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F2 vs Fanatic

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Created by Obelix > 9 months ago, 22 Mar 2011
Obelix
WA, 838 posts
22 Mar 2011 5:02PM
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I used to have a Fanatic Shark and have just purchased an F2 XTC.

Volume aside, these boards look similar, the straps are almost the same, the footpads are very similar if not the same, down to the colouring.
They also feel the same on the water, and both feet ergonomically just right.

Are these manufacturers related or just buying the accessories at the same place?
Like Fanatic and "Fanatic2"

mkseven
QLD, 2227 posts
22 Mar 2011 8:20PM
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They used to be part of the same group but had/have different designers but they share many fittings (straps identical apart from logo)- same with mistral. F2 was sold to some cashed up guy, dont really know to much from them since then. There is only so much you can do with boards to make them good, particularly with freeride (the falcon & sx were very different). The shark & xtc are both good boards with xtc erring a little more on the bump & jump side

Obelix
WA, 838 posts
23 Mar 2011 9:38AM
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mkseven said...

They used to be part of the same group but had/have different designers but they share many fittings (straps identical apart from logo)- same with mistral. F2 was sold to some cashed up guy, dont really know to much from them since then. There is only so much you can do with boards to make them good, particularly with freeride (the falcon & sx were very different). The shark & xtc are both good boards with xtc erring a little more on the bump & jump side


Thanks Mkseven.

That makes sense.
They have some common feel, hard to explain, which is different from i.e. a few Starboard boards I had a chance to sail. The same excellent straps, and the foot pada will probably contribute, but the board dome feels the same too.

Squid Lips
WA, 697 posts
6 Apr 2011 11:42AM
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mkseven said...
The shark & xtc are both good boards with xtc erring a little more on the bump & jump side


Not that it really matters, but the XTC was F2's super X board, which would probably align it more closely with Fanatic's Hawk. I agree with Obelix about the XTC feeling ergonomically just right. My '08 103 is my favourite board I've owned so far.



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