère au pieds, très facile à faire décoller au planing. On est très surpris par sa sensation de glisse et son accessibilité pour une planche aussi basse sur l'eau.

It is one of the most efficient board to go fast in a widest range of conditions. We found that the rider should not try to push on the fin to get lift but instead, let the board work its magic. It will then feel like an hovercraft constantly skimming over the water, with one of the most discreet fins in the test group.

C'est l'une des plus efficaces pour aller vite dans un maximum de conditions. Il ne faut pas chercher à appuyer pour la faire lifter, mais rester passif et la laisser faire. On se retrouve alors aux commandes d'un aéroglisseur qui effleure en permanence le plan d'eau, avec l'aileron le plus discret du groupe.




Without effort, the Atom IQ goes upwind quite well, with a comfortable body position and just what's needed in terms of thickness under the heels to push on the fin and go through lulls without decelerating.

On ne force pas et elle remonte assez bien au près, avec une position de corps relativement confortable et juste ce qu'il faut d'épaisseur sous les talons pour prendre appui au près et passer sans décélérer les trous d'air.

Verdict:

Efficient in light to medium winds, the Atom IQ provides a little bit less freedom and maneuverability but a lot of glide while being forgiving to mistakes in foot pressure.

Performante dans les vents légers et médiums, l'Atom délivre moins de sensation de liberté mais beaucoup de glisse, tout en restant tolérante aux fautes d'appui.





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