> I have seen Windsurfing Magazine's reviewer comments already. They're
> pretty divided.
> So I'm looking for user comments on the Naish Icon 145.
> How well does it handle chop?
> Is it as fast as most other boards of its size and shape?
> Would an 8.5 really feel too big (if, as they say, 7.5 is optimal)?
> How much like a Formula board is it? Is it free and easy or a beast to
> Does it plane off gradually or do you have to pump it onto a plane?
I've not sailed the 145, but have sailed the 120. Had a 5.8 on it and
out in some decent chop. It handled the chop well but was a bit bumpy.
I really had to engage the rail (angle windward rail into chop) to
smooth things out. It was fast and planed up nicely. Carve jybe was
decent for a board of 64cm. and it was a hoot to jump...all that
surface area let you glide when presented to the wind. Stock fin was
great. The 5.8 powered ti up well but felt a tad small on it.
Footstraps were not too cushy but were firm and didn't twist. Heel
bumpers were the saving grace in chop. however, on the rear they
(bumpers) could have been extended further forward and kept full
thickness (they slope down moving to the front ). Padding on deck was
comfy and grippy. It would make a wiere styrofoam squeaking sound
while riding and until Ifigured out what was making that sound, it had
me thinking something was loose. the board when powered up felt like
it shrunk but when slogging volume was where I needed it. Wait till
you get it on some flat water, silky smooth and light feeling.
Best guess, my 7.3 Naish Sprint would have fit nicely on the 120 (maybe
slightly bigger fin than the 34cm it came with., so I'd say the 8.5
shouldn't feel too big as long as appropriate fin were used.
Sorry I couldn't have been more help.