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kvda
26th October 2009, 04:57 PM
thinking about buying an isonic 101. Do not want to buy a new one, but a good second hand.
Can find all years, but wich one is definitely better than another one? 2007 is cheap, 2008 more expensive and 2009 the most expensive.

Wich one to go for? what are the major differences between the years?

Want to sail it in choppy waters, with 7.2-7.8-8.4 Rs Slalom sails. Also have an isonic 125 for 7.8-8.4-9.0 and a sonic 85 for 5.4-6.2-7.2

tnx in regards!

kvda
22nd November 2009, 02:38 PM
Does anyone know something about my question?

mark h
22nd November 2009, 06:05 PM
Hi KVDA
The 07 was a big improvement over the original 06 iS, more control etc, very nice all round model.

The 08 version was thinner (especially noticed this in the rear section) for even more control and better gybing and exit speed. At first I did not like this thinner shape as Im size 12 feet, I keep't dipping my heels in the water and generating loas spray. But after adjusting stance, its much better.

The 09 version was only slight improvement over the 08 version. It has the double wingers that slightly increase the width for earlier planing. Although this must have helped early planing a bit, I personally couldn't tell that much difference.

2007: three sessions old, so great value and still competitive and loads of fun. Should be bought for about 1/3rd of original price.

2008: Two sessions old, and best value out of the bunch. Should be around 1/2 of its original price.

2009: Similar to 08 but still around 2/3rds of original price. Newer/prettier than 08, 200ish for vanities sake???

For 09, I keep't my 08 models as it would have been a lot of bucks for a slight improvement. 2010 are looking good, stiffer and a bit more volume in the tail (yet to try one), so maybe time to change, plus the new iS94 is ver tempting, mmm!?!

nonopr
22nd November 2009, 09:20 PM
KVDA:
I have riden the 3 boards including the 2010.
2007 dont buy.
the 2008 is the best of all of them in regard what you are looking for in a budget.
But if you can get a good price on a 2009 I will recommend.
I have the 2008 still and like it and already got my 2010 iSonics and did not buy the 101 because is still a fast board and did not have to spend the money in that wind range. The new 111 and 131 are nice and the new tail cutout seem to help the board trim better and release a lot better also helping in the control when overpower and the planning.
Go for the 2008 if that is what you can afford right now.

kvda
23rd November 2009, 12:21 AM
tnx guys, both of you decided to keep the 2008 101?!? I've heard from two surfers on my spot they LOVE the 101 2008...
I know my direction now, tnx again.

Expander
23rd November 2009, 02:53 PM
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Kvda,

I use regularly 2007 101 iSonic; I've never tested latest 101 models but I've compared with slalom boards of other brands.
I use it with 7 m. race sails.
In my opionion it's one of best and fastest slalom board I've ever used, really fast but, most important thing, really easy and comfortable.
For sure latest models ('08-'09) have been improved (maybe not so significantly as Mark H says) but, always in my opinion, 2007 has still a great value and is still competitive.

kvda
8th December 2009, 01:40 AM
NONOPR: btw, why do you notice '2007: don't buy'? I tried the 101 2007 yesterday, found it pretty good.

What is the big progress between the 07 and the 08?

And what is the big difference between the 08 and the 09 except for the wingers?

nonopr
8th December 2009, 03:24 AM
I made my note due to dollar amount between the 07 and 08 is not worth buying the 07 iSonic if you can buy an 08 for about $100 more and you have a better board in speed and jibe.

kvda
9th December 2009, 12:04 AM
ok, tnx for the clarification!

am thinking of going for 09, maybe (check with the wife) for 2010 ... 'cause as far as i know, you only live once ;)

kvda
30th January 2010, 10:32 PM
Well, after all I bought me the 101 2010 wood! Now I'm waiting for the winter to leave and the spring + wind to arrive!!

kvda
31st January 2010, 01:13 AM
by the way, for tuning tips on my 2010 101 be my guest!

(RS sails 6.2-7.2-7.8 (8.4?) ) and fins I do have for this board are Tectonics GW 34+38 and falconF1 34-36!

kvda
5th February 2010, 08:21 PM
Yes, mission completed!
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj114/kvda/isonic101.jpg

mark h
5th February 2010, 09:48 PM
Very nice:)

nonopr
6th February 2010, 01:17 AM
Yes, mission completed!
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj114/kvda/isonic101.jpg



Yeah, Baby... Enjoy.

kvda
26th February 2010, 08:06 PM
well, today was the first session of this year on the 101. Used it with 38 Goldwing en RS 7.2. How to describe in one word: controll. The board stays very flat even in heavy gusts, ignores the chop and can handle a lot of pressure on the tail. Gybing is easy but timing in flipping over the sail is quite important, he board doesnt easily fall out the plane.
Did not use a GPS today, but im sure this board will throw a shadow on last years sessions with the old futura 101 2008...

Im a happy man!

davide
26th February 2010, 09:14 PM
well, today was the first session of this year on the 101. Used it with 38 Goldwing en RS 7.2. How to describe in one word: controll. The board stays very flat even in heavy gusts, ignores the chop and can handle a lot of pressure on the tail. Gybing is easy but timing in flipping over the sail is quite important, he board doesnt easily fall out the plane.
Did not use a GPS today, but im sure this board will throw a shadow on last years sessions with the old futura 101 2008...

Im a happy man!

You'll be very happy with the 101! I have a 111/2008 and I could not be more happy with it. It is a biggish board for my weight (70Kg) but I like it so much that I find myself using it a lot: best slalom board I have owned for sure. I now use a Talon 40 with it and it brought up performance a real notch in respect to the Drake it originally came with. It was a good choice not to provide a fin in 2010. As you say: easy, ultra-stable, and fast.

BelSkorpio
27th February 2010, 03:28 AM
Oh dear, now I can hardly wait to use my recently bought isonic 101 of 2009. If only that cold winter would get lost ...

kvda, did you use it on the sea or on a lake ?
Was it heavy chop (on-shore / off-shore) ?
I was long time doubting between buying a Futura or an Isonic, because I plan to use it also regularly on the sea ...

kvda
27th February 2010, 10:27 PM
Today I used the 101 for the second time, now with RS 7.8 and same fin - felt great too but a bigger fin is an option with this sail.

Oh dear, now I can hardly wait to use my recently bought isonic 101 of 2009. If only that cold winter would get lost ...

kvda, did you use it on the sea or on a lake ?
Was it heavy chop (on-shore / off-shore) ?

I did use it on a salt water lake (Veerse meer) in the Netherlands witch used to be part of the sea and it still is connected with the sea. It is 'famous' for being a choppy place. Watertemperature about 3 degrees Celsius, air temperature about 9 degrees today: quite chilly.


I was long time doubting between buying a Futura or an Isonic, because I plan to use it also regularly on the sea ...
To my experience the isonic 101 (2010) is even better to controll, especially using racesails and being overpowered... sounds strange? I really believe it's true.

BelSkorpio
2nd March 2010, 02:03 AM
Respect, kvda.
Going out in 9 degrees Celsius, while during the night it's still freezing and only 2 weeks ago we still had snow.
Too bloody cold for me :)

I know the Veerse Meer very well. Used to go there very often myself.
I prefer more the Grevelingen Meer / Brouwersdam. The water stays rather flat with wind from the West.

I would also like to try the isonic on the open North Sea, though. Very curious how it handles this kind of chop.