A new twin-tip light wind machine that represents the spirit of freeriding. The very flat scoop rocker line and the new tip design allow incredible easeof- use as well as immense grip for going upwind in the lightest breezes. The LTD version is on its own a planet; built with exclusive technology of the lightest weight; materials also found in Formula One car racing. The 10 Knots is completely built and assembled in Italy and features a full laminar wood core and bi-axial glass/TPU deck, a UVR bottom sheet and ABS side walls.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
It's Italian, it's stylish, it's got ego... it's like: 'Have you looked at me recently?'. Although a LTD edition, everything about this is what we've come to expect from RRD; very aggressive styling, it's sporty and also incredibly light weight. Designed for light wind freeriding doesn't mean this board isn't stacked with performance; in fact getting this amount of performance and saving so much weight in a board like this is particularly impressive. The rails are thin all the way round ? about 4mm ? and it feels very highly tuned. The rocker is flat and it gives an impression of speed. Overall it looks like a regular twin-tip, but scaled up, somehow without carrying any extra weight. Super stiff, it's quite a contrast to the Flydoor. Although the 10 Knots is really wide at 46 centimetres, it doesn't feel big in terms of swing weight and bulkiness in the air. It steams upwind too but is also a bit more technical to ride. Look at that in reverse: the 10 Knots offers a bit more performance to better riders looking to still throw their tricks in super low winds. You do need to think about that rocker line though; the board has so much get up and go, so much light wind performance, a lot of which comes from that really flat rocker. When you're on the buttery stuff that's fine (which you are a lot of the time in light winds) but it will be a bit more of a handful in chop. The top and bottom sheets are stunning and the foot pads and straps are beautiful. This is a really exciting light wind ride.
If you're looking for a board that you don't need to change your freestyle technique too much for and don't want a dropping wind to call a halt to your trick learning progression, then the 10 Knots is fantastic.
Good looks and great performance.
KW WOULD CHANGE:
Some may find this a bit stiff for just cruising around on.
146 x 46cm
This test is in issue #58
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