It's true, rode the final proto in Spain at the end of last season. The new sectors have changed, and last season they were standard with 3 fins too remember, the V5 continues on 3. V1, V2, V3 60's were all 4 fin, V4 and V5 are 3 fin. When I was using the V3, I swapped the quad config for tri, and for my style of riding, I always preferred a tri fin setup. We get the new Slayers, sectors and monaro's in the UK in about 2 weeks from now..
ronnie wrote:I reckon that 65 Slalom is going to work very well as an entertaining lightwind board.
I think I agree with you.
One of the biggest mistakes is that the Sector V5 and the Alias are the same colour blue. What a bad choice considering the red and black colour scheme they choose for the Monaro Slalom is one of the sharpest board colours I've ever seen!
I've ridden both the V5 and the Monaro... New sector 60 V5 is for sure easier and less technical than the V4 and V3. I'd say that they are akin to the V2 in ease of use, but much faster though. Fins are smaller, they are much more stable in carve, and generally much more plug and play.
The Monaro Slalom is a very interesting board. I've traditionally not been a fan of the flat box rule race boards, bit of a love hate relationship with them. The Monaro slalom is a lot easier to use though, yet you still have to ride it flat. It takes quite a bit of front foot pressure and you have keep reminding it to bare off, but it's very fast and stable. Riding a flat, big finned board, so fast across the wind is an unusual feeling but it's extremely quick. Upwind is very good (obviously not what it was designed to do) but those fins cant help but point if you ask them to.
If someone wants something a little more challenging (tecnically) than the V3 or V4 then the Monaro Slalom is the logical progression, but for the mainstream market the V5 sector is for sure a step in the right direction. I did think the V4 was getting a bit too technical for hangover riding.
The boards look sick, but also are really fun. I am not a big fan of the course racing boards, but the Monaro Slalom has a more jump-on-and-go feeling. Takes a few tacks to dial in but definitely get into it after a few minutes if you are familiar with Sectors. If you are all about badass speed, definitely recommend the Monaro Slalom.