Jumping iSonic vs Futura
So far I've had my eyes set on the Futura 93 as I think it is the best board for my weight (54kg) and skill.
However, I only have the possibility of buying it new, at 1,600 euros (-200 if technora). I also have the possibility of buying an iSonic 101 from 09 for only 700 euros.
I know the Futura is suppose to be easier to jibe and more 'forgiving', but for 700 euros I'm willing to sacrifice some ease of use.
Jibing isn't really my main concern though, for me jumping is more the issue. I've been told that the Futura 93 is a really great board for jumping.
Will a slalom rocker line/design make the iSonic 101 much harder to jump?
I've seen people jump them in videos, so I guess the difference isn't too significant:
In the past I've sailed on an old (2004) AHD 88l slalom board and the extremely sensitive rails in jibing aside (probably due to the low volume more than anything else) it was perfectly within my capacity to sail....
Is the user friendliness in a Futura worth 700 euros? Will there be noticeably more top end in the iSonic?
Thanks, (those 700 euros could definitely be spent on a new sails or 2 as well....)
The construction of the dedicated slalom iSonic is not designed at all to widthstand all the abuse of high jumps. Better take a Kode which is truly designed for such Bump & Jump use & abuse.
Futura is more user-friendly than iSonic, especially when chop worsens : compare a freeslalom with a pure racing slalom hull. Top end will be higher with iSonic than with Futura in flat to moderate choppy seas provided you have the skills and full camber racing sails, but as soon as chop worsens, a Futura might give you an easier edge in term of top control in difficult conditions.
iSonic 101 is way too big a board for your 54 kg and max sail size of 6.0 m2 IMHO. Better think of an iSonic 76 or 86 slim for your XS light weight with 4.5-6.5m2 sail quiver for example. Make no mistake: iSonic 101 2009 sail range is more like 6.0-8.5 m2 for your XS light weight.
iSonic 76 test by lightweight riders (Christine : 62 kg; Morane : 54 kg):
iSonic 86 slim (Christine 62 kg) :
Thanks for your reply. Indeed my main problem with this board is it's declared sail range as I currently have a 4.7m, 5.3m, 6.0m and 7.2 and this board would only allow for my 6.0 and 7.2, which I can only use in force 4-5
I think I shall opt for the Futura as it has a much wider theoretical sail range and will cater better for my needs.
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