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Board Shopping - What's your vote?

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Created by Rideordie A week ago, 15 May 2020
Rideordie
101 posts
15 May 2020 4:50AM
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Have not posted in a while, but would appreciate your advice. I currently have a custom Infinity Blackfish 14 x 26.75. It is the best rough water board that I have paddled and is the fastest board I have paddled in a short sprint. However, I am frustrated that I can't hold decent speed over my training runs. I am sure that is partially due to the width. I should have bought the new 25 instead of the used one. I did get a deal, but not exactly what I wanted. So, here I am shopping again. I am 5' 9' and about 205 pounds with pretty good balance. Last board prior to the Blackfish was the SIC FX Pro 14 x 25. Dropped it off the golf cart....douh!! Prior to that SIC X Pro 14 x 26. My son dropped that one off the golf cart the day I picked it up brand new, before it ever even got wet...(yes, Really!!) but we patched it up and I enjoyed that board Yes, I have sold the golf cart now. (Evil board-eater) My wife has an SIC X-14 x 28.5. Point being that I have decent balance and have enjoyed several SIC boards. Right now, I am considering the SIC RS SF 14 x 24.5 or the Starboard Allstar 14 x 24.5. Mostly paddle inland lakes, often with confused boat chop. I do enjoy occasional downwinding and I appreciate a slight rocker versus flat rocker. However, I primarily paddle longish training runs 5-15 miles in mixed flat water or choppy conditions. Maybe one or two races per year for fun. I am thinking a board in the 24-25 inch width range with a decent amount of volume, so I don't sink it and create drag. Thoughts?

DaveSandan
VIC, 943 posts
15 May 2020 7:42AM
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I don't think you can go too far wrong with SIC can you now that you have dumped the golf cart???? My vote would be for Jimmy Lewis Sidewinders as I love mine and you can get them in a 23 or 25 wide but they are not so much a flat water board or specific race board but at 9kg it is easy to cary after a long paddle.

Rideordie
101 posts
15 May 2020 8:14AM
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Dave,
I have heard many good things about the Sidewinder!! Wow!! that is incredibly light!! Let's keep this going.....who's next?

Rideordie
101 posts
18 May 2020 8:57PM
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I am looking for some opinions on these two boards or something similar? Can I get a little help?

Tasilee
TAS, 12 posts
Monday , 25 May 2020 8:49AM
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I have a Sidewinder 14' x 27" and love it. It is light, yet handles chop beautifully, goes quick in the straight line, works well in downwind or even small surf. Very stable in messy conditions. Very well behaved.

robon
100 posts
Tuesday , 26 May 2020 1:46AM
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Hey there Rideordie,

I think with the updates and even better durability, the RS would work really well for you. The RS was already rated as a very stable board at 26" wide, with good handling in most conditions, and the volume in narrower widths for 200+ pounders. With a deeper instep for 2020, the RS May be a smidge more stable this year. You already know the advantages of the carry handle, and the RS has the nice touches of coming with two handles up front and bungee attachments. The RS comes with more extras than most companies for performance boards imo.

It seems you can't go wrong with a Sidewinder either as far as build quality and durability goes, and plenty of good reviews.

I will throw the One oceansports Edge 2.0 into the mix. Really well reviewed and high build quality. The Edge is good on flat water but has gained notoriety for being capable in rough water too. A paddling club near me in Nelson B.C. have an Edge 2.0 and everyone who gets on it, loves it. They train in conditions similar to you on a lake/river, with lots of boat and wind chop. I haven't been on it yet but have seen it in action and it's a good board for what you are looking to do. The Evo could be an option too but the Edge is better on flat water.

Rideordie
101 posts
Today , 29 May 2020 3:09AM
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Tasilee,
The Sidewinder sounds like a great board! Maybe a bit more ocean oriented that I am seeking. I am thinking more of an allwater racer type that would be suitable for my weight. Thanks.

Rideordie
101 posts
Today , 29 May 2020 3:09AM
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Tasilee,
The Sidewinder sounds like a great board! Maybe a bit more ocean oriented that I am seeking. I am thinking more of an allwater racer type that would be suitable for my weight. Thanks.

Rideordie
101 posts
Today , 29 May 2020 3:16AM
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Robon, thanks for the thoughts about the SIC RS And the One Edge. I was looking at the Edge also. Looks like an awesome board and another that I was considering. The latest version 2.0 Pintail looks super fast even if odd looking. Not so sure about stability I cross chop and downwind capability on the 2.0, from the looks of it. But sounds like some good really good reviews!!

robon
100 posts
6 hours ago , 29 May 2020 5:01AM
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Rideordie said..
Robon, thanks for the thoughts about the SIC RS And the One Edge. I was looking at the Edge also. Looks like an awesome board and another that I was considering. The latest version 2.0 Pintail looks super fast even if odd looking. Not so sure about stability I cross chop and downwind capability on the 2.0, from the looks of it. But sounds like some good really good reviews!!


Hey,

There are two versions of the egde 2.0. You probably know but just giving a heads up. The edge Pro has the unique pintail that is for flat water and the Edge 2.0 covers a more varied range of use.

burchas
34 posts
5 hours ago , 29 May 2020 5:54AM
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Rideordie, if I understand you correctly the most important thing for you is speed or the ability to maintain it rather? If that's the case I think you're looking at the wrong boards.

I would look in the direction of the Infinity Whiplash or the Starboard Sprint. I wouldn't want to sacrifices speed as in an all-around race shape just for the occasional downwinder in the conditions you describe. Based on my experience, both whiplash and sprint are faster the RS.

That said, the 2020 RS seemed to be more tuned for speed than previous model so I can't speak to that model until I get it under my feet,
but based on the specs I've seen (outline, rail shape, waterline proximity and volume), I suspect the above boards will still have an edge in speed. The EDGE PRO 2.0 might be a good contender as well but it doesn't look like something I'd want to downwind on, but I couldn't tell until I try.

Nlakes
QLD, 18 posts
2 hours ago , 29 May 2020 11:10AM
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I'm 6"2 / 90 kilos and regularly paddle my Edge 2.0 14 x 25" in conditions fairly similar to yourself . i think this board would suit you fine , i find it a bit of work to DW on but still doable . If you contact Jacko at One Ocean sports he will answer any questions you might have



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