This is the best seller in the Flydoor range. The Flydoor M
offers riders of average weight excellent light wind
performance combined with good control in gusts, thanks
to optimised flex zones. The board is still narrow enough to
ride toe-side or blind with ease. To make the board this
agile the fin set-up has been altered from last year to a
classic four fin set-up. The concave bottom helps to get
even better upwind performance, which makes the board
perfect for riding course races with comfort for all riders
and has more practicality and ease-of-use than a big
directional race board, which you'd have to learn to gybe.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
Blimey, you can see why they've called it a door! It's very
big and square and different to other light wind boards
that we've tried that seem to be scaled-up versions of
smaller twin-tips. This has incredible parallel rails with
just a slight indent to the outline in the middle. Very flat,
there is just a slight rocker, so common sense says this
thing is gonna float like a boat, and it does. Power your kite
up slightly and you're off! You really do get going early on
this, but it's not too much of a bumpy ride. Somehow, it's
very easy to get a rail engaged and ride around as normal.
It definitely feels big, but the funny and most surprising
thing is that you can actually load it up and get good pop.
Not the sort of loading you'd do for boosting, but for pop
that you don't need the kite for. Leave the kite where it is,
load and pop and you fly up - much higher than you'd
expect for a board of this size and nature. Don't start
thinking this is a light wind freestyle board; it's not, but
you can certainly try things in the lightest of airs and have
a lot of fun. It's only when you crash and fly your kite from
stationary that you realise how little power was in your kite
in the first place. For boosted jumps it's hard to hold the
edge as the kite moves up through the window and it feels
big hanging off your feet as you dangle under the kite. Fast
landings are quite technical as you're trying to steady
something the size of a viking war ship as you hit the
water, but lower speed pops and rotations are easily
stomped. Straight line speed is excellent and it's actually
manoeuvrable enough to ride in toe-side and tanks
upwind, so the application is good.
If you've got some cash burning a hole in your back burner
and you want a new toy to get out and having fun in light
winds, this is a great buy. Stunning build quality, great
fixtures and fittings, lovely pads and straps and we've
certainly enjoyed having it in the office to get us out for
after work sessions when we'd otherwise be struggling. If
you want a light wind board to practice serious tricks on
then look elsewhere.
KW LIKED: Surprising fun factor.
KW WOULD CHANGE: Make it better for boosting jumps.
SIZES: XL: 170 x 50, L: 165 x 46, M: 155 x 42.5 and S:
140 x 41cm
This test is in issue #36