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Old 17th January 2008, 04:16 AM   #1
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Hi
I am very interested in the Pure Acid 74 as my next step down from a JP 93 FSW. And I'd almost made my mind up when I read the most recent test in SURF stating:
"The straps don't keep their size and feel uncomfortable sailing barefoot".

This is a major drawback for me who loves to surf barefoot.
Bottom line: did they test a PA with original straps or did SURF test a pre prod model with straps not intended for the consumer market?
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Old 17th January 2008, 11:56 AM   #2
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I sail both barefoot and with shoes. Before I always used to fit out my boards with the Dakine Core Contour straps but since the slickstrap, I always use the original and like them a lot. Its the same that SURF tested. They do take a few sessions before they settle in their shape though, maybe that explains SURFs opinion about it. If you sail both barefoot and with shoes they the unmatches ease of adjustment is a nice feature too.
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Old 18th January 2008, 01:08 AM   #3
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Thanks Ola.
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Old 3rd February 2008, 12:41 AM   #4
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I use a JP FSW 101 a acid 86 and a acid 74 and the acids straps are just a bit more comfortable than the JP ones. They are good straps , the one thing you do need to watch is if you have squashed them a bit since you last used the board (stacking boards on a roof rack tends to do it) the straps need the be pulled back into shape before you use the board or it feels as if they have shrunk. it only takes seconds and away you go but if you just jump straight on the board your feet will hardly fit in the straps.
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Old 3rd February 2008, 03:46 AM   #5
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Right. The "theory" behind the behaviour of the Slickstrap is that while "normal" straps have several layers of velcro in them that keep them from both being pulled bigger and squashed smaller, the slickstrap only have one velcro that keeps it from being pulled bigger. The rest is just "internal layers" without the velcro. So, if you push on a slockstrap (by fx packing it under another board, like bigfish says) it will get smaller (and you will get some slack inte the velcro layer).

This is also the reason why the straps is a bit subborn at first. All those internal layers have a lot of friction and it takes some massaging to get them to slide against each other so you can pull the strap big enough.
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Old 6th February 2008, 03:18 PM   #6
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OK, I will have a look at the boards (and straps) when the new products show up at the swedish dealer later on.
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