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Old 13th April 2009, 01:51 PM   #11
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I think you should try out an iS86 if you have the chance. It's still a fair bit wider, especially in the tail, than the CA52. I think you will find it quite well positioned in between the iS111 and CA52. It's an awesome boards also for a light weight, non slalom racer like myself. Even though its lower volume than the CA58, I think you will still find it big enough.
Too bad that is impossible to try boards, at least in the old USA. The Is86 is an interesting idea, it is quite a step up in dimensions in respect to the CA 52 (52 vs 56.5, a 32.5 tail vs 37.5) although the volume is actually the same, and it would have been the board of choice for a 2 slalom boards quiver. In dimensions the Is56 is actually in between a CA SL 55 and CA 58 (that has still only a 37 tail), while the Is 94 (or Futura 93) is bigger (40 tail x 59), so I can see the logic of the suggestion. Still 86L do not float too well ... I wander where I could try one!

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Old 13th April 2009, 04:08 PM   #12
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I've been doing a lot of gusty, partly sub planing sailing on the iS86. It's easier than the volume suggests. The flat/concave deck and the wide tail/straight outline makes it a very stable platform. Remember, when you're schlogging, anything that is above the water line will rather take away from than add to the stability. As long as you are not downright sinking (ie standing completely still), width and a full rail shape will help more than any extra volume coming from more thickness.
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Old 16th July 2009, 11:41 AM   #13
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I've been doing a lot of gusty, partly sub planing sailing on the iS86. It's easier than the volume suggests. The flat/concave deck and the wide tail/straight outline makes it a very stable platform.
I finally got to try the Isonic 86 (in Sardinia) and I was surprised by how close the two boards are. The CA 58 seems to sail just marginally bigger than the Isonic 86, despite its nominally much larger 98L volume. What to say ... it is the main problem with windsurfing, one can never try before buying.

At this point I guess I will stick with my current quiver: CA 52 - CA 58 - Isonic 111 and my old ML 140. If I had to do it again I would probably go Isonic 76 - Isonic 101 and ML 140 but for now I'll enjoy the luxury of 4 slalom boards!

By the way, the Is 86 is very nice!

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Old 18th July 2009, 03:11 PM   #14
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Indeed. It is often hard to predict how a certain board ill feel. Regarding the iS86, you should try it in some tough windy conditions too. Then you will really appreciate the low volume design. And actually, I think it handles high wind just as good as the iS76. The difference is more that that the 76 is a bit "softer" in the ride quality and has even better jibing - better than a freeride board, I would say. So overall the 86 has a phenomenal range, which is also reflected in the fact that both heavier and lighter sailors in the PWA use it.
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Old 20th July 2009, 12:07 PM   #15
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Davide,

I sail coyote point.

The IS 101 is a magical board. So smooth. But it needs a good fin. I'm using Select Elite SO 9 37cm + 7.0 NP RS Slalom MK 3.

IS 86 - 6.2 rss mk3/ 5.5 rss mk3/ Hellcat 5.2

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