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22nd May 2007, 05:09 PM
I am about to buy an SType 104 2007 technora constraction , which are the different in durability with the wood constraction????



22nd May 2007, 08:02 PM
I'ld like to see a good exchange of honest messages here regarding durability. I will start it by stating that I'm finding the least durable board skin would be the Naish Icon. They cut 5 lbs off of the weight for a similar Bic Techno II and most of it came out of the skin from what I have experienced. Rossignol makes great skiis, but they don't last more than a full season. They're light and quick, the way I like them. However, it was years before I actually could afford to buy a pair because I knew sticker price wasn't the full cost.

22nd May 2007, 10:18 PM
Wood gives a slightly nicer ride and feels just a wee bit lighter.

While wood is "strong" and will withstand flys hitting it (anywhere at almost any speed), technora will give you a reasuring feeling on your way down from a nice jump (kinda nice to still have a board to surf back home on...).

So the question is:
are you agressive and/or still learning any move or learning to cope with any radical conditions?
YES -> technora
NO -> wood

23rd May 2007, 01:50 AM
I have a wood F-Type 148 and a DRAM (not technora but similar) iSonic 105. I am on my 2nd year with both boards. Neither have any major damage.

I've tested a wood iSonic 101 and found it to be significantly more responsive in chop than my DRAM iS105. I liked the feeling, so for a performance view, I think the wood is better. If you are a weekend warrior, you shouldn't care that much about this though, in my opinion.

From a durability standpoint, I haven't caused any major damage in my F-Type yet. I have a few minor dings, but I repaired them with GOOP (clear, rubbery material) for the surface. The bottom dings have been repaired with Ding Stick. And, yes, you can dent the top of the board quite easily if you aren't careful.

From a weight standpoint, I think wood is the way to go. For the bigger boards, I think this is more important solely because, to me, a bigger board serves one purpose ... to get me on a plane as early as possible. People tell me I have an uncanny ability to get my F-Type onto a plane before anyone else even thinks about planing. I'm 145 pounds, which helps. I use a 70cm R14S and a 9.8m2 sail. Sailing buddies that watch me pump onto a plane tell me that I'm planing in 7.5-8 knots (9-10 mph). I have no internal method for measuring windspeed, so I take their word for it.

This is a long answer, sorry. If you want to plane as early as possible, go for the weight savings and risk having a less durable board. If not, pay attention to the prior post.