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Old 7th January 2016, 05:15 PM   #1
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Default isonic 87, 90 or 97

Hi,
I'm about to by a new isonic as replacement for my broken JP, but absolutely unsure which of the 3 (87, 90 or 97) fits the best. I will use only one sail on the board, a 6.6m² H2-Racing. My weight is 68kg and I'm 1.75cm tall. Range of use is between 4 and 6 Bft. Can anybody give me a recommendation what to choose?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 8th January 2016, 12:13 PM   #2
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What year boards?

I have experience with 2012 Is87, 2014 Is90 and 2010 Is101 (actually 97l)

The Is87 is a great board in high winds, easy to sail, very easy to control, lovely to gybe, even in really nasty bumpy conditions, but not as quick as Is90

Is90 is a very fast board, and really needs the right fin - at first I wished that I had kept my Is87, however, now that I have the right fin and learned to sail it well I really love this board. The range is massive - I can use it with a 7.8 in force 4 right down to a 5.2m in force 8+.

Is101 - I believe is very similar in character with the Is97 through to 2012; possibly the most user friendly slalom board ever made, suits sails from 7.8 to 6.3. The great thing about this board is how easily it does everything, easy to sail, easy to gybe, sails well in chop, always feels in control and comfortable.

If I compare a downwind blast on the Is90 and the Is101 - on the Is101 you feel totally in control, even to the point that you feel you could/should be going faster, it doesn't feel like a quick board... however, due to the control you have, you are actually able to sail pretty quick. On the other hand, the Is90 feels like you are right on the edge all the time - if you hang on it will go faster and faster, but it is very directionally stable, to the point that it becomes very difficult to steer - and it does indeed go very fast, so long as you have the nerve to go with it - after time and familiarity you actually realise that it is not going to bite you, and it gybes surprisingly well.
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Old 8th January 2016, 02:46 PM   #3
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Thanks for your comments.

I'm interrested in 2015 boards. Older ones are difficult to get. Additionally, I like thinner and wider boards rather than smaller and thicker ones.

I think the critical point for me is my low weight (68kg), so the 90 should be too difficult to control for me. Along with your experience, now I can understand the recommendations from the product finder on the starboard site:

They recommend the 80 for strong wind and the 97 for medium wind for <70kg, and nothing else. But I don't want to buy 2 boards.

So, I'm still unsure what to buy.
My 6.6qm is ideal for 90L but the Board probably doesn't fit for my weight.
I think the 80 is only perfect for strong wind, so may be I have to chosse between the 87 or 97, but who knows???
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Old 9th January 2016, 09:26 AM   #4
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Hello Remi,

can you help me further?
See recent posts.

Thank you in advance

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Old 11th January 2016, 12:42 AM   #5
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Hi surf1406

4 to 6 Beaufort is not hi winds but medium winds, so you can get as single board for this conditions the 90 or 97, the first one for more oriented strong winds and the second one for more medium orientation.

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Old 12th January 2016, 06:00 AM   #6
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Hi Remi,

thank you very much for your fast reply.

So, even low weight surfers (<70kg) shouldn't hesitate to go for the isonic 90 despite the recommendations on the starboard site (board finder)? The board finder recommends only the 80 and the 97 for <70kg, one for strong and one for medium wind.

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Old 28th January 2016, 09:12 PM   #7
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Hi Surf1406,

go for the iSonic 97. You can plan early and the board matches excellent with the 97.

Have fun on the water,

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Old 28th February 2016, 08:50 PM   #8
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Hi,

I own the 107 and 90 2015, and they're both awesome boards!

I weigh 75kgs, 7.8 and 7.0 on the 107.
7.0 and 5.8 on the 90.

6.6 is the sweet spot for the 90. Buy a very good 33cm fin and you'll have the most amazing range and ride with this combo.

Try that and report back... You WILL NOT be disappointed...
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