Konrad SUP GLIDR Foil Review

Konrad SUP GLIDR Foil Review

Today we're taking a look at the GLIDR SUP Foil from Konrad, SUP foiling is taking off and there are a huge range of boards to choose from with shapes and designs developing rapidly, but we have to say Konrad seem to have nailed it with this one.

The one we tested was the 6'4" model.  6'4" x 28' 1/8" x 115.3L.  There are two other sizes, a smaller and a larger one (6'0" & 6'8")

On The Beach

First up, the build quality looks great.  It feels sturdy and while we haven't beat it around too much yet so far it's held up well!  The weight is really good, very light weight under your arm so great if you need to trek it a good distance to the right waves!  Finish is excellent too, it's a nice matt finish which looks very nice in the brush carbon style, and seems like it would hold up pretty well in the long term.

Design wise it's very much in line with what a lot of popular models are doing at the moment, short and stubby with good volume, and the bevelled/cutaway rails & tail.  It's got footstrap inserts for those who want them, and a very flat top deck with the raised strip down the middle of the deckpad, running right to the tail.

A nifty little feature is the foil box, which includes a whole bunch of little markings and measures you can use to really tweak your setup and ensure you're consistently able to get the same performance out of your foil and board combo.  This is a simple concept but very effective, I think we'll be seeing a lot more of it. 

On The Water

When it comes to getting on the water, the SUP GLIDR performs great.  Surprisingly stable for it's small size, took a bit of getting used to a smaller board but it was quite manageable.  Lifting off from the water was very clean and easy, those bevels really do wonders to remove that "sticky" feeling a lot of conventional SUP shapes tend to have.  Same when you have a little touchdown or two, you can bounce back off the water effortlessly.

The small platform was very controllable when up on the foil, we had it out with the Fanatic Aero foil and the placement seemed just perfect.  The footstrap inserts and deck pad were all laid out in a way that just worked, it was almost hard to get it wrong!

Overall, an excellent little foil SUP and they're great value too, with the current model coming it at $1750 which is an excellent price for a carbon board like this.  The 6'4" would definitely be a challenging board for a more novice paddler, but it handled quite well really so anyone with a good bit of SUP experience who's getting into foiling could start out on this, or likely be a little better off with the larger model.

Check out our video review here below, and if you've got any questions at all as always feel free to get in touch!  Click here to view the SUP GLIDR on the store.

Read more
Duotone Juice 2020 Kite Review

Duotone Juice 2020 Kite Review

The Juice from Duotone has been the ultimate light wind machine for a while now, and the new 2020 model doesn't disappoint. 

We've used it extensively in our kite school for lighter conditions and beginners and had a lot of success with it, as well as just having the opportunity to get out on those light days and have fun where you wouldn't otherwise.  

On the ground: 

Major changes for the 2020 model include a new lighter weight construction pushing the light wind performance further than ever.  When it comes to light wind weight is everything, and we're looking at a decent reduction here.  New light weight bladder material, an alternative panel layout removing unnecessary heavy dacron, and even thinner and lighter bridles and leader lines.  

Along with the weight reduction we see a tweaked outline for 2020. A deeper delta design with more depth in the centre of the canopy provides additional lift and grunt, and this outline runs back to the increased sweeping on the wingtips to assist with relaunch and tighter turning speed. 

Finally, the new Juice has lost it's pulleys!  Much like other Duotone kites in the range this year it benefits greatly from a more direct turning feel thanks to this change. 

In the air: 

What does this all translate to when you actually fly it?  The weight reduction is immediately noticeable in light wind, where the older Juice would have stalled out a little this one floats effortlessly and continues to generate power, especially noticeable when you're trying to get power out of a big upstroke through the window.  The difference in lift is quite significant and would extend the wind range of the kite a good couple of knots on the bottom end compared to it's predecessor. 

The combination of that deeper delta shape and lighter construction really shines on the very bottom of the range, which on a light wind kite like the Juice is exactly where it really matters!

Unsurprisingly, the removal of the pulleys does create a much more direct steering feel, something pretty well appreciated by all.  The removal of the pulleys doesn't seem to have impacted light wind performance or relaunch at all, so definitely a good design change in our opinion.

Overall, a significant improvement from the 2019 version, the new 2020 Juice continues to impress and I'm sure we'll be using it regularly over the next year both in our kite school and just for getting a few extra days on the water.

Check out our video review below, and if you have any questions or want to organise a demo locally feel free to get in touch!

 

Read more