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2018 Quatro Pymarid 96

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Created by Rob0104 4 months ago, 15 May 2018
Rob0104
26 posts
15 May 2018 6:21AM
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Hi all, going to share my early views of my new Pyramid 96. The background to buy it was given on the Supermini review so I wont bore you with that again.
Firstly this board is not essential for me as my 103 mini and 85 cube are capable of covering just about all conditions I sail from onshore to cross off, 3.7 - 5.7 sail size. So why get it. Well I sail every chance I get, cycle a bit go to the gym occasionally, all to keep in some sort of decent shape for those classic down the line wave days, the mini and cube are both great but there is nothing to beat the feel and grip of a dedicated wave board when you bear off down a nice wave. So enter the Pyramid.
Looking at the board it has little in common with the wider style multi fin boards I've come to know and love. Its a bit longer, a bit narrower and is a throwback to older single fin wave boards in its outline. Lacking the rectangular parallel shape that most stubby and a lot of boards have I was glad I went for the 96, I weigh 88kg, as I want to spend more time sailing and less sinking or getting mullered. The back strap is further back than any other wave board I've sailed in relation to fin position, the tail is fairly narrow so on first inspection this is a fast looking board.
So how does it sail, getting going is a bit more committed than my mini and cube, however as soon as it gets going acceleration is really good and top end is a lot more than either mini or cube. Getting over shore break I'm thankful of the extra volume if I'm not fully powered up. If fully powered it will jump or go over anything (within reason) .I really like the feel it has hitting a ramp and it jumps really well, in the air its extremely easy to control and land , big air and rotations will only be limited by my ability but this is a board which you will want to test your limits.
Up wind it points really well, it does feel a bit wilder through chop than the cube or mini but nothing to worry about. Gybing I have to be a bit more precise with foot placement and timing but this is to be expected with the narrower tail, the extra speed going in helps though.
Which brings me to wave riding. As soon as you bear off on the wave face the board comes alive, accelerating into the bottom turn with so much grip it makes you want to hit the lip vertically and rip back down again. Believe me this is a totally thoroughbred DTL board. Quatro claim the channels running down the tail give extra speed, I'd say mission accomplished. The speed and grip this board offers give me serious confidence on the wave face. Another plus is as the waves get bigger the board gets better. Hitting the lip vertically the board snaps round back down the wave at speer, hit at an angle and it just wants to take off. I know I bought this board as a guilty pleasure, but having sailed it in waves up to logo high I feel no guilt whatsoever.
I haven't tried it on my 3.7 , 4.2 or 5.7, but I think with a 17 centre fin it should cope with stronger winds . The 19 supplied will hopefully be fine with the 5.7.
Who should buy one, anyone who lives to sail proper waves .Is it a do all wave board, if you're a quality sailor it will work in any conditions. If you like sailing around and want to have fun on an easy to sail board which will handle all wave conditions then the mini or cube would be a better bet.
I'll keep you posted if I have anything to add as I get to know the board better.
PS Thanks Pascal for the advice getting it setup.














Flying Dutchman
NSW, 88 posts
16 May 2018 10:40AM
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Thanks for the review Rob, board sounds epic!

northy1
143 posts
17 May 2018 3:31AM
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Rob0104 said..
Hi all, going to share my early views of my new Pyramid 96. The background to buy it was given on the Supermini review so I wont bore you with that again.
Firstly this board is not essential for me as my 103 mini and 85 cube are capable of covering just about all conditions I sail from onshore to cross off, 3.7 - 5.7 sail size. So why get it. Well I sail every chance I get, cycle a bit go to the gym occasionally, all to keep in some sort of decent shape for those classic down the line wave days, the mini and cube are both great but there is nothing to beat the feel and grip of a dedicated wave board when you bear off down a nice wave. So enter the Pyramid.
Looking at the board it has little in common with the wider style multi fin boards I've come to know and love. Its a bit longer, a bit narrower and is a throwback to older single fin wave boards in its outline. Lacking the rectangular parallel shape that most stubby and a lot of boards have I was glad I went for the 96, I weigh 88kg, as I want to spend more time sailing and less sinking or getting mullered. The back strap is further back than any other wave board I've sailed in relation to fin position, the tail is fairly narrow so on first inspection this is a fast looking board.
So how does it sail, getting going is a bit more committed than my mini and cube, however as soon as it gets going acceleration is really good and top end is a lot more than either mini or cube. Getting over shore break I'm thankful of the extra volume if I'm not fully powered up. If fully powered it will jump or go over anything (within reason) .I really like the feel it has hitting a ramp and it jumps really well, in the air its extremely easy to control and land , big air and rotations will only be limited by my ability but this is a board which you will want to test your limits.
Up wind it points really well, it does feel a bit wilder through chop than the cube or mini but nothing to worry about. Gybing I have to be a bit more precise with foot placement and timing but this is to be expected with the narrower tail, the extra speed going in helps though.
Which brings me to wave riding. As soon as you bear off on the wave face the board comes alive, accelerating into the bottom turn with so much grip it makes you want to hit the lip vertically and rip back down again. Believe me this is a totally thoroughbred DTL board. Quatro claim the channels running down the tail give extra speed, I'd say mission accomplished. The speed and grip this board offers give me serious confidence on the wave face. Another plus is as the waves get bigger the board gets better. Hitting the lip vertically the board snaps round back down the wave at speer, hit at an angle and it just wants to take off. I know I bought this board as a guilty pleasure, but having sailed it in waves up to logo high I feel no guilt whatsoever.
I haven't tried it on my 3.7 , 4.2 or 5.7, but I think with a 17 centre fin it should cope with stronger winds . The 19 supplied will hopefully be fine with the 5.7.
Who should buy one, anyone who lives to sail proper waves .Is it a do all wave board, if you're a quality sailor it will work in any conditions. If you like sailing around and want to have fun on an easy to sail board which will handle all wave conditions then the mini or cube would be a better bet.
I'll keep you posted if I have anything to add as I get to know the board better.
PS Thanks Pascal for the advice getting it setup.















ive been considering one of these for ages....head says no - its only 58cm wide...heart says yum yum! But im still worried @ 90-92kg its too small and too narrow to support me - for those light wind cross off days when you need the extra float.

Rob0104
26 posts
17 May 2018 4:58AM
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hi northy, I don't think it would do as a float and ride for you, the 104 cube or the Goya quad would be more suitable and better in lighter days. The pyramid defiantly prefers solid wind
cheers rob

seabreezer
81 posts
17 May 2018 8:53AM
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cheers review Rob , did you ever sail last 2 incarnates of pyramid ? and if so how'd they compare ? as rocker has got faster and faster apparantly (With the rearward movement of stance / less swallowtail etc) , these 2018's meant to be quite a fast rocker ...

Rob0104
26 posts
17 May 2018 10:36PM
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Hi seabreezer, haven't sailed them , can confirm this is a fast board but still has a lot of control

bigdaz
NSW, 166 posts
31 Jul 2018 5:02PM
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Hi Rob, how do you think it stacks up in terms of early planing. I know this isn't usually their strong suit, but I have read a few test articles that say it has improved in this area compared to previous years and is pretty lively and planes up comparatively quicker. How have you found it? and how does it compare to the Mini or Cube -knowing from experience both of those plane quite early.

Cheers

by the way, I've got an 83litre on order for the new season for those epic days, Can't wait!!!

Rob0104
26 posts
30 Aug 2018 8:49PM
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Hi Bigdaz, compared to stubby type boards , the mini or cube it needs a bit more work to get the Pyramid planning. However in my experience with older single fin DTL wave boards it does preform well with the added plus of being more radical , grippier and faster on the wave.
Good luck with your 83. It'll rip on those big days.
Rob

bigdaz
NSW, 166 posts
31 Aug 2018 9:03AM
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Rob0104 said..
Hi Bigdaz, compared to stubby type boards , the mini or cube it needs a bit more work to get the Pyramid planning. However in my experience with older single fin DTL wave boards it does preform well with the added plus of being more radical , grippier and faster on the wave.
Good luck with your 83. It'll rip on those big days.
Rob


Cheers Rob, now it's just the waiting game - can't wait for it to turn up!!!!!



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