New Reviews

New Reviews

Post by d.. » Sun, 14 Jan 2001 04:48:29

A couple of new reviews:

Bic Evolution Medium 112

Sail Range: 5.0 7.5

Optimal Sail Sizes: 5.7 6.5

Weight: 19.00 lb.

Length: 265.50 cm

Volume: 112 L

Included: Straps, pads, fin

Price: $1,199.00

EXPERT SAILOR [smile]: The boards not designed for wave sailing, but its
loose in small waves. The 112 favors expert riders in more moderate
conditions for planing freestyle maneuvers and sail tricks.

ADVANCED SAILOR [smile]: This is an early planer that provides comfort and
control through an extremely broad range of conditions. Advanced riders
concerned with drag racing may opt for the epoxy version.

FREE-RIDE SAILOR [halo]

EARLY PLANING: Wide outline and almost perfect symmetry from nose to tail
create a large, forgiving platform. Rocker is fairly flat for smooth
acceleration.

COMFORT AND CONTROL: Tucked rails forward, plenty of double-concave and vee
offer good bite through rough water. Minimal rocker keeps nose down through
chop without digging in from peak to peak.

STABILITY: Wide uncluttered deck thats fairly flat with good non-skid. Equal
nose and tail width and a wide outline throughout make it easy to stay dry.

UPWIND ABILITY: Stock Select 34-cm fin generates ample lift and power. Tail
holds width for maximum planing surface to coast through holes. Rails are
pretty parallel in the midsection for good tracking.

COMMENTS: The Evolution Medium 112 best suits less experienced free-ride
sailors who demand early planing, comfort and easy jibing. The Evolution has
the potential to take you to the next level! It coasts effortlessly through
big holes and planing transitions, keeping you on the water rather than in
it.

Bic FV1.2

Sail Range: 7.5 10.7

Optimal Sail Sizes: 8.5 10.0

Weight: 19.5 lb.

Length: 268.00 cm

Volume: 160 L

Included: Straps, pads, fin

Price: $1,575.00

UPWIND [halo]: The FV1.2 rides on the tail, rather than riding flat on the
forward rail. While it points higher than traditional race boards, it takes
some effort to hold its line. Regardless, it easily can lead the pack to the
windward mark. Best suits racers who use boat speed to increase upwind angle,
rather than raw upwind power and pinching.

DOWNWIND [halo]: Step tail and vee bottom keep the nose free for minimal
wetted surface and maximum boat speed. Substantial vee in the tail makes the
FV1.2 one of the most controllable and fastest boards off the wind in its
class. Bic offers a center strap with deck pad to increase control for
overpowered deep reaching.

JIBING [smile]: Dont expect this to jibe like your high-wind board. Its a
big race board that requires time and experience. While jibing, the FV1.2 is
on par with the other race boards, with the vee bottom tail acting as a
turning panel to help lock the board on edge. Wide outline and tail provide
great coast in ultra-light winds or if you stall the turn.

CONTROL [halo]: A unique vee bottom and step tail keep the FV1.2 balanced and
controlled at speed. If youre spinning out, Bic offers an included flap that
screws on easily to the tail to eliminate air from grabbing your fin. The
deck is slightly concave to add stability and reduce windage while going
upwind.

COMMENTS: The FV1.2 has the potential to be competitive worldwide. The stock
fin, however, doesnt do the board justice; it feels small for jumbo sails
and too flexible when the wind comes up. Overall, we were pleased with the
boards performance and feel it best suits light-air performance sailors,
racers or those looking for a controllable Formula style board.

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