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    fin choices

    hey,<br />I will soon order a new custom board. I want to know the difference between FCS and Future fins (other the the fin box). What are the Pros/Cons of each? Can you help me out?<br /><br />-unnecessary duckdive

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    There have been a bunch of threads on this, go to the search bar and type in FCS or Futures and you'll get a lot. Main difference I notice is one screw v. 2 screws for install and the Futures leave no gaps between fin and board. Most people don't notice the differece. I like Futures, but basically a personal preference.

    If you're getting a custom, futures has some cool colored fin boxes. Congrats on your purchase. Enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unnecessary duckdive View Post
    hey,<br />I will soon order a new custom board. I want to know the difference between FCS and Future fins (other the the fin box). What are the Pros/Cons of each? Can you help me out?<br /><br />-unnecessary duckdive
    Both work just fine, i'd ask your shaper what he intends to use on the fin box. Mine came with the 5-Fusion FCS convertible because that's what works best with the technology used on Coils, and I love it, can go tri or quad. I picked up some FCS TC Aqualines that are money. You can't go wrong with either though, so I'd just talk to your shaper and see what he thinks works best with his boards.

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    essentially:
    fcs=lighter system, but gappy bases on fins
    future=bulkier, but more "glass-on" feel

    most people probably won't be able to tell any performance difference between the two (mostly mental). Let your shaper decide what fins (actual fins, not system) he thinks might be best for your specific board shape and that'll narrow your system choice.

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    futures. actually lighter and more solid. less resin used setting fins. don't have to be tied into the deck which - with fcs - causes plugs to 'volcano' on the deck side. boards just last longer with futures. fin guy (installer) likes em better too. there is also probox. check them out. good system. a tiny bit heavier but worth it and you prob won't notice the weight.
    that being said, fcs is fine for the most part, but bump em on anything and you have the leading or trail edge of the fin poking into the board. but they all work pretty good.
    Last edited by AtanticO; Jul 12, 2013 at 09:36 PM.

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    gaps on the base fins for FCS. And ESPECIALLY on custom board, FCS boxes can cause problems pretty soon after a purchase. Depending how hard you surf your board and how many floaters/airs you actually try and stomp out, the pressure from your back foot can dig down into the board and get bad leakage from the tops of the FCS fin boxes. Back in and around 2005 I had 3 different board from 2 different shapers and I stomped right through the tops of the fin boxes, even with a tail pad properly positioned on the edges of them... Once that happens, your board is toast. It will never be the same again. You can fix it, but it wont act properly...

    I think FCS fins themselves are better and have better choices, but the actual construction and design of the whole future fin system is better. Far less potential problems with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    gaps on the base fins for FCS. And ESPECIALLY on custom board, FCS boxes can cause problems pretty soon after a purchase. Depending how hard you surf your board and how many floaters/airs you actually try and stomp out, the pressure from your back foot can dig down into the board and get bad leakage from the tops of the FCS fin boxes. Back in and around 2005 I had 3 different board from 2 different shapers and I stomped right through the tops of the fin boxes, even with a tail pad properly positioned on the edges of them... Once that happens, your board is toast. It will never be the same again. You can fix it, but it wont act properly...

    I think FCS fins themselves are better and have better choices, but the actual construction and design of the whole future fin system is better. Far less potential problems with them.
    yup. the dreaded FCS volcanos. you can fend it off for a while with carbon strips over the plugs, but it will happen. ultimately, nothing beats glass-on fins, but futures are as close as you can get. and the whole fin base is connected to the fin tab. FCS it's just the 2 tabs. plus, futures catalog of fins is growing rather fast. anybody involved with manufacturing (unless they can't fit, i.e a channel-bottom) will tell you to go with futures.
    Last edited by AtanticO; Jul 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtanticO View Post
    futures. actually lighter and more solid. less resin used setting fins...
    I don't believe futures are lighter. Both systems claim they're lightest, but there is no proof. Any "extra resin" with FCS is probably offset by less material in the plugs and less material in their fin's base...plus FCS fins are just a little more refined/thinner than the others (red X are the clunkiest I've ever had).

    I still lean toward futures just for the solid/continuous base on their fins. The gaps on FCS fins are old tech and tend to get seaweed and stuff stuck in there...now that's drag.

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    Just to throw another idea out there... On my last board, the shaper made a compelling case for LokBox fins. The fin selection isn't as deep as FCS or Future, but it's still pretty good... and they make an adapter so you can use FCS fins with them anyway (haven't tested yet).

    The advantage to them is that you can adjust the fins a half inch forward and back so the front fins are in the right place whether you are riding it as a quad or thruster. If you aren't getting a convertible, this isn't as much of an advantage, but you can still adjust your back fins(s) to change the feel of the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brek View Post
    Just to throw another idea out there... On my last board, the shaper made a compelling case for LokBox fins. The fin selection isn't as deep as FCS or Future, but it's still pretty good... and they make an adapter so you can use FCS fins with them anyway (haven't tested yet).

    The advantage to them is that you can adjust the fins a half inch forward and back so the front fins are in the right place whether you are riding it as a quad or thruster. If you aren't getting a convertible, this isn't as much of an advantage, but you can still adjust your back fins(s) to change the feel of the board.
    lokbox is a good system. i think taylor knox is a partial owner? the install sucks though. probox also allows 1/4" fore and aft movement, plus you can change the cant (0,4,6,8) and use FCS.

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