1. I spent most of my time last season demoing the Sector One, and the more time I spent on it the sector the more I begun to get used to it. THEN... I tried the sector 54 V3, with 3 fins, and was completely shocked at how must faster it was than the One design. Jumping back on the One design, it felt like the handbrake was left on. Can I ask, do you think that was because of the 3 fins on the 54 vs the 4 fins on the One design?
It was because the sector one design uses 4 fins of high cant (angle). It's and old design, and while the board is VERY easy to ride, it's not as efficient as the new configurations.
For example, last years V3 sector 60, with 3 fins in (5 degree cant instead of 7.5 on the one design) felt like a knife through butter (similar to the 54).
The fin configs and angles make huge differences, and also the size. The new boards (V4 that are just about to arrive) will be the best combo yet regarding fin placements on the sector 60 which is the biggest seller and most versatile.
Just out of interest - I put the fins of a sector 60 one design in a V4 54cm once, as a result the 54 began to feel very similar to the one design, without the width..
2. I noticed from the pictures above that it looks like the front foot straps of this years One design, have been moved further forward. Is that true? And how does the One design board ride because of it?
The one design this year is a TOTALLY different board - nothing is the same as the old one design you used. Its's wider, flatter, squarer, more aggressive. Closer to a raceboard than the freerace you have. It rides flatter, points higher, and resembles the monaro more. That said I have not ridden one yet, and have been told it's very civilised, but not the fast slippy sector 60 we all champion...
3. The last sector One and the v3 sectors seemed to work fine if the board wasn't kept dead flat on the water, how about the new version of the One design? As looks to be taking on some of the DNA from the Monaro, does that mean that the riders ability will need to be better to get the board working properly?
exactly, though I am told the one design is a lot easier to deal with than the dimensions would suggest. It's a raceboard with as much civility built into it as possible. That said, the carving light rail to rail feel of the sector 60 would not be there..
You really need to try a v3 / v4 sector 60 if you liked the practicality of the one design with the feel of the 54. It's the best of both from your perspective....
Hey mike, more Q:s from me:
Which board, The Slayer 60 or the Sector 60, is more adaptable to the conditions and intended use using diff fin sizes and settings?
That is a question that I can only answer when I have both boards in the van, a load of different fins and a week of testing. I will be doing this though, as it's important for us to know.
I do know this though, the designers have done their best to optimise the ability of the boards when you take them off the shelf. For sure there is a lot you can do to bend their abilities one way or another. Until I get the full stock in I will not know, but when I do I'll post it up.