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9th January 2011 10:35 PM
Unregistered Her my experience with the piece maybe that help you for your decision.
I have used the Shox.xtr for wave (Baltic and North sea) since September 2010. It works and it reduces chops tremendously. That´s the main problem on the baltic sea, especially for light sailors. Now I can sail faster and get later overpowered. The buttom turns get more smooth as hard hits after jumps.

The downsides are the high price and the lack of a security line for the tendon joint. I have build my own one for critical conditions and I will replace the base afetr 100h, as NP recommands.

The metal tube in the side gets scratched during use, but since the wall is think it is mainly a optical issue.

Victor Fernandez used it on all rigs during the PWA in Klitmøller and he did crazy jumps.

In October I was told that a supplier in Germany was starting the production, because North was skeptical about the quality a Asian supplier could reach. That seems to be the main reason for the high price. I do not know how easy it is to get the piece now.

Btw, I have use the North Power XTs for several years and they are reliable and wel functional. But in case you have an older model, make sure you replace the plastik insert with the metal one to stop the robe sliding. And rinse it in fresh water regularly.

Greetings from Denmark
15th June 2010 09:40 PM
doofuss I wont be buying one.

I work in a shop in the uk and bought some power XT needles.

They stopped working after 2 uses each.

All i got from North was an "FO son".

IF we need shock damping how about using a rubber "wave" uj as opposed to a tendon joint (which is supposed to be faster cos the power transfer is more direct ??)

10th June 2010 05:13 PM
Charlie360 I'm thinking about getting one too - I did ask on the PWA ticker whether the North sailors were using them and apparently Jimmy Diaz used them for every race in Korea - as they say the results speak for themselves!
6th June 2010 07:13 PM
BelSkorpio All right, that does it.

Gonna get one too.

Is it true that the rig sits a bit higher up off the deck of the board c/w a normal extension ?
6th June 2010 03:25 PM
Farlo Hello #26, what is your level of practice? Have you measured speed improvement or is it mostly feeling?
4th June 2010 11:27 PM
Charlie360 Is it really that good? Another quick question I had too was this: In some of the pictures I've seen it looks as though the inner shaft for the shox (painted black when new I think) gets worn quite quickly, I guess it must be easy to get sand etc in it - have you found this to be a problem, or is it just paint coming off?
2nd June 2010 10:16 AM
Unregistered I have one. It´s wonderful. I freeride mainly 150 liter, 100 liter boards and speed and comfort is a hell of a lot better. Now sailing with the Shox for a couple of times going back to the hard hitting old base is terrible. Downwind i chop it really stands out. Everyone will use suspension in the future after trying this.
26th May 2010 04:56 PM
Charlie360 That's interesting, it makes sense and is perhaps consistent with the conditions in Ulsan - from the footage and pictures that I've seen the breeze was relatively light and therefore the water was flat - hence no advantage really to be had from the shox, therefore inconclusive, perhaps the real test will be on the Canaries leg of the tour when it is traditionally windy and therefore pretty choppy - we'll have to watch out for those events!
26th May 2010 03:03 AM
BelSkorpio Motion Windsurf Magazine has in the latest edtion also an article about the shox.

It sounds rather positive.

In summary they say the following:

- Shox has no sense on mirror flat water

- In chop, it WILL make you faster. They ground on experiences of speedfreak Alex Lehman, chief editor of the German Free Mag and Windsurf Journal. It made him 4,5 km/h faster on "simple" freeride equipment, which is quite much at 60 km/h.

- it absorbs shocks quite remarkably with flat landings of high jumps.
24th May 2010 03:22 PM
Farlo The cost was also pointed by Planche Mag. The Shox leaves me a bit skeptical, although I've been a North fan for a while and like many of their products too. A slack of 6 to 8 cm seems exaggerated if the main purpose is vibration damping. Stiffer is not always better, but simpler often is. An old school UJ may do 80% of the job for a fraction of the price, without compromizing too much on nervosity.
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