Old 9th September 2010, 02:12 AM   #21
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Just picked up my 2011 iSonic137 and iSonic107. Iv'e put a few pictures in my profile album if any body wants a peep The iS137 feels super light. I was sent a Wood iS107 and one of the last 2010 W58 by mistake, opted to keep them instead of sending back as it looks wind this weekend (sold my old iSonics a few days ago).
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Old 9th September 2010, 02:56 AM   #22
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Hi Mark H,

I must say that the gray WC IS137 on a real photo looks better than on the drawnings of the SB web site.

Anyway, it's the performance that counts and I'm pretty sure of that.

Have fun !

nonopr, you can find the link if you click on the user name of Mark H and choose "view public profile".
OR: http://www.star-board.com/forum/album.php?albumid=8

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Old 9th September 2010, 03:44 AM   #23
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WHere can we see those pictures? Send a link.
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Click on my name "mark h", then select "public profile", the on the right hand side of the page click on "albums". This will take to my aladines cave
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Old 9th September 2010, 03:50 AM   #24
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Hi Mark H,

I must say that the gray WC IS137 on a real photo looks better than on the drawnings of the SB web site.

Anyway, it's the performance that counts and I'm pretty sure of that.

Have fun !

nonopr, you can find the link if you click on the user name of Mark H and choose "view public profile".
OR: http://www.star-board.com/forum/album.php?albumid=8

Hi Bel
Iv'e always had a soft spot for the wood model's, but the carbon looks gorgeous in the flesh, the pictures dont do it justice. think I'm converted to carbon now Hopefully I'll get out on the iS137 after work tomorrow night.
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Old 9th September 2010, 01:10 PM   #25
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Hi Mark!

Sorry for offtopic...

I saw in your gallery a picture of some speed fins and I noticed you have ka speed 23 (symmetrical?) and a bunch of venoms...

How would you compare these 2 fins for speedsurfing? Which one do you prefer in which conditions?
How would you compare power between these two fins? What would be equivalent size venom to ka speed 23?

Thank you!

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Old 9th September 2010, 05:58 PM   #26
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Mark, is the iS137 on your profile pictures the WoodCarbon OR the Carbon version? Anyways looking forward to hear your test results compared to the 144 from last year.

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Old 9th September 2010, 07:58 PM   #27
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The new boards look nice Mark!!! I am curious about the speed you will do with the new weapons
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Old 12th September 2010, 03:20 AM   #28
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Hi Erik
Upload the first session on to GPSSS today, the iS137 is looking promising

Hi Chris
Its the carbon, feels super light both on and off the water.
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Old 12th September 2010, 04:24 AM   #29
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I know that a few people are thinking of upgrading their iS133/131/144 for the new iS137/127 and it's sometimes tough deciding if it's really worth changing boards. So here's a quick review of the iS137 Carbon compaired to my old 2008 iS144 wood

First time out on it today. Light 12 knot to 15 knot winds. 51cm Select RS7 fin, 9m F2008. Footstrap all in the front holes. Deck plate set in the middle (moved to back for last half of the session). Water flat to small/meduim harbour chop. 30.5 knot max speeds, 28 knots 500m, 29 knots average 5 x 10 sec. About 2:1 speed/wind ratio.

The carbon version feels very light both on and off the water c/w my old iS144. Carbon feels a lot more lively than the wood version. = Reduced weight is definetly a benefit.

At first glance, the Is137 look's a bit different c/w the iS144 (which I'd been looking at for the last 3 years). It looks longer, the rear rail section is just slightly sharper/harder and the carbon looks a real beauty, much better in flesh. The deck concave look's pretty rad as it pretty deep. The nose is a lot thin than previous models.
= Son d'une beauté

c/w the old iS144, the iS137 is longer in length, this improves upwind angle a bit, but mostly improves upwind speed. The extra length also improves early planing slightly, but this might also be due to it being carbon. The iS137 seemes to be easier to pump to maintain speed out of gybes.
= Extra length has improved upwind, pumping and early planing.

Downwind speed is were this board is at, its quick For today's conditions, I was able to match the same sort of gps speeds that I would have had on my old iS144. I say match (which is a good thing) because I had used the old Is144 for 3-years and had it pretty dialled, the iS137 was straight out of the box needs tuning for settings/stance/trim etc, so I am 100% certain that with a few more sessions, I will see this board travelling faster than my old iS144 (which was already quick).
= Improved down wind speed.

How's it feeling? The iS137 feels like it likes fast powerfull fins, not slippery fin's. I guess that fin selection is critical for this board.

The deck concave will significantly reduce the boom hight, so adjust accordingly. I'm 194cm, so this is a slight problem for me as I already have my boom at max height. Today I had to shorten my harness lines to compensate. I may have to put get the boom cut out altered on my 8m and 9m to get the most out of the iS137, small price to pay

The feeling is that the deck concave helps to get the sail draft nice and low to aid control, it also helps to "close the gap" between the foot of the sail and deck. This is perfect for newer slalom sails as most now have a slightly higher cut to avoid catching the foot of the sail in chop and catching on the rear footstrap. Today, I was using my old Warp F2008 9m which has an older style "low cut" and it did catch water and the rear footstrap a lot. I moved the mast track back to minumis this but at the expense of upwind speed. Next month I get a set of F2010, the new 9m will be perfect with the new deck concave.

At first, I thought the iS137 was a bit harder to sail through chop c/w the iS144, but after a while I realised this was just the extra feed back that carbon gives you. In fact, its possibly slightly better than the old model, you just have to "stay" sheeted in a go at max velocity to get that smooth ride. The iS144 could be sailed at "half" speed smoothly but again, my feeling is that this is just carbon versus wood feeling.

The iS137 sails much higher out of the water c/w the iS144, my feeling is that this due to 1: slightly harder rear rails, 2:lighter overall weight 3:thinner nose.

My feeling on volume displacement c/w the iS144 is, slightly less volume in the front half, slightly more volume in the rear half. Despite the lower volume in the front, the iS137 tack's nicely.

So here's my summary.
Yes, the old iS133/131/144 are still nice boards, easy, fast and fun. Great second hand/close-out deal buy's. But if you want the edge, grap the 2011 model

Am I pleased I changed to the iS137 carbon? Double definetly yes.

Sorry this is thrown together quickly, but I'm off out for few beers with the wife now
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Old 12th September 2010, 04:35 AM   #30
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More pictures in my profile for registered users, but for non reg user's here a peak
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