Hi Ian welcome back.
I know u probably have about 1000 messages to get through but I have the following question for you.
I am a proud owner of an isonic 101 2007 model. The board is simply fantastic even though I had some problems with it at first. You were right in saying that with these new wide slalom boards one needs to go out about 3-4 times to really get the hang of it. Anyway from all the posts I read last year I remember that the team raved about the 101 over he 94. This year though I read a post of yours which I got the impression that you favoured the 96 over the 'Jeckil & Hyde' 101.
I'm 70 kg and I use the 101 as my big board. I only use it mainly with a NP RS slalom 6.7 (36cm goldwing) and sometimes with a rs slalom 6.2 (34 cm goldwing). Below that I will go out on the new futura 93 that I am thinking of getting. When I bought the board my thinking was to also use it with a 7.5-7.8 range but to be honest with you subsequently I have found out that I don't really enjoy sailing in lighter winds so have gone off that idea. I'm super happy with the board but I sail with a buddy of mine who has an isonic 122 2007 model. He is 80kg and he uses the same sail as me but I have found that when we drag race against each other that on a downwind reach I am able to pull away from him but on a 'closer' reach I can just about hold him if the wind is steady. Once we hit a lull he is slightly faster than me. This probably makes some sence as 120 liters-80kg= 40 difference whereas I have 96 liters-70kg= 26 difference and we are both on the same sail size. Having said that I'm a better sailor than he is but I'm just amazed at how these wide boards have re-written the rule books. We sail on long reaches (about 2km or so) in choppy offshore conditions and about 1km away from the shore so upwind ability is imperative.
My question to you is would I be better off on the isonic 96 2008?? What do you think? My pesonal fealing is to go for the 101 2008 model even though most people I have spoken to have told me to go for the 96 given my weight and max sail size of 6.7. But I think that on such long reaches the 101 would have an edge through the lulls over the 96. Up till last year I was not a fan of the wide boards but the 101 has deffinitely won me over. Just goes to say that one should never judge a book by it's cover.
Finally can you please tell me what the actual volumes of the isonic 96 and 101 2008 models. Many thanks in advance and sorry about the long message.