Now I am keen on getting good equipment. That sounds easier than it actually is. During my not sponsored days I had/have more control of getting good stuff. When I was sponsored it sometimes happened stuff broke down and a trip to the shop was a monthly routine in the season. I don't want that anymore..
I reviewed all my equipment over the years for durability and fun. I made the following rules for myself:
- RDM lasts better compared to SDM;
- Low tensions lasts better compared to high tension sails;
- Thick boards last better (especially a complex thin rail with cutouts etc. are sensitive when getting the maximum out of a board);
- Pre-financial crisis boards (<2008) tend to have better materials in the boards;
- Old boards and sails are sometimes overstretched (making them perform bad);
- Old parts are sometimes hard to get.
-carbon art speed 44 (still have it :) )
-starboard hypersonic 105 wood (bargain, still going strong)
-starboard phantom 380 (I had doubts for a long time because of fragile carbon, however an old raceboard where parts are worn and hard to get was a much worse option, and the thick board is still in one piece)
-loft blade 2010 8.3 (low tension and the best quality sails I have ever seen/used)
-arrows maxx speed 6.9 (low/medium tension, bargain, not much used, has to be sailed on RDM)
-Sonntag (makes also old stuff perform)
-Aeron carbon 180-230 2013 (pretty good so far, a bit heavy though)
-Loft team edition RDM 490 (2013/2014)
-chinook alu extension & mastfoot
I am thinking of selling/trading the loft team edition mast as a 2016 upgrade. I do like the current 490/ 8.3 mast-sailcombination sometimes. But often it is sensitive for (OVER)downhaul, when looking to the sail it is definitly a bit stiff in the bottom for my liking in lightwind.
I came across this new AWESOME concept REPTILE REVERSE, TWO bendcurves in one mast. How about double chance you have a good bendcurve :) :), a 460 would fit both my sails..