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Thread: traction pads

  1. #11
    Yeah i like them. Here's the thing though. Its not about traction at all. It serves two main proposes. One is to know where my back foot is. And two is the kick in the pad.... it gives you something to push against when your really trying to go big on a turn.

    I never used to use them. But when i dialed in my equipment and basically revamped the quiver i started using them, mostly for a place marker for my back foot. I ended up liking it.

  2. #12
    They can also be handy during heavy duck dive...snag with the toes on the back ridge.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by mushdoc View Post
    They can also be handy during heavy duck dive...snag with the toes on the back ridge.
    awesome point, my tail usually is the least cooperative part of my board when going under

  4. #14
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    Surfed almost 25 years without a trackpad. Threw one on my fish last year and loved it. Just bought a new board a few weeks ago and stuck on the trackpad immediately. I like the extra stickiness when I turn.

  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by camerino View Post
    Surfed almost 25 years without a trackpad. Threw one on my fish last year and loved it. Just bought a new board a few weeks ago and stuck on the trackpad immediately. I like the extra stickiness when I turn.
    It's an oil based product. Didn't you want to save Earth and hug animals??

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Cuda View Post
    You do know that you are supposed to wax your board, right??
    brrrrpppp!!!!
    wax on wax off....again

  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by foamieswithmyhomies View Post
    Interesting, I really didn't think there was much of a need as long as you've got a decent coat of wax. I've had the slipping problem a few times before, but that's only been when the water has been super cold and I didn't put enough wax on. Then it can be a bar of soap.

    Maybe I'll just wax the top and bottom of my bort from now on to ensure maximum speed and/or traction. I hear that's what Laird does
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    Don't forget to wax the bottom of your feet, that's my go to for kung fu grip.

    I don't use one, haven't for years - decades. If I busted airs on the regs, sure, it would be of value to my board and my back ankle/foot. I am more of an improvisationalist when it comes to foot placement. All depends on the wave. If it's steep, I don't like the pad getting in the way. If it's mushy, I don't want to be too back footed.

    But I love Herbie Fletcher, he is The Man.

  8. #18
    Any tips on how to remove a traction/stomp pad?

  9. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by nalu222 View Post
    Any tips on how to remove a traction/stomp pad?
    Heat it up with a hair dryer and pull it off.

  10. #20
    I could take them or leave them. Two of my boards have them, more boards don't. I have no problem surfing without one. I like them better on really short boards (well under 6') where my rear foot is always planted in the same spot.

    I have a heavy rear foot, so when I rode traditionally glassed PU boards I always put them on to help delay the inevitable de-lamination to the tail. I figured it gave a little cushion. I've yet to encounter this issue on my Coils so I don't "need" them.