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Re: New TT - Regular Raptor/ Naish / North?

Postby tautologies » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:26 pm

BudhaNi,
I think Dirk is right on the money with respect to the boards...

I just want to add, I have historically liked stiffer boards so take that into consideration..it might be because I'm...fa..ehhh...heavy. I had the Mega, and personally like the Monarch slightly better. I feel like have more control and I do not think that it is so much stiffer that it makes a big difference. Loading up in chop tho, I think the Monarch is better. I have never been able to go as fast in chop and still feel like I am not about to crash.
The landings with the monarch as far as I can perceive is at least as soft as on the mega. I am by no means a TT expert so it could come down the differences when I rode it. Riding the mega I liked it, but I did miss the monarch.

The Motion has surprised me a lot. I do not own that board, but I liked it a lot when riding it. To say it this way, if I were to buy another TT it would probably be that because it is different enough from the monarch...it feel soft, but controllable. I did not ride it super loaded up tho. It kind of felt a bit like the old SOL board, but with edge to jump well something I could not do on the SOL (I'm a thorn kind of guy).

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Re: New TT - Regular Raptor/ Naish / North?

Postby tautologies » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:27 pm

Osprey1 wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:44 pm
I ride an old massively rockered Naish DUB in chop. While it requires more kite in lighter conditions it is really easy on the knees and you can find one for under $200 on the used market.
hah. This was the board I used boots on. Super fun, but damn I crashed soooo hard. Personally I like the Monarch better. :-)

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Re: New TT - Regular Raptor/ Naish / North?

Postby WindS4 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:13 am

Thanks for all the perspectives. I do dig the Lieuwe board, though I dont know if I need a full custom ride - would be nice. I spoke with a few shops around the country and a lot of them kept mentioning the North Jaime. Anyone beg to differ? I ride Naish kites, so would consider them, but a few mentioned they felt the Naish boards were stiffer than North? Shinn boards do seem very popular as well... I know my kids would vote for the Monk what with the sneaky Gorilla Face on the bottom! Havent heard anyone ya or nay on a regular Raptor... Thanks again for all replies.

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Re: New TT - Regular Raptor/ Naish / North?

Postby Obe_1 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:23 am

WindS4 wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:13 am
Thanks for all the perspectives. I do dig the Lieuwe board, though I dont know if I need a full custom ride - would be nice. I spoke with a few shops around the country and a lot of them kept mentioning the North Jaime. Anyone beg to differ? I ride Naish kites, so would consider them, but a few mentioned they felt the Naish boards were stiffer than North? Shinn boards do seem very popular as well... I know my kids would vote for the Monk what with the sneaky Gorilla Face on the bottom! Havent heard anyone ya or nay on a regular Raptor... Thanks again for all replies.
The Monk is a great board, especially if you ride in choppy or rough water. I owned a Jaime, sold it for an X ride. Sold that for a Shinn Monk (135x42) and would not consider going back. I weigh around 71 kg,156 lbs. The Monk holds an edge well in any water, rides very smooth and no spray in the face. If you ever ride with the afternoon sun in your face that can not be understated.
I rode both versions of the Raptor and the Shox. The standard construction worked better for me. I think the carbon works better for someone with more mass.
Would not trade the Monk for any of them.

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Re: New TT - Regular Raptor/ Naish / North?

Postby andylc » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:36 am

I don’t think you would go wrong with the North Jaime - definitely a great board for most types of riding. I was surprised how easily the edge and base scratches / dings - this was the 2016 model. If you want a long-lasting durable board be aware of this - after the first few rides and really just the odd scratch on some sand / shallow water it felt like the edges were made of cheese.
The Lieuwe board is not really a full custom board as such, in that you can just buy a standard board. The custom options are available and are especially useful if you want a particular brand of straps like I did. The quality of construction is way better that factory made boards and the price is not much different. Early on it’s easy to see this board will survive long-term use much better than the Jaime, especially when it comes to the edges and base finish. The ride is similar but I would say poss slightly better upwind due to the better channels near the tips, this also allows you to use small fins without losing any grip. I find it better in chop, and easier to load and pop with, smoother somehow.
Not tried any Shinn boards so cannot comment. Tried a Raptor Pro about 8 years ago and didn’t like it - felt slow and not lively at all. There’s a good chance they changed a lot since then though.

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Re: New TT - Regular Raptor/ Naish / North?

Postby WindS4 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:08 pm

So now Im intrigued by the Lieuwe Boards..What are they made of- Just wood and fiberglass? Its mentions 4 layer fiber ber?! Its def you're favorite ride? Thanks for the suggestion.


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