View Full Version : SELECT fins Elite S05 vs. S07 model

17th July 2007, 04:25 PM

I've extensively tried a SELECT Elite S05 39 cm slalom fin with a S-Type 126 + 7.3 race sail.

If I'm really satisfied with fin top speed and up-wind angle (very impressed by S-Type 126 performances: it's a LIGHTNING !!! ), at full high speed I noticed board tendency to lose control on longitudinal axis with occasional spin-outs.

Thinking it could depends on fin I would like to change S05 with a newer S07 model...

What do you think about ? Did someone try both fins ?

I have noticed, from a simple fins comparison in image below, a different width in upper section... someone might be so kind to confirm ?



17th July 2007, 08:44 PM
only tried the RS07 51, very nice, stable, fast but it is an absolute give away when passing people. It "whistles" or better sounds like a jet fighter.

mark h
18th July 2007, 03:28 AM
Hi Expander
You will notice that the 2006 Select Viper was a totally different shape to both the RS05 & RS07.

The story/rumour is that guy's in Holland using the RS05 for speed & slalom re-shaped them as they where not keen on the 2006 Vipers. The re-shaping worked really well and Select based the RS07 on them, hence the similair shape (kinda).

I'v got a few RS05 from 25cm to 35cm, if I'm having trouble trimming a board, I always go back to the RS05, seems to cover my mistakes!!!

You can loose the whistling noise by sanding the trailing edge with fine wet & dry, not to sharp though. Its supposed to make them slightly faster but I cant tell much (if any) difference but the whistling has gone.

So the RS07 is more off an evolution of the RS05 (not the 2006 viper). If you like the RS05 you will be pleased with the RS07. I'm get a couple next week, 27cm & 39cm to fill a few gaps in.


18th July 2007, 04:12 AM
I have the 37cm SL7 (identical to the S07 medium) I find this fin is designed to be sailed fast across the wind. It spins out easy with back foot pressure if I drive board upwind and it whistles which is very anoying. Why do they make a fin that whistles, and if its easy to fix why dont they fix it.

From my experience I would not recommend this fin, I would spend a bit more and get a techtonics goldwing.

18th July 2007, 05:25 PM

Hi All,

Mark h and first Guest: but has Select RS model to be used in Formula 42 ??? Please, check Select web site for RS fins:


...RS models start from 41 cm in lenght while, in this thread, we are speaking about more Slalom oriented fins (not longer of 40 cm)...

So I think old S05 (or newer S07) models should be compared with SL7 series fins and NOT with RS model... am I wrong ??

Second Guest: SL7 seems to be a cheaper version of S07; didn't you ever test S07 instead ???

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18th July 2007, 08:31 PM
I wonder what the prices are. Last year, asking for Select prices was what made me decide to check for Deboichet.

mark h
18th July 2007, 08:50 PM
Soz Expander, my mistake. I meant to say SO7 and SO5 (not RS07/RS05).


18th July 2007, 11:15 PM
geo wrote:
I wonder what the prices are. Last year, asking for Select prices was what made me decide to check for Deboichet.

You're not the only one. I enquired about a 27cm speed fin from select and it worked out at £170. So I bought a different brand instead.

I like the quality of select fins but the heads are quite badly finished off IMO.

mark h
19th July 2007, 04:16 AM
£170 is a bit steep for the SL7 compaired £75 for the S07. I'm going to hang on till Boogies new C3-Prolimits are out. These might be real soecial.

19th July 2007, 01:04 PM
Are you sure about your prices for the SL7 and S07?

I bought a few S07's which are the custom version of the SL's and even with postage were no where near 170

Great fins by the way ---------
and anyone who spins out on one cant sail properly!

19th July 2007, 01:27 PM
The SL7 is £79.99 and the SO7 is £170

I suppose you are paying for a custom fin but my tectonics cost no where near that.

19th July 2007, 03:02 PM

A SO7 at £170 (at current exchange rate = Eur 260): really expensive... but in France, on Fun-Diffusion.com, they sell it at Eur 165.

Anyway, for G.e.o., Deboichet makes great fins (I used R13, R16 and R19 in Formula context and I was always satisfied) but, folks!, what hard work to get any fin... months of waiting, high prices, low strenght of prices when one resells a fin (above all with latest model due specificity of fins with given boards)...

But, really above all, I think Deboichet's greatest problem is deficiency of a serious and reliable sales network and TOTAL lack of products distribution... for this reason I'd like, at least for Slalom using, to buy a Select.

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19th July 2007, 03:36 PM
You said it all.
165 € for a Select that could be quite good.
I paid 155 € for each of my Deboichet SL2 that by sure are top class.
To me it's a no brainer.
As for the months one has to wait: just remember to order early.