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Old 14th November 2014, 03:03 AM   #1
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I was hoping to gain some feedback on what board would be better for my skills and conditions. I was considering the Atom 100 or the Kode 103. I have ridden the kode 103 before and was impressed with the fast ride and ease of jibing. I want a higher wind board as a step down from my kode 112 for sails 4.5-6.5 sails. The location where I sail is bay water in nj which usually gets large chop on windy days. I can water start, ride in the straps/harness, and make most carving jibes. I weigh about 174lbs. I don't think I will sail in the ocean but would like someday to learn duck jibes, helicopter tacks, and chop hop. My concern about the Atom is the widder width and how that would handle in large chop. Also, I like the center back strap of the kode as the atom only has the two straps in the back. I understand the Atom might plane quicker due to added width, however, if I'm using both boards on a windy day and with a 5.5, planning shouldnt be an issue.

Can anyone answer which board handles choppy conditions better if they were both carbon?
Which board would be faster in choppy conditions?
Any other feedback on the Atom 100 vs. the Kode 103 would be appreciated. I really like both boards but not having the chance to ride the atom 100 makes it a difficult decision.
Thanks.
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Old 14th November 2014, 07:14 PM   #2
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Hi Rob,

I have owned a few Kode 103 over the years but I decided early in the year to swop over to AT 100 after buying and loving the AT 110.... It was a hard decision and not one I took lately.... Id say the Kode 103 probably fits your sail range better even though I think your asking a lot of the board to handle 4.7m weather unless its very flat and sheltered..... Ive used my AT 100 in 7m to 5.3.... I am so surprised on how well it handles the chop considering its 68cm width...... Even today I was out in 6m open on shore sea and not a problem when others were on 80 & 95 ltr wave boards....They will both work well in 5,5m weather with the AT100 being the quicker of the 2.... But then again the kode is no slouch..... FYI the Atom does have an option for a single rear strap , but due to the flatter tail..... Out of the 2 boards I think the Kode would probably feel more comfy with single rear strap setup....
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Old 15th November 2014, 10:53 PM   #3
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Thanks for your feedback. It was helpful to hear from someone that has tried both boards. Now that you have experience on the Atom 100, would you say you prefer it over the Kode 103? If so, why? I'm assuming the Kode has more of a loose feel, possibly faster through the chop, slower to plane, and the jibes could be tighter than the Atom. Which one would be faster in a straight line with little chop? Thanks.
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Old 16th November 2014, 07:31 AM   #4
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I sail in a variety of location and conditions and both boards have stacks of versatility...... I use the board mainly in 5.3 to 6.5 where it is mainly bump and jump, onshore conditions or freerace...... And not necessarily as a light wind wave board, this is why I opted for the At 100.... The Kode is indeed looser and is a terrific board and gybes tighter, but the atom is far quicker in the conditions I use it for, and have used it in the odd fun race and is super controllable, plus it planes earlier and has more float in the lulls
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Old 23rd November 2014, 05:16 PM   #5
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Allan, sorry for another question. I'm going to go with the Kode 103. The question I have is carbon or wood? I gotten some feedback from another person who has ridden the kode and other free style wave boards that wood or technora might be better in bump and jump conditions than the carbon version for an eaier softer ride. He recommened carbon for the bigger boards where the conditions might be flatter. Would you agree the wood might be a better choice for me? Seems like the technora 2014 versions are hard to get. Plus, not sure if I like the graphics on the carbon kode. I wish the kode looked more like the atom. Anyway, thanks for your help.
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Old 23rd November 2014, 09:06 PM   #6
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They are using different carbon layups last few years so the smaller carbon boards have a little more relaxing ride as they are not as stiff..... Personally Im not looking for a crisp feel on the water from a freestyle wave type board even at 103 ltrs... I don't like the on water feeling of technora but like the more stiffer but more relaxing feel and cosmetic look of wood myself..... . But I do know of several people who like their own Kode 103 in carbon too....
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If you prefer the look of the Atom then why not go for a Flare? They are surprisingly good at doing a lot of the stuff the larger Kodes do well.
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