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XTR or PU/Poly For Simi Step Up?l #2942915
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I know the XTR will be more durable. What other qualities would an XTR win over for a simi step up? I looking at just the 8.0 with the wood stringer. How would that compare, in feel, to a 4+4 deck 4 bottom PU poly construction?

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My stepup 6'6 ghost is 8.0 and it feels really good when I need it. Feels like a good PU, but obviously more durable.

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*wood stringered

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I think pu pe will feel best but the xtr will win the durability challenge

If you are going custom anyways

Then it might be a toss up cause on your pu you can order all s cloth and a denser blank ( like a US blanks blue vs. an ultralight red ) also some pu guys use excellent quality glass shops like the lab , global , or Hawkenson

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I think XTRs 8.0 would feel closer to a 6x4oz top and 4oz bottom poly.

8.C will feel more like 4x4oz top and 4oz. bottom poly.

I have the 8.C on my step up (wood stringer) and it feels really good.

I’m on the lighter side of the scale though at 160lbs.

What do you weight?


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Re: XTR or PU/Poly For Simi Step Up?l [Re: brycor564] #2942933
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I’m 160 as well. If I go poly I can get the board I want OTR. I’m looking at the lost Retro Ripper btw. Any thoughts on the glassing they use? Is it durable? I have a Flying Manta in the wired tech and really like it so I was wanting some insight from XTR users. Thanks for the replies so far.

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Stock ....lost have 4 warp and 4 e deck
4 e bottom
Arctic yellow density blank
Applecore 3mm stinger

At 160 it should be plenty strong

Plus ...lost has really tightened up the glassing / sanding ..... no issues like they once had

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I have two ghosts in 8.C and they're great.

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Aruka, I been meaning to ask, did your recent 8.C boards come out significantly lighter than your previous 8.C's?

My IF-15 came out way lighter than my Ghost in 8.C or my Tomo's in 8.C. Kinda bummed on how light it is. Only difference is that it's airbrushed and that it's the first board I got from them since last Summer. So either it's a new thing or an airbrush thing.

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My IF-15 and Gremlin don't seem significantly lighter than my Ghosts. They both came out super chunky in the rails though and I haven't clicked with either one.

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Originally Posted by retodd
I think pu pe will feel best but the xtr will win the durability challenge

If you are going custom anyways

Then it might be a toss up cause on your pu you can order all s cloth and a denser blank ( like a US blanks blue vs. an ultralight red ) also some pu guys use excellent quality glass shops like the lab , global , or Hawkenson

Sorry highjack but shrug how about xtr -VS- pu/epoxy w/ S glass I would go heavier but say 4/4 4 wave2


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I've got an XTR step up... not made for Simi Valley or anything, but it works. XTR boards have a tendency to get chattery in larger conditions with texture. PU/PE is more forgiving and dampening... but it depends upon what you're used to. The XTR I have isn't my favorite for those conditions as a result.

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Originally Posted by Aruka
My IF-15 and Gremlin don't seem significantly lighter than my Ghosts. They both came out super chunky in the rails though and I haven't clicked with either one.

My Hydroshort came out thick in the rails too. I've learned to deal with it, but it was noticeably thicker than my other boards (OTR) with the same thickness. It was also extremely light-weight. But I've gotten used to it. Might have something to do with the new machine they got a while back?


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Originally Posted by deforest
Originally Posted by Aruka
My IF-15 and Gremlin don't seem significantly lighter than my Ghosts. They both came out super chunky in the rails though and I haven't clicked with either one.

My Hydroshort came out thick in the rails too. I've learned to deal with it, but it was noticeably thicker than my other boards (OTR) with the same thickness. It was also extremely light-weight. But I've gotten used to it. Might have something to do with the new machine they got a while back?



My new 8.C is noticeable lighter than the 8.C I got last summer. It almost feels like a lightly glassed EPS. Would be fine if I my local wasn't one of the windiest spots on the island (usually 15-20mph trades blowing sideshore). I'm slowly getting used to it, but my older ones are perfect in the wind. It's also messing with how I'm going to order my Rusty blade. Don't want to order 8.0.

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Originally Posted by Racer1
Originally Posted by deforest
Originally Posted by Aruka
My IF-15 and Gremlin don't seem significantly lighter than my Ghosts. They both came out super chunky in the rails though and I haven't clicked with either one.

My Hydroshort came out thick in the rails too. I've learned to deal with it, but it was noticeably thicker than my other boards (OTR) with the same thickness. It was also extremely light-weight. But I've gotten used to it. Might have something to do with the new machine they got a while back?



My new 8.C is noticeable lighter than the 8.C I got last summer. It almost feels like a lightly glassed EPS. Would be fine if I my local wasn't one of the windiest spots on the island (usually 15-20mph trades blowing sideshore). I'm slowly getting used to it, but my older ones are perfect in the wind. It's also messing with how I'm going to order my Rusty blade. Don't want to order 8.0.


Did they give you 8.C Team this time around maybe?

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