windtzu wrote:My question is the proverbial question - which size?
I saw a chart for size / weight: I weigh 158 lbs, so the 131 x 41 is the call.
I spoke with a Shinn rep who suggested that the one size up would be ideal - 133 x 42 for me, and that it would have a better low end and an equal high wind control as the North X-Ride 135 x 29 in thirty plus (mph winds). He also feels that I might find the 131 x 41 on the smaller side and give up too much range on the lower end. I find the North X-Ride suits my needs on the lower end and wonder what the comparison is range wise - apples to apples that is > this would give me a frame of reference. I tend to use my directionals when the wind is in the 10-15 mph range anyhow.
windtzu wrote:Someone else mentioned that the 133 x 42 would be too big for my weight in high winds...another someone my size says it would work. ???
windtzu wrote:Does 2 cm in length and 1 cm in width make that much of a difference? There does seem to be a much bigger difference comparing my X-Ride's 39 cm width to the Dundee's > different board design I suppose, so it's harder to compare.
sarc wrote:Got my 135x44 sent to Taiwan just in time for Xmas thanks to my dealer's help, so off to the beach today 28 gusting 35 knots (measured), shoulder height fun waves, 90Kg rider, on North Rebel 5m. The board is way beyond my expectations!
It has so many standout features - I've never been on a board that does so many things so well. Fast, great upwind, spray in face non existent, beautiful in the flats, chop and on wave. No hint of pearling even on steep wave. The standout is the ability to glide on the wave face on wave power, so it keeps speed up to bottom turn or do stuff on the wave face like nothing else I've tried before (that includes the Mako 150). It turns, slashes and rips in every conceivable combination on wave face - it felt like an extension of my body. Rail to rail, long drawn front foot bottom turns or snappy back foot turns, fast or slow - it all comes effortlessly. Sliding by flattening out the board was super easy and never caught an edge. Pop was enough for my needs. Landings from jumps were super smooth. Schlogging slowly waiting to catch the wave was very comfortable and acceleration to catch it if I was late was excellent.
Gusts measured at 35 knots, the board never felt big at all - I think the size vs. weight list on the Shinn website really are the right combos, even if they look unusual.
Straps and pads excellent as noted on other Shinn reviews.
Overall I think this is a really well thought piece of kit, with each little bit of the board working well to deliver a ton of fun and performance over a very wide range of conditions. Thank you Santa!
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