iSonic 97 Carbon, PlancheMag (France), May 2013 [EN-FR]



This test, amongst many others, in featured in the May edition of PlancheMag. Both French and English versions are available.




Starboard iSonic 97 Carbon: "Generates the most power and support"



Length: 235 cm
Width: 63.6 cm
Weight with 4 footstraps: 6.5 kg
Volume: 97 liters
Sail range: 6.3m² - 7.8m²
Available sizes: 80, 87, 90, 97, 107, 110, 117, 127 and 137


On the Water:

The iSonic 97 is extremely quick to plane, with immediate fin support for accelerations, which is an advantage when exiting the jibe and looking for a fresh breeze to get out ahead.

"Elle décolle extrêmement bien au planing, avec tout de suite de l'appui pour cranter, ce qui constitue un avantage pour se dégager au vent en sortie de jibe pour toucher du vent frais."

It feels like it's on the rail, with an huge range in both light and strong winds.

"Elle donne l'impression d'être sur un rail, avec une grosse plage d'utilisation, que ce soit dans les vents légers ou forts."

The iSonic has great stability and maintains it all along, with excellent control. It doesn't nose up and it's the quickest to go flat after a wave or a chop, which allows the rider to continuously push himself and go faster.

"Elle possède une assiette et la garde, avec un excellent contrôle, car c'est la planche qui cabre le moins et qui recolle le plus vite au plan d'eau après une vague prise de face. On ose ainsi se livrer à fond!"


Verdict:

Offering one of the largest wind and user range, the iSonic 97 never flinches on the water and allows to keep boosting all the time.

"Dotée de l'une des plus grosses plages d'utilisation, cette iSonic 97 ne bronche pas sur l'eau et permet de rester le pied au plancher en permanence."

Lightest of the group, the iSonic is the most complete board in terms of performances with exceptionnal control in strong winds and loads of lateral stability.


Quickness to Plane: 9.5 / 10

Control when Overpowered: 10 / 10

Upwind Reach: 10 / 10

Crosswind Performances: 10 / 10

Downwind Performances: 9.5 / 10

Performances in Choppy Waters: 9.5 / 10

Stability: 10 / 10

Jibe: 10 / 10




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