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Pros Manufactured with 100% hydropower, beautiful graphic, playfulFloaty, precise edging, good construction, playfulLightweight, well-made, fun, responsive, user-friendly, made in the USAUser friendly, turning experience, versatile, playfulGreat value, versatile, stable, beautiful graphic
Cons Back half of the heel side edge feels like it can slightly disengage under certain circumstancesTricky to size, unappealing graphicBelow average floatTop sheet scratches easyCan slip on hardback
Bottom Line Power meets finesse for performance in all conditionsIf we could only buy one, this would be itBlow past your friends with this lightweight modelHigh performance embedded with a consistently playful charterIndustry leading value; we're certain of that
Rating Categories Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto Type Two United Shapes Cadet Jones Explorer
Edging (25%)
7
10
9
9
8
Float In Powder (20%)
8
9
7
7
8
Stability At Speed (20%)
8
7
8
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9
Playfulness (20%)
7
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10
9
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Pop And Jumping (15%)
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Specs Capita Kazu Kokubo... Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto... United Shapes Cadet Jones Explorer
Shape Directional Directional Asymetrical-Twin Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Hybrid- Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber
Flex Medium Stiff Soft-Medium Medium Stiff
Weight 5.4 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.22 (lb) 6.44 (lb)
Tested Length 157cm 151cm 157 156cm 159cm
Available Lengths 151, 154, 157, 160cm 151, 154, 157cm 152,154,157,160,153X,155X,158X,161X,164X 144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162cm 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W cm
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Wood Carbon-wrapped wood Wood A11x (poplar, bamboo) Wood
Waist Width 25.5cm 26.6cm 26.3 25.6cm 25.4cm
Radius 8.4m 6.5m 7.6 toe/7.3 heel 7.5m 7.5m
Taper 9mm 6m 0 20mm 0mm
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