i tried this in kauai.
i tried this in kauai.
Here is a short review.
Condition: Of the tail end of a NW swell. The Bowl, Hanalei Bay.
Wave Height:5-6 feet, occasional overhead set.
FCS rep told me they made this system with 2 goals in mind:
1) To reduce the amount of time it takes people to screw their fins in.
2) To simplify the fin "buying" process.
Essentially, FCS is now going to offer "4" varieties of these fins: carver, acceleration, stability, and something else. You buy the fin that fins in that range.
I tried the carver variety and it sucked. I like a particular fin, with a particular material, and with this system, that goes out of the way. I primarily surf on the R-2, MF-1, PG-7C, or G-AM. All are stiffer with a larger base. The rake vary.
This system throws fins for fins that fit in the four categories above. So its not like a can pick a stability fin made of carbon right now. Also, no compatibility between both systems.
anyway, YEA, its easy to pop the fins in. But how freaking long does it take to screw fins in anyway? its not like I am saving one hour.
The fin is pretty solid in the slot. But what happens if I hit reef? The fin will pop out, plain and simple.
Also, on anything bigger, the fin does move a bit. That made me nervous. I will stick to my screw fins for now, as most local people hated it.
I like the overall construction of the new Boxes better, so I would like to have the new screwless box, but I prefer my fins. Its already hard enough to decipher if buying a template will will overlap with a template I already have.For me here on the right coast my K2-1 five fin set, and a larger Thruster set of flat sided fins is all i need.
I can't wait for the magnetic fin system
hhmm... well I like it! we will see if its that much better than the old screwless ones
what if we are all talkin trash about these fins and they actually work really really good. lol Don't the pros surf with them before they actually come out?
Actually, you can pretty much find anything you will ever need at McMaster Carr...
I saw this system yesterday and I am impressed.. it is fully compatible with all other fcs style tab fins (using grub screws like you would normally) plus the new fins have a longer tab system which will give better rigidity (imo) and yeah there's only 4 types of fin to start with but they are the most common shapes/sizes.. and they'd be silly not to add to the range.. there were a few questions I raised to do with the installation and I'm pretty satisfied the system is a good one...
Waaaah Waaaah only 4 types of fins. You nerds that think you can tell the difference between a fin made of carbon fiber bee's wax nut skin and recycled aluminum tire tread are fashion victims to the goddamn placebo effect. I.E. there's no difference, it's a ****ing fin.
Go put you Mick Fanning signatures on, I'm sure that's why he pulls the hits he does at snapper, yeah it's the fin. Meanwhile stick to flailing down the line, hoping to connect two turns before collapsing into cardiac arrest like the rest of us.