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Old 23rd October 2011, 03:14 AM   #11
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I think a video on youtube would be a good idea.
I cant wait to lay my hands on the board! or sail it!
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Old 29th October 2011, 12:17 AM   #12
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I think it would be good to share some videos on youtube

the bigger the fleet, the better it is!
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Old 29th October 2011, 07:40 AM   #13
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Hi JE Sweden

Have one already on Vimeo : http://vimeo.com/27518652

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Old 6th January 2012, 10:24 AM   #14
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Hey!

The board is on top of the home page. That's an achievement for a longboard!

Is it available now? Any reviews available?
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Old 6th January 2012, 05:54 PM   #15
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Hi Sailboarder,

Depend of your country but yes the board is available now.

For magazine test need to wait a bit because distributor just receive them.

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Old 6th January 2012, 08:43 PM   #16
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I got my 295 a couple of weeks ago.
First impresions, comparing to my Phantom 320.
It is more maneoverable with with the shorter length. This also makes it more work to keep it pointing upwind. Perhaps I will do better with practice, but I feel that I loose about 5 degrees or more. Not sure about the angle v speed compromise. I do find it harder on the legs trying to find that sweet spot. The 320 is much more directionaly stable and comfortable to ride.

I have tried it with 9.3m Gastra vapor, 8.5m gastra Vapor and 7.8 m Loft Blade sails. It seems to work with all of them but more balanced with the smaller sails. Perhaps a lighter 9.3 may go better.
I have previously tried my 9.3 on a Bic techno 293 and couldn't get it to work upwind. the 295 on the other hand functioned very well.

The 295 rails very easily in the very light wind but as mentioned above, loses some pointing angle from the shorter rail length and smaller centre board (compared to 320).

So far I would haveto say the 295 is the most interesting Hybrid raceboard design I have tried. The 320 is closer to longboard than short board on the hybrid scale.

Downwind sailing, the 295 is very easy to control in light and strong wind. More sensitive to trim and mast positioning than the 320 but seems a bit easier keeping the nose up.

I think if you are not bound to one design racing, this will be a great youth sailing board combined with the 7.8 m sail. Tried it sailing alongside some techno 293s that were racing in very light 5 knots. I was matching their speed, not much faster or slower. Not sure yet how it will go with a biger sail against Raceboard and RSX classes.

I mostly sail my board in a dinghy fleet since there are not many sailboard racers at my club. I sailed today in the dinghy races with my 8.5m sail. The wind was light in the morning (5knots). I couldn't keep up with the slowest dinghies. The afternoon race was 10 to 15 knots. The 295 still could not get very high angles but was making good speed upwind, faster to the top mark than most of the monohulls. Downwind while planing, the board was very fast and quite easy to control and easy to gybe.

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Old 7th January 2012, 09:04 PM   #17
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Hi Tonnymatta,

This board is design to race in the R310 ISAF Class who is basically the Race-Board Youth Class of last year. Now you can't use over 310 to get this tittle.
So if you want to compare better to compare with Rs One or Bic Techno 293. The Phantom Race 320 will be better up wind in light wind for sure and the 377 even more. Length is very important for this. But the Phantom 295 will get the avantage in planning mode down wind, reach and even up wind when the wind will be enough depend of your weight.

Have fun and happy near year.

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Old 13th January 2012, 09:02 AM   #18
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Thanks for the review Tonymatta and for the comments Remi.

It looks like a great board for my kids. As I'm much heavier, I think for me a scaled up version of the 295 would be great. A phantom 350 made of AST like the 295? I don't really want a fragile 377 since I'm looking for a good glide and recreational racing, not a high end comp board.

Anyway, I don't plan on spending for a longboard for next season, so let's see what will be available the season after.
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Old 31st January 2012, 06:24 AM   #19
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So Remi,

Would the board be OK for 105kgs?

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Old 3rd February 2012, 01:36 PM   #20
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Waterloo, Having tried it, My opinion would be that It depends what you want to use it for.
As a fun board it would be good because of the large volume and versatility in light and strong wind.
For course racing you would be better with the 320 or 377 unless you are sailing in a one design fleet.
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