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Old 19th April 2012, 12:10 AM   #41
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Used the F2011 8.6m on the iS107 yesterday, very very sweet combo. Wind was gusty 15k to 25k and board and sail felt perfect. Later in the day, the wind got steadier and stayed around mid 20k's so ended up putting the 8.6m on the W58, again perfect combo
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Old 22nd April 2012, 06:08 PM   #42
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First ride on the 107 today, with RS Racing 7.8 and custom kai hopf 42 slalomfin. This board is awesome. Stays really flat on the water, great gybing, very high speed potential, good in choppy water. ok straps by the way, the best in years.
Also tried it with a Goldwing 38, but it gave me al little bit to less lift and the board got bouncy so changed it quickly back to the 42.
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Old 1st May 2012, 11:13 PM   #43
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Was out on my 2011 97 WC today with 20 to 26 knots wind and choppy with a 7.6 so i was really overpowerd at times. the 97 sails very flat and controllable for me. The nose stays a lot lower than my older boards anyway. Would have canged down to 6.7 if i had had the time.
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Old 3rd May 2012, 05:51 PM   #44
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I have an iS107 and absolutely love it. It mainly gets used with a 7.8 but also works well with my 9.0 X15. It is just a stunning board. I have not used it too much with a 6.4 as when that kind of wind is around I tend to switch down to an iS87 which for me at 86kg is a perfect combo.

Mark, how are you finding the W49? I have seen one up for grabs second hand and am thinking it might be fun for the Ray or WK on those special days.
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Old 5th May 2012, 09:25 AM   #45
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In the meantime I've used the 2012 107 with my RS Racing 7.2 combined with a select sl7 39 - great combo on flattish to slightly choppy water.
The 107 is really very allround in term of planing, speeds, gybing, control. What I like most is that it's fast on all courses, from downwind to extreme upwind, it keeps going on and on.
My experience is that the 2012 is better in higher winds and choppier water than the 2011 was, but 2011 is better in early planing.
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Old 5th May 2012, 02:27 PM   #46
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Hi Phil,

Grab the W49, its an ideal "one board solution". It can be run in big mode with big sails/fins and small mode with mini sails/fins. 7.5m to 5m no problems. Good on broad course chop, goes early and very easy to sail c/w W44, in fact its a bit to easy to sail (but in a good way). If your up some time soon, your welcome to try my W49. But long range looking pretty crap at the moment. I even put my 8.6m on the W58 the other day just to try to scratch my speed board itch
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Old 9th May 2012, 12:48 PM   #47
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Cheers Mark, just what I wanted to hear.

8.6 on a W58 must have been interesting. Still, the wind has to return soon.
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Old 20th May 2012, 05:41 PM   #48
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Can someone tell me if it's really noticeable if you sail on a iSonic Wood or a iSonic Carbon? I know that a iSonic carbon stiffer and lighter is, but can you feel that this board is stiffer?


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Old 20th May 2012, 09:47 PM   #49
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Hi Nathan

I can't comment on the iS107 carbon as I have the iS107 wood, but I did have an iS137 carbon for 6-months, I then changed it for an iS137 wood.

Personally I prefer the feel of wood. I found it less physical during "all day sessions" and soaked up chop better. Plus, it less prone to crash damage.

On the water the carbon does feel slightly lighter and stiffer, but has no real effect on performance as the wood version is already pretty light and stiff.

I think for PWA, nationals or other racing series, then yes, there is a point in going for carbon, but if you just want to scream past your mates and generally go fast, get the wood version and save a few bucks and spend it on fast fins
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Old 23rd May 2012, 05:07 AM   #50
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Nathan, I have had a wood 107 for a couple of years and love it. I agree with everything Mark H said. Recently I borrowed a mates carbon 107 and found it quite different to the wood. In rough choppy cond I found the carbon much stiffer and a bit harder to sail, I liked the wood better.Carbon is harder on your legs for sure, the wood is definately more forgiving. However when I sailed the carbon in flatter smoother cond I found the board better than the wood. It was more responsive and felt like it was accelerating faster and going a bit quicker. So carbon vs wood I would say they both have their strengths and weeknesses. I reakon its a 50\50 decision and you wont lose out which ever way you go. I am going to go carbon for the 2013 model just to try something different.
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