[review] Neilpryde Power M-Base
I think the MXT extender will last for a very long time?? But the base has to be replaced +- 5 times (1 time per year for me). Compare that with Chinook (locals did 5 years with chinook without replacement)...... Replace the tendon for a new one seems to me useless after 200 hours. Somehow the transfer from extender to board is very stiff, I think this causes the plastic parts to wear out faster than normal. My first power M-base has in all directions space to move, this varies between 1-5mm... With my engineering background/knowledge I know there can be extreme high peak forces in a windsurf kit, with movement between the parts there can be generated more a bigger lever with greater chance of breaking the part, I would say it is just a matter of time...
Actually I never experienced decrease of performance with some movement in the base, this is the main reason I really need to test the North Shox.XTR.
Please let this be clear, power M-base + MXT extender is still one of the best product to transfer the sail's power to the board. Only I don't believe it is intended/needed to replace the power M-base everytime. My suggestion would be to Neilpryde: Leave the MXT as it is but replace the Power M-base for a more durable design. A more durable design would fit the Neilpryde brand better. Longer lifespan would also be better for the environment. Replacing the tendon every year is a good thing, nothing more should be necessary for at least 1000 hours.
1000 hours is nothing, even crappy cars last 1000 hours ;). At least I think it should last 1000 hours, including some small maintenance.
Tip for all speedsurfingblog readers: I saw some selling the power M-base (with or without the MXT extender), my advice don't buy the power M-base used!!!! I wouldn't even dare to sell mine.
Productpage Neilpryde: http://www.neilpryde.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=117:bases&catid=51:extension&Itemid=123
Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.
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