Stepping up from plastic

8 years 10 months ago #9074 by Hawkey
Hi all,
I currently have a light weight prs plastic. My question is, are all glass boats going to be a step up from plastic or are some entry level glass ski's not going to be that much better in terms of performance?

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8 years 10 months ago #9075 by AR_convert
Sounds like you have seen some big improvement over the winter ;) ready for the step up to composite already?!

From PRS to say glass Epic V10sport you will notice about .5 - 1km hour difference and a much easier boat to accelerate (about 5-6 kilo's lighter) I have a PRS and reckon it's about as stable as my sport was, but my opinion may not be valid as I have improved quite a bit since moving up from the sport a couple of years ago.

The PRS is a damn good ski for a plastic, I mean an elite level paddler beat most of the field of composites in the Bridge to bridge race in Perth!

Reasons to upgrade from PRS to glass or better

Lighter to carry (easier to lift on and off car)
Acceleration, less weight to get moving.
Stiffer hull (better acceleration and better power transfer)

Come down to Mandurah one Saturday morning, 7am at the Dome and have a paddle with the boys there, lots of ski's to try. The Think rep (Adam) is also down that way and would have a ski for you to demo. Get on the Mandurah Ocean Club page to contact him.

Current - Carbonology"Flash" Vajda "Infusion II K1" Previously ~Finn"Molokai Mk II"~Knysna "Vantage Pro K1' Carbonology "Vault"~Epic"V10L & Sport"~ [/b]Fenn"Mill Double" ~Spirit"PRS"~Finn"Affinity"
Always looking for the next boat :)

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8 years 10 months ago #9076 by Dicko
Replied by Dicko on topic Re: Stepping up from plastic
In terms of flat water speed the prs is reasonably fast. Probably similar to a Fenn xt. The biggest gain is downwind. Because of the relatively short length, flex and weight most composite skis are a lot faster or at least require less effort to catch runs. Have you tried any composites yet?

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8 years 10 months ago #9080 by gixer
Replied by gixer on topic Re: Stepping up from plastic
I started on a prs and found it to be a great ski to learn on before going to a glass xt. As the other guys said, you will notice carrying the ski a lot easier and it will surf a LOT better. The responsiveness in turning and catching runs is greatly improved. All round it makes for a good step up.

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8 years 10 months ago #9081 by Hawkey
Replied by Hawkey on topic Re: Stepping up from plastic

AR_convert wrote: Sounds like you have seen some big improvement over the winter ;) ready for the step up to composite already?!

From PRS to say glass Epic V10sport you will notice about .5 - 1km hour difference and a much easier boat to accelerate (about 5-6 kilo's lighter) I have a PRS and reckon it's about as stable as my sport was, but my opinion may not be valid as I have improved quite a bit since moving up from the sport a couple of years ago.

The PRS is a damn good ski for a plastic, I mean an elite level paddler beat most of the field of composites in the Bridge to bridge race in Perth!

Reasons to upgrade from PRS to glass or better

Lighter to carry (easier to lift on and off car)
Acceleration, less weight to get moving.
Stiffer hull (better acceleration and better power transfer)

Come down to Mandurah one Saturday morning, 7am at the Dome and have a paddle with the boys there, lots of ski's to try. The Think rep (Adam) is also down that way and would have a ski for you to demo. Get on the Mandurah Ocean Club page to contact him.


I'll try and get down to Mandurah sometime for a paddle. You get some great down wind runs down that way. Is the Mandurah Club the same one that Colin Bartley from the oc club formed?

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8 years 10 months ago #9082 by Hawkey
Replied by Hawkey on topic Re: Stepping up from plastic

Dicko wrote: In terms of flat water speed the prs is reasonably fast. Probably similar to a Fenn xt. The biggest gain is downwind. Because of the relatively short length, flex and weight most composite skis are a lot faster or at least require less effort to catch runs. Have you tried any composites yet?


I haven't tried any composites yet. I'm trying to narrow down some options of what might be suitable, in my price range, and likely to find 2nd hand. At this stage I'm thinking (in noparticular order)
xt, v10 sport, stellar ses sport, custom kayaks horizon. Any others I should add or take off this list?
Btw I'm 188cm tall and only about 75kg so don't know if this makes much difference in choosing a ski.

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8 years 10 months ago #9089 by Dicko
Replied by Dicko on topic Re: Stepping up from plastic
Definitely try the Carbonology Vault. Reasonably stable, reasonably fast.

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8 years 10 months ago #9108 by thebigadski
If you plan on heading down to Mandurah, yes the Mandurah Ocean Club is the club which Colin is involved.

You missed the most under-rated boat off your list - the THINK EVO II

Yep, I'm a member of MOC & also the THINK rep in WA and have boats to demo when ever suits.

Just jump on the THINK (au) webpage and follow the link to the WA dealer to arrange a time that suits.

I'd be more than happy to go over any questions you have and to show you what paddling options we have down this way.

Cheers

Adam

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