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    Future vs Fcs

    same as the title future vs fcs fins go... I use FCS systems my self but my old "magic" board had futures and im debating going back to them

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    Pros use both, so from a pure performance perspective, I don't think there is much of a difference.
    Having used both, I much prefer Futures. I've had tons of trouble with FCS plugs tearing out of the board. I've never had a Future box come loose. A pro probably doesn't worry about that b/c he's getting a new board every two weeks. But for the rest of us, they need to last. I think FCS knows that, which is probably why they created that new Fusion system.

    Lastly, I would pick a system and stick with it across all boards. That way you don't have to buy the exact same fin set in both Futures and FCS when you do get a new board.

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    To me its more about the fin templates and consturctions than is FCS better than Futures. I have both, I use Futures in my uber grovel board because its set up as a quad, and there is no better quad fin set up for a super wide tail grovel baord than the Future Controllers Quad set.
    I use FCS in my other performance boards because I have the K2 fins quad/thruster 5 fin pack ($100) fin set that i love and a few other sets as well. FCS has alot of new constructions and templates I want as well.

    I recommend if you are getting a board with a 5 fin set up (quad/thruster convertible) go with FCS just because the plugs weigh less than the future boxes.

    You cant go wrong with either really though. Your old magic board wasnt magic because of the fin box, maybe that futures template in conjuction with that board shape was what works best for you.

    What kind of board was this magic board?

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    Quote Originally Posted by csburg View Post
    Pros use both, so from a pure performance perspective, I don't think there is much of a difference.
    Having used both, I much prefer Futures. I've had tons of trouble with FCS plugs tearing out of the board. I've never had a Future box come loose. A pro probably doesn't worry about that b/c he's getting a new board every two weeks. But for the rest of us, they need to last. I think FCS knows that, which is probably why they created that new Fusion system.

    Lastly, I would pick a system and stick with it across all boards. That way you don't have to buy the exact same fin set in both Futures and FCS when you do get a new board.
    FCS plugs for years had knock off versions board builders used, thats why the new campaign is "make sure they are genuine FCS" they actually have in white text FCS on the plugs now also. That was alot of the issue with fin boxes coing out. Alot of it is also build quality of a board, there is tons of factors to consider. I like both systems

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    Futures have a more 'glassed in' feel. They're attatched to the fin box all along the base instead of just 2 prongs, which also makes them stonger. They are a bit heavier because of this though

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    i prefer fcs b/c, as i think someone mentioned already, it's what the majority of my boards have always had. i've had boards here & there w/ futures, but over the years most of my boards have been fcs, including the first board i ever had w/ removeable fins back in 1997. it's not that i don't like futures, for tri fins, i do...but as far as quad fins, i like the variety of sizes, templates, & foils that fcs has on offer. k2.1 quad rear is my go-to for hp type shapes. the MF-1 is my go-to fcs fin, the AM-2 does the job for futures.
    i've also recently gotten off the fcs/futures train & tried a couple sets of true ames fins w/ fcs bases & really liked them. i compared them to the foil & template of my fcs fins & found that the overall foil of the true ames is quite a bit thinner than the fcs fins, which i feel is more efficient. the true ames ci template is overall bigger, thinner template, the fcs g-am template has a pretty thick, slightly smaller (shorter base, mainly), & the center fin is slightly smaller, which is ok on narrower tailed boards, but i think on wider tailed boards or in more powerful surf, a little more hold is a good thing. i also like that they're cheaper than either fcs or futures for the same thing (basic rtm fin)...no techy bells & whistles, no carbon fiber, no kevlar, no vector foils or inside foils...just plain old flat-sided rtm fins.

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    I prefer futures but most of my boards have fcs fusion boxes. Maybe that's why I have never had an issue with any of my fcs. I would still get futures when ordering a custom, they just seem stronger.

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    i'd like to add that i've never had an issues w/ either system.

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    all good input... my magic board was a channel islands dumpster diver with future AM-1(green) thruster set up the board worked with knee to even slightly overhead obx and the board would always turn on a dime and never really feel sluggish in the wave. I ride primarily fcs on all my boards my shaper makes for me. however only my custom groveler (5'5 x 20 1/8 x 2 1/2) with a quad tc aqualine fcs setup feels super responsive and turns on a dime most of the time however for my chest + waves board (5'10 x 19 x 2 3/8) i have no problem catch any wave its just after a few pumps down the line any snap or cutback feels sluggish and drawn out (using my k3 thruster setup) ive used the AM-1 on a normal shortboard and it was just as responsive as it was on the groveler. I just haven't found that kinda constant result with the fcs fins i've tried. I also just dont want to aimlessly buy fcs fins hoping they will better suit my surfing style and VB and OBX waves. (Also I am intermediate surfer) I'm just looking for input. My shaper is amazing and is hooking me up with another board this winter so i was debating to go future or fcs

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    have you tried the orange am-2 set from fcs? they would be the same as the green ones you liked in your dumpster diver, just w/ fcs bases.