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Airush Vector 138 Test Review

Airush Vector with Sam Medysky

A board that is perfectly paced for freeride and fun freestyle

 

THIS TEST FIRST APPEARED IN KITEWORLD #104 IN MARCH 2020

 


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TESTED BY: CHRIS BULL AND JIM GAUNT. FIND THEIR DETAILS AND TEST SCORE BREAKDOWNS HERE.

 

 

TEST TEAM NOTES:

This is a shift in focus from the heavier and gruntier Apex. Consistently fun, of all the boards we’ve ridden this season, this one has ticked the most boxes. The slightly larger rocker means that it’s less racey and more forgiving than the Apex. Thanks to a biax carbon layer, a softer flex pattern along with a mild single concave in the base, the Vector delivers a light, energetic and super-fun freeride experience.

 

 

DIFFICULT TERRAIN MADE EASY

Riding in Cape Town usually means we spend a lot of time getting over the kickers and white water. The Vector handles the barrage like a champ, gliding over the foam and pre-jumping the ramps with ease. Big set coming? The Vector has got your back. Then, when you’ve selected the right kicker and chosen to send it, there’s incredible drive and biting performance to be had. You can punch through your back foot and edge as hard as you like. Nothing sticky, here. Even though the Apex and the Vector are the same length, the Apex feels like there’s more board in the water (which is why we like it for holding grip), but the Vector comes off the water with less technique and is a lot lighter.

The rails are quite thin and on a full heelside carve the Vector holds grip incredibly well throughout the entire turn with no drifting whatsoever. There’s also enough flex behind your back foot so it can feather out if you’re a bit over aggressive. Switching on a dime, going toe-to-heel edge takes minimal effort due to the easy release of the fins. When you change direction and load up your back foot the board responds quickly and confidently.

 

Vector board detail

 

ALL LEVELS…

As it’s well rockered the Vector could handle boots with the reinforced inserts, but a pure wakestyler will want more channels and solid assurance ridden flat on landings, however, if you want to take a step towards that style of riding the Vector would be a nice introduction to that world. When your weight is in the middle of the board and the fins have released, you still don’t feel like you’re skidding. We’d have no worries to also give this to someone who’s just finished their lessons, purely because you don’t have to think too much about what you’re doing. Simply put some power behind your back foot and it’ll start tracking effortlessly.

 

Kiteworld review highlights:

 

 

SUMMARY:

We really like playful boards with a user-friendly rocker that don’t stick to the water. The Vector has obviously been tested and iterated countless times and the result is a board that is perfectly paced for freeride and fun freestyle.

KW LIKED: Very easy to ride smoothly in even difficult conditions.

KW WOULD CHANGE: Some riders will want a bit more solid weight underfoot.

VECTOR BALANCE POINTS:
Build quality: 9
Fixtures and fittings: 10
Speed: 7.5
Pop: 7.5 – easier to initiate than Apex
Drive: 7.5
Flex: 7
Comfort: 8.5
Looseness: 6.5
Grip: 7.5
Upwind: 8
Slider proof: No
Boots applicable: Yes. Perhaps more thickness would be ideal for heavy use
Freeriding: 9
Freestyle: 7
Ease of use: 9

SIZES: 140 x 43, 138 x 42 and 135 x 41cm

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