Which do you prefer?
Compared to my 2 eps epoxy boards, that I have been surfing for the past year or so, it seems like all these normal PU poly boards are so heavy and draggy when I'm surfing them, and they last in good condition for just under a year it seems. I def would stick with EPS epoxy boards, alot more durable, don't get yellow, and they are really floaty and almost seem like they have pop off the lip.
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Thread: EPS Epoxy vs. PU Poly
Jun 12, 2015, 03:58 PM #1
EPS Epoxy vs. PU Poly
Last edited by HighOnLife; Jun 12, 2015 at 03:59 PM. Reason: Both EPS boards are SUPERbrand
Jun 12, 2015, 04:05 PM #2
I prefer poly.
Are your PU boards water logged? ? ? ? ? ? ? / ? VD. b.stdbg
Jun 12, 2015, 04:51 PM #3
Jun 12, 2015, 04:58 PM #4
If there are open dings you can water log a board in a matter of hours.
I prefer poly, but, you're right, they don't last worth sh!t. Spider cracks, yellowing, delams, etc...horrible value for the money, really.
Fortunately, people are starting to use epoxy resin on standard poly blanks. Even local glassers can do this for your local shaper. They simply substitute epoxy resin for polyester resin...the rest of the board's materials stay standard polyurethane foam and fiberglass cloth. Epoxy resin is more expensive, but it's longevity actually surpasses the value of polyester resin.
...or you can spend a little more and get Hydroflex to glass your board. They use a vacuum process that sucks fibers into the foam, making their boards even stronger that standard epoxy glass jobs.
Jun 12, 2015, 07:32 PM #6
EPS/Epoxy for everything but big wave boards and logs, where I like the added weight, and like to do color work with a gloss/polish finish. Epoxy just doesn't tint or polish out like poly. You can get close, but it's not the same.
You can build a MUCH stronger board with EPS/epoxy for less weight, and about the same cost if you don't waste a lot of resin. It's a slower process and harder to work with, but the end product has better snap and ding resistance, won't fatigue and loose it's pop over time, and will last a lot longer in general.
Jun 12, 2015, 07:34 PM #7
^^^ Agreed on all points
Jun 12, 2015, 08:41 PM #8
I agree with the comments on strength. My epoxy boards take beating. I also have a tufflite epoxy and its pretty much damage proof. I think I'll probably be sticking with my EPS epoxy boards moving forward.