It is time for an update!
How is that foil Tegirinenashi bought working out? Spork rode it once? A bunch?
How is it holding up? Any issues? How much use has it had?
Anyone else using one and happy with it?
Just guessing, but figured Tegir would have said a bit more, but this thread has been crickets for months.
I have the one that Tegirineshi has. Its been a long time waiting on some issues to update. I finally got to put it through its paces.
I bought this at the end of last year after testing lots of foils. Got 2 rides in early season on a new board then Had a problem.
First is you will have to drill holes on the base plate to conform to using other board brands the holes are tiny and will not accept countersunk bolts t nuts for track boards. I ghetto drilled with tape and a drill not super straight cause i Made them glue the mast plate before shipping. Not a big deal they work but not perfect like the nice countersunk factory plates but who cares they go in tight and hold fine.
Next was when my issues started. I know i tightened the wing screws before each ride and remember vividly doing this before the 2nd ride. After 30 minutes i lost the rear wing. After begging and pleading to get another rear wing I got one shipped and took well over a month to get. USPS in Chicago is the gilligans island of packages sat there almost 20 days before moving again. JnJ has been excellent to deal with and always ships fast and does almost any thing you ask them I've been super pleased with the seller.
The inserts or sandwich of a allen nut with a allen bolt that goes through the rear holes are in my opinion not good. The updated version that downunder has looks WAAY better all around. the bolt bottoms out in the nut leaving the rear wing somewhat loose. I bought some more nuts and got JnJ to throw some more in on this last shipment. I'm still getting the bolts loosening up around 4-5 hours of riding. Yesterday I put LOCTITE on them and noticed it loosened up again. I will continue to monitor it and if it does it again im going to the red loctite and making it permanent. (i might try a shim just to get the bolts to crank tighter)
I have had zero issues with the front wing only the rear. the build quality is shockingly really really good for what your getting. I wouldn't hesitate and get another one.
As far as the ride is concerned I'm actually impressed with the speed its faster and smoother then all of the aluminum foils i've acquired. I was keeping up and at times going faster then a ghost whisperer of course I was pushing it hard to see if it has a top end. I think i found it but it could be the gusts it seemed to want to go down at max full speed making me adjust more upward movement on the foil taking me off the speed run.(this could also be my body position as i tend to crouch to try to be more aerodyanmic possibly throwing my weight more forward) You can tell right away on the name brand aluminums when you hit max speed as you want to push it faster and they just wont go beyond a certain point making you want more. The carbons have a top speed but finding the max is tough as you are going so fast you crash it can end up in broken ribs and possibly getting knocked out.
This thing cranks and is very smooth on the transitions. it does have a higher stall speed then my other name brand foils but i expected that with the higher aspect wings. Right now this is now my favorite foil in the quiver. Granted I have tried some highend foils and absolutely love them and can appreciate the quality difference in highend carbons but boy this thing can almost keep up with them at a fraction of the cost.
The mast is taller then most if you dont cut it. which i like long masts I have the north pro foil board with beveled edges and you can lay this down on its side and you can go in circles upwind very sweet foil for the cost.
For the average foiler that doesn't want to drop 2000$ on a ultra high performance carbon this thing rocks in my opinion you get a taste of what they are like. If they come out with some race wings I'd love to try them out. I think with foiling the tech is gonna be all in the wings at this point. Thats why all the brands are offering so many wingsets this year.