Thanks for posting all details about the boards Mark. However I have to disagree with you on the statement above. Since board comes with the pad permanently attached to it, why would you ever provide board weight without a pad?! It might work for Shinnster with pad sold separately, but not for Jackson . 650 grams (1.4 lbs) weight increase is a deal breaker for many people.
I never rode Shinnster with foil, only El Stubbo. On El Stubbo it wasn't too unusual to get nose dive or side water catch. Jackson definitely has more nose scoop comparing to both Shinnster and Elstubbo. Also I feel that raised/beveled sides on Jackson are very helpful against side water catch/dive.
I rode the Shinnster quite a bit last summer using a Zeeko Carbon and Zeeko Blue/White Aluminum foil. Yesterday I had my first ride using the Jackson with the Shinn F model Foil. The first obvious difference is the shape of the Jackson verses the Shinnster. Touch downs are easier on the Jackson .Not bad with the Shinnster,but the extra width of the Jackson makes for better on water performance. I have no issues with the foot strap placement. Definitely more angle and closer together than say my Aguera Pro Race but I had no problems with my feet(yesterday in booties size 11 ) hitting the other strap. I really liked the beveled rails of the Jackson verses the Shinnster. Keep in mind we are talking apples to oranges. The Shinnster is a super fun hybrid directional that was converted using a plate stiffener to make the board foil friendly. The Jackson is a dedicated foil board. Back to the straps, nice and big, great adjustability . I positioned the foil at the front of the track and the lift from the F model wing was very fast. Soon as the board developed a little momentum ,up on foil. I must say, the Jackson is very balanced ,easy to ride. I would think its even easier with the P model wing (hoping to get that soon). It was a light wind session using full power on a Flysurfer Stoke 12m. The Jackson with the F model had very good top speed that will definitely be faster in stronger wind. The weight of the board is a non issue. Felt nimble, stable and nice in the air when I jumped. If I was a guy who broke 4 or 5 boards I would not be complaining about a board that is built to be durable.
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