The more custom feel of the rounded rails and hand-finished construction works really well. It doesn't seem to get overpowered like some boards with sharper rails, and the flex gives a lovely smooth ride even when overpowered.
Goes beautifully in the waves without compromising on the pop and soft landings needed for more aggressive manoeuvres. Straps and pads are very nice, but it'd be nice if they were adjustable for the barefoot to boot market. A slick little performer in a tight package.
Roberto Ricci, busy continuing the renaissance of ideas in his Mediterranean court, has shaped a series of five boards in the Triplex range. He's reduced the thickness of 2004's double X's, and squared the outline with slightly rounded tips, which are super thin. The bottom shape is flat to concave, dynamic flex comes from an asymmetrical reinforcement lay-up that is thicker under the heel area - the area on the board under the most stress - and a thinner leeward side to balance the load difference. This means fantastic flex, resulting in more speed potential, more control when overpowered and more comfort when riding.
All that, and we haven't even touched on the 'pop' that comes from the tri-axial glass fibre lay-up that controls the memory of the fibres and torsion of the board in the water. No handle on this puppy I'm afraid, and there's a straight-out-of-workshop unfinished look to the bottom. They are sanded by hand to reduce weight but not strength. Berti has also slapped on an anti-skid deck.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
NEAL: Graphically, a vast improvement on the 2004 Double X.
DAN: It looks stunning. They've kept it nice and simple this year and it works. Squared-off tips and back to the four fins rather than eight. It's now so much faster and nice on a wave.
NEAL: I think that's because it's hipped in shape. It's wider in the middle with plenty of body and tapered in the tips so it doesn't feel like it's gonna nose-dive all the time. It's not the snowboard construction that restricts the amount of shape a rail can have - you really notice the rail shape on this - it rides smoothly, has a much more progressive turn which you can tighten halfway through if you want, or you can draw it out depending on how much pressure you put on. It's excellent.
DAN: As the rails are a bit softer you can get away, and get a bit more out of your turn. On many twin tips with sharp rails, once you've set the rail into the turn it's difficult to make it do anything else.
NEAL: There's plenty of pop there as well considering how good it is in the waves, nice to pop more wakeboard tricks off, thanks to the wider tips. Forgiving on the landings too.
134 x 40cm
132 x 35cm
130 x 37cm
128 x 36cm
126 x 35cm
This test is in issue #13