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Armstrong CF1600 review

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Created by hilly A week ago, 13 Jul 2019
hilly
WA, 4698 posts
13 Jul 2019 12:02PM
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Been riding the Armstrong for over a month now so time to share how it goes. Bit of context - I am an average foiler, been doing it for about 6 to 8 months now, my previous foil was an Axis and I weigh 105 kegs.
What is not to like about the construction and finish of the Armstrong. All first-rate and it comes in a neat bag with padded bags for all the bits.




The bolts holding the one-piece mast on to the board were a bit short so I got some longer ones from bunnings for $5. Titanium plates are nice but a bit fiddley fitting them.

6 screws hold the whole thing together, 2 for the front wing, 2 for the fuse to mast and 2 for the rear wing. Really neat locking system for the front wing and fuse all constructed of carbon and titanium so no corrosion issues.



Fits neatly in the car. No need to pull apart and clean all the time. No fizz bro

The 1600 wing feels about the same as an 82 Axis wing for lift. The set up is noticeably lighter than the Axis, with a bit of flex in the mast compared to the super stiff Axis mast. I feel slightly less stable on the board as the foil reacts to currents underwater more rapidly. Probably due to the lower weight of the foil and the fact that it possibly floats (have not tested it yet).

Feels really reactive on the wave and generates huge speed through turns with the flex helping there I think. To see what is possible go to www.instagram.com/foiltheworld/ Brian Finch and his mates rip. I particular this vid www.instagram.com/p/ByUBATlHhVN/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet
I am not so good - here is a boring video of me going basically straight. Pretty crap conditions but it gives you the idea.



Really happy with the foil, it feels more back foot surfy than the Axis, which I always felt was really front foot pressure all the time. The Armstrong likes to be turned and pumped to keep up to speed whereas the Axis was happy to keep going with less input.

The best thing is no bloody Tefgel
Only negative is the price

Piros
QLD, 5479 posts
13 Jul 2019 3:11PM
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Going good Hilly just need to get that pump going. Agreed that's a beautiful looking foil . Nice review and cool video .

hilly
WA, 4698 posts
13 Jul 2019 1:20PM
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Going good Hilly just need to get that pump going. Agreed that's a beautiful looking foil . Nice review and cool video .



Thanks. I hear you. Struggling with the board I think. Feels big and heavy, 6 10 x 31 @ 9kg plus. Ordered a 6 8 x 29 sub 6kg SMIK cannot wait

Casso
NSW, 3555 posts
13 Jul 2019 5:20PM
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Great review Hilly. Thanks.

Piros
QLD, 5479 posts
13 Jul 2019 5:34PM
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hilly said..

Piros said..
Going good Hilly just need to get that pump going. Agreed that's a beautiful looking foil . Nice review and cool video .




Thanks. I hear you. Struggling with the board I think. Feels big and heavy, 6 10 x 31 @ 9kg plus. Ordered a 6 8 x 29 sub 6kg SMIK cannot wait


Yeah Hilly that's a Biggin , great board to learn on . The smaller Smik will help heaps .

anders884
33 posts
13 Jul 2019 5:13PM
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Thanks for posting. Looks great

hilly
WA, 4698 posts
15 Jul 2019 8:50AM
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Did some destruction testing yesterday stranded standing on the foil on a dry rock then washed through the pinball section with the foil down. Follow up by crashing into a rock at full noise on a wave. Surprised by the lack of damage. The carbon lay up is tough as, previous foil would be at the repair shop now.
Hats off to the Fanatic team as well the boxes are solid.





What I forgot to mention to was the foil is absolutely silent. Hated the humm from my previous foil, which decreased after sanding the trailing edge but never went away totally.

Seajuice
NSW, 447 posts
Monday , 15 Jul 2019 7:59PM
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Nice foil Hilly. Looks a little bit African with its Zebra stripes. Probably deter the sharks more than my blue green Neilpryde that looks more like a tasty tuna.
Nice review. Sorry to hear you got beached on the rocks. I did the same when I jumped off mine I was surprised I landed on a sand covered rock platform. It was a nice wave that I wanted to make the most of. My foilboard standing high & dry & the foil wing just under water. Then the water receded dragging the foil backwards over the rocks until I grabbed the leg leash to hold it up to stop any damage. Lucky it just received a few little chips on the sharp trailing edge of the front & back wings.

DWF
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Monday , 15 Jul 2019 6:48PM
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hilly said..
I feel slightly less stable on the board as the foil reacts to currents underwater more rapidly.




My testing says it's mast flex decreasing board stability.

hilly
WA, 4698 posts
Monday , 15 Jul 2019 7:35PM
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DWF said..

hilly said..
I feel slightly less stable on the board as the foil reacts to currents underwater more rapidly.





My testing says it's mast flex decreasing board stability.


Not sure. Axis has a massive solid Ali fuse at the bottom. Has to work like a keel due to the weight.

hilly
WA, 4698 posts
Tuesday , 16 Jul 2019 11:18AM
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Ok found the limit of the 1600 for wave size today. Got smashed a lot, but some gems in there.




hilly
WA, 4698 posts
Tuesday , 16 Jul 2019 6:52PM
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Spoke too soon Fanatic boxes sh1t themselves today. So foil 1 board 0.

FoilColorado
25 posts
Tuesday , 16 Jul 2019 10:46PM
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Oh no! Failed due to impact? Rolling around in the washing machine? Warranty??? Pics please

FoilColorado
25 posts
Tuesday , 16 Jul 2019 10:46PM
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Oh no! Failed due to impact? Rolling around in the washing machine? Warranty??? Pics please

hilly
WA, 4698 posts
Wednesday , 17 Jul 2019 5:22AM
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Not a warranty second hand. Nothing to see in a pic they are just loose. Whatever held them internally has let go but the outer layer is intact. Off to repair shop I go.

hilly
WA, 4698 posts
Wednesday , 17 Jul 2019 8:31AM
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Oh no! Failed due to impact? Rolling around in the washing machine? Warranty??? Pics please


No impact just pumping along and started making weird noises.

hilly
WA, 4698 posts
Thursday , 18 Jul 2019 5:14PM
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hilly said..



Piros said..
Going good Hilly just need to get that pump going. Agreed that's a beautiful looking foil . Nice review and cool video .






Thanks. I hear you. Struggling with the board I think. Feels big and heavy, 6 10 x 31 @ 9kg plus. Ordered a 6 8 x 29 sub 6kg SMIK cannot wait




Yeah Hilly that's a Biggin , great board to learn on . The smaller Smik will help heaps .





New sled on the way yeeoow

Armstrong are bringing out new wings soon. Would put money on them being high aspect.



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