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LFT Firewire

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Created by supafreak A week ago, 9 May 2019
supafreak
5 posts
9 May 2019 6:42PM
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Thinking of getting a LFT Firewire but not sure how durable they are can anyone share their experience ?

bene313
WA, 1347 posts
10 May 2019 1:42PM
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I bought one once.

Snapped it 8 weeks in. Straight through the middle.

You can almost buy 2 PU boards from a local shaper for the same price.

marty72
QLD, 285 posts
10 May 2019 8:11PM
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As in any board its a question of durability vs performance, I've had 5 LFT boards over the last 3 years, snapped one and creased one but the damage happened during decent wipeouts in overhead waves. Anyway I love how responsive and "springy" they feel. If you want more durability go for the Helium construction, I had a Chumlee as a groveller for a year once and didn't even have a pressure ding on it.

supafreak
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10 May 2019 6:52PM
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Thanks Marty , if it snaps in overhead decent surf thats ok but l would be pissed off if it was 2ft , just a bit concerned about rails shattering as reports I've read , was hoping as most reports are 2 years or older that maybe Firewire had done something to improve construction in the last 2 years, cant get any response from Firewire their website contact info is useless

marty72
QLD, 285 posts
12 May 2019 5:20PM
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What board you thinking of getting? For some info try the Forum firewiresurfboards.com/f/

supafreak
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12 May 2019 5:39PM
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marty72 said..
What board you thinking of getting? For some info try the Forum firewiresurfboards.com/f/


I was looking at frk or skx which only come in LFT, didn't like the gamma , might wait for the new hydroshort which comes in helium, after reading different forums I'm put off by LFT , looked at custom tomo in xtr build but they want $1340

MickPC
6758 posts
12 May 2019 6:02PM
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Did ya win lotto lately or fully pro looking for an edge over your competitors? If not I'd recommend looking around for a better deal, the search will not be a difficult challenge for you unless your located in outer space...

Peahi
VIC, 1063 posts
12 May 2019 8:42PM
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I've been thru a lot of LFT tomos (vanguards/vaders) for kiting (normal surf construction - not kite construction), only once has one snapped on me and that was in the surf while prone surfing 3-4ft. It may have already had some stress fractures on the rails from kiting jumps.. not sure.

I usually buy them S/H keep them for 6-12 months and move them on as they get too much foot depression (apparently normal for LFT), but I worry that they will eventually break. Its the only board that is small enough for kiting and can be used for surfing also.

Picking up a Chumlee on special soon to replace timbertek baked potato, its unbelieveably light, so hope its as strong as they say, too good to use it for kiting though

marty72
QLD, 285 posts
13 May 2019 5:13PM
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supafreak said..

marty72 said..
What board you thinking of getting? For some info try the Forum firewiresurfboards.com/f/



I was looking at frk or skx which only come in LFT, didn't like the gamma , might wait for the new hydroshort which comes in helium, after reading different forums I'm put off by LFT , looked at custom tomo in xtr build but they want $1340


You can now get a custom Tomo in a different construction www.tomosurf.com but expensive
Hydroshort in Helium would be awesome as well.

TimKay
687 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 3:27PM
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marty72 said..
What board you thinking of getting? For some info try the Forum firewiresurfboards.com/f/


I think they have closed their forum which used to be a good source of info
Firewire do some good things with the Tomo collab but IMO they are going backwards.
Seems like they are catering for the grovel market
I agree what Supafreak said as well. Customer service is nonexistent



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