IMHO in regard to FW as a guide in order

Feel as close as possible to PU/PE

LFT
Hellium
FST
Timbertek


In regard to durability

LFT
(then huge huge gap)
Hellium
Timbertek
FST

LFT is more that build for guys that would normally ride PU/PE personally i don't see the point the durability is not that different to a PU/PE board but your risk of a ding that sucks water is there, might as well just ride PU/PE.

All the other builds give much more durability, I've never had any issues with dings sucking water with FST, Timbertek, Hellium because the durability is such that to get an open ding you would need to smash it onto something very very hard even on rock jumps where I've banged my FST boards on rocks I've had trouble finding a scratch.

Only time I've had an open ding/crack has been with airline travel so I've quickly sealed it before surfing.

With PU/PE in the water you get a lot of dings and shatters from your body actually hitting your board, you foot, knee, head....Id say it could also happen with LFT but never happened to me with FST or Timbertech or even Helium.

Apart from airline travel second place i use to get my boards beaten up was in my car or rock jumps, both you can jump in the water with open dings/cracks without knowing, i don't get these dings anymore.

The EPS sucking water things at first was a concern or worry to me, but now its not even something i worry about, its just so rare its not worth thinking about.

LFT yeah different ball game though...

Last edited by indodreams; 01/16/19 09:22 AM.