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lewmt
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Firewire Vader Helium

Postby lewmt » Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:58 pm

Any change in the performance of these boards vs the standard FST boards last year? Claims are that they are stronger & lighter so I'm curious if you were - say - riding a 5'1" FST should I be thinking the 4'10" in helium construction? Any other thoughts or insights? I have my old 5'1" Vader but I did some carnage on a finbox(unseen submerged rock). I've fixed it but I'm wondering, what if my repair doesn't last - where to go next?

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Re: Firewire Vader Helium

Postby mmac » Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:49 am

Yea, it would be interesting to hear how the Helium kite construction compares. I have an Evo in the FST kite construction and the deck is starting to buckle near the rail by front foot. Hope the Helium is stronger.
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Re: Firewire Vader Helium

Postby purdyd » Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:21 am

well I have a helium kite evo. Extremely light. So far so good. I wouldn't call bullet proof it will ding but so far it seems to holding together.

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Re: Firewire Vader Helium

Postby SonnyRider » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:22 pm

I've a 5'3" Evo in Helium kite build. Strong enough so far. So light I can't use it weigh down my kite on the beach any more. The wind can get under it easily and take it for spin down the beach. - Happened to mine, but only a couple of tumbles before I caught it. No dings or compressions... yet...

I do have a full deck pad on it, to help with foot comfort and deck protection.

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Re: Firewire Vader Helium

Postby mr_daruman » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:51 pm

The helium boards are super light, super strong. 3 Months, no pressure dings yet. Not going back to FST.
4'10 vader FST with pads 3.1kg (nofins) >3+months of riding lots of dings many jumps.
4'10 vader Helium with pads 2.5kg (nofins)>3+months of riding nearly no dings many jumps
5'4 Jimmy lewis Qwad (Surf version) with pads 2.4kg (nofins) >after 3 months of riding , many dings, pierced the board landing a jump. Big hole. One of my favorite board though.
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Re: Firewire Vader Helium

Postby winddoctor » Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:14 pm

The FST 5.3 Vader I have has small dings on the underside but the deck has been bomber (I'm 205lbs and jump a lot). The FCSII boxes have been too weak in my opinion with small stick/debris strikes nearly tearing the boxes apart. I've had them repaired 3X. Hopefully the Helium boards are better in this respect. Love the board otherwise.

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Re: Firewire Vader Helium

Postby kitelife » Wed May 02, 2018 1:41 am

Where can I get one? Found a few but not sure if kite construction.

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Re: Firewire Vader Helium

Postby felixp » Wed May 02, 2018 2:00 am

Big winds in the Gorge have them .

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Re: Firewire Vader Helium

Postby kitelife » Wed May 02, 2018 3:29 am

felixp wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 2:00 am
Big winds in the Gorge have them .
Thanks, they’re not too far away. Now just gotta pull the trigger.

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Re: Firewire Vader Helium

Postby lewmt » Wed May 02, 2018 3:32 am

Is there any difference though in the way the Helium boards perform or hold up to typical abuse vs the FST boards? I was wondering if a 5'1" FST vader was perfect for me - should I think about getting a 4'10" Helium?


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