i will probably ride it mostly as a thruster but definitely want to give it a go as a quad as well. just trying to save a few bucks instead of ordering full quad set since i have a ton of future thruster setups. anybody have these or have any feedback. and if so, what other fins have you ridden them with for the fronts.
depending on how big you are & the placement, i think 375's might be a bit on the small side. i've found that i prefer 400's or slightly larger (410-420 or so) for quad rears. is it more of a hp shape w/ a center line placement or a fishy type shape w/ a rail placement? i've gone as big as 435 for my rears on a wide tailed simmons type board.
I'm looking for my first quad/convertible. For years, I actually thought quads were a fad/gimmick...until I finally researched the design in depth. Any extra speed the quad allows in small/mushy waves is always welcome and I can switch back to a tri when the waves get steeper....plus, I can't deny quads look freakin' cool
true, but I was talking about hard bottom turns and going straight up to the lip on steep waves. I see some pros can manage that on quads, but others, not so much
i think that's a matter of dialing in fins, fin position, tail width, & spending the time getting accustomed to quads. very few pros (& only slightly more average joes) have really spent the time doing that. many will dabble w/ quads here & there...parko's statement was pretty telling...something about preferring quads in barrels (aka: going straight) but switching back to a thruster when the waves/judging requires turns.
we're so used to riding thrusters that when we hop on a design that we expect to perform like a thruster & it doesn't, we're very quick to discard it & say it doesn't work. you can push a quad like you can a thruster, you just have to tweak certain design aspects & aspects of technique...same as on a single fin or twin fin w/ a hp shape.
I moved away from the quad. On bigger days it generated a little more speed/stability, but it took away from the slightly loose tail feel which I like. I guess it depends on your local wave, too. But like you said, you can just switch it up which is cool.