iSonic 107 Carbon, PlancheMag (France), April 2015 [EN-FR]

The iSonics are Starboard’s slalom boards. They are fast racing machines designed for the highest top speeds, the highest average speeds, the quickest accelerations with powerful overtaking abilities throughout a wide wind range.

For 2015, we have all-new shapes and completely upgraded throughout the range, the new iconic iSonics are leaner, quicker and faster than ever before.

The following test was featured in the March/April issue of Planche Mag.

Starboard iSonic 107 Carbon: “Most competitive slalom board”

Find out everything there is to know about the iSonics here.

Length: 231 cm
Width: 70.5 cm
Tail Width: 47.6 cm
Weight: 6.20 kg
Sail range: 6.2m² – 8.6m²
Available sizes: 80, 87, 90, 97, 107, 110, 120 and 130 liters
Available constructions: Carbon and Wood

Wider by one centimeter, with reworked cut-aways and footstraps that have been moved backwards, the 2015 Starboard iSonic 107 Carbon is built with a stronger, higher density PVC than its competitors and an extra carbon layer between the feet for high-impact resistance.

On the Water:

With slightly less volume than other boards in this test, the iSonic tends to sink more with heavy-weights due to the short and thin nose. The planing sensation is direct with a well-distributed sailing stance, and a feeling of power and support. It rides the lowest on the water and settles nicely on the rail for long runs: perfect for slalom 8 around the buoys or long distance runs.

La moins volumineuse, l’iSonic coule plus avec un lourd, avec son nez plus fin et très court. Le planing est direct, on navigue très bien équilibré sur les pieds, avec une grosse sensation de puissance et d’appui. La plus basse sur l’eau, calée sur un rail plein travers: top en longues distances quand on trace des huits autour des bouées.

[…] It requires slightly more pressure and power from the legs to go fast. However, and in our opinion, it is the most competitive slalom board of the test group for a maximum of riders thanks its key asset: control!

[…] Elle nécessite de pousser plus fort dans les jambes pour aller vite. Et pourtant, c’est à notre avis la plus compétitive du groupe pour un maximum de rideurs grâce à son atout maître: le contrôle!

In easy conditions and when the riders know how to exploit 100% out of any slalom board, other boards with more glide will rival with the iSonic 107. However, in strong gusts and especially when chop comes into play, the iSonic’s incredible stability allows to take over its rivals as it allows you to sail at 100% physically and mentally.

Dans les conditions “faciles”, elle se fait chahuter par d’autres un peu plus glissantes, lorsqu’on exploite à 100% n’importe quelle planche. En revanche, quand les surventes et surtout le clapot rentrent dans la partie, son incroyable stabilité permet de prendre un petit ascendant. Car on navigue plus facilement à 100% physiquement et mentalement en iSonic.

Verdict:

The iSonic 107 Carbon isn’t the most playful or the most lively board under foot but it’s the one with the top scores in the widest range of conditions. […] It’s when the going gets though with other boards that it remains very easy with an iSonic.

L’iSonic 107 n’est pas la plus fun, ni la plus vivante aux pieds, mais c’est celle qui score le mieux dans toutes les conditions possibles. […] C’est lorsque ça devient un peu plus compliqué avec d’autres que ça reste facile en iSonic.

Pros:

+ Widest wind range
+ Stability and control
+ Glide/power ratio
+ Exit jibe
+ Complete board

Cons:

– Not as playful

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