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Tribal MK2 Carbon Slalomfin might also be a speed monster

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Created by Kwibai Two weeks ago, 10 May 2019
Kwibai
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10 May 2019 2:42PM
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Another very promising design by Chris Lockwood and Peter Weitenberg. First tests are in and I am amazed by the drive and ease of use of this given fin. I am comparing one on one with the Z-SLM which was and in many waterstates still is my favourite for long. I need some more tests but if the Tribal MK2 proves to be as good as it presented itself in the first two tests, it could cover the range the Z-SLM gives and add something extra.

Chris was very clear he designed this fin as pure slalomfin and it can be felt. Upwind drive and crosswind drive is clearly better than the Z-SLM. The SLM flies off the wind in rough conditions and I thought this thick design which totally sets itself apart from the current consensus: going for thin foils in PWA style type of fins, would give in on broad courses. To my suprise it doesn't...at all.

If first objective one on one GPS speed measurements tests prove to be right, it's because of one probably one unforeseen ability of the fin: stability. At the right size, the fin rides like on trainrails. A frikkin' slippery trainrails.

On flat water, the Sym Speed has already proven itself to me last year and it beat the Z-SLM hands down for my weight (light to normal). On open water it was also faster than the other fin I tested extensively and to me is the best speedfin so far: the Z Asy. This last fact stunned me as I was sure I would go faster with the Z-asy.

Behind a bank though, there is still nothing that can beat the drive of the Z-Asy. But I little bird told me that might change soon.

So...either this is marketing bull****. Or this is for real. I'd say, test for yourself.

A small tuning tip. Don't go too small on the Sym speed. It's not needed. Control will stay and speedloss is non existent. Dare going smaller on the slalomfin and change it into the speedmonster it also holds inside. This might even or specifically be good for PWA riders daring to think out of the box. If I were riding PWA in the now, I would go 4cm smaller in size at the same drive but way higher speed. The thick foil can give it and add speed at lower needed surface. The thick foil also adds to a rock solid feel underfoot and will never give in. It litterally flies over the chop and when you land the fin at the next wavetip it's just there. I was driving the fin like I never drove a fin before with my legs and it just held and I could feel it would just be getting faster and faster and faster as soon as waterstate goes flatter this summer, our summer.

Fuerte can be won this way at true Fuerte conditions. It's just a tip...

And dear Aussies. What you call cold when sailing, in our regions is being seen as warm, so would you be so kind to stop naggin'about that. Until your dick freezes off, like at the places we sail you have got NO right to talk about cold anymore.

Look at you over there. You've got the nicest waves, nicest people, possibly most bewildering nature on Earth, most peace and quiet around you, litterally, of all inhabitants on Earth. I applaud you for living there and if the moons are with us, we will come and visit some of your great speedvenues for sure, one of these coming years.

BSN101
WA, 1577 posts
10 May 2019 4:19PM
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I have a CLSL2 38 & 26. Love the 38 yet to try the 26.

BSN101
WA, 1577 posts
13 May 2019 11:00AM
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BSN101 said..
I have a CLSL2 38 & 26. Love the 38 yet to try the 26.



Well i was led to believe that they were both CLSL2? But given that they have different patterened carbon they may be different. Ill ask CL when I speak to him next or if anyone can shed some light.

The 38 is great and I hope to use the 26 this winter



decrepit
WA, 9114 posts
13 May 2019 11:16AM
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Yes external skin is very different, but who knows what's happening inside, the overall layups may be the same.

The 38's square layup will give stiffness along the fin, so not much flex, but will allow twist. The 45 deg pattern of the 26, will allow some flex, but no twist. It all depends if all the layers through the fin go the same way. I suspect there's a variation through the fin. and the flex/twist characteristics are similar.



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