FCS II split keel quads

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Pops started the topic in Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 12:08pm

I'm thinking about getting a set of FCS split keel quads for my short/flat/wide-tailed quad.
Anyone used them?
Like em, hate em, indifferent?

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Pops Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 12:08pm

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udo Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 12:16pm

Popular fin it seems - FCS out of stock
Natural necessity showing avail.

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Pops Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 12:32pm

Yep, out of stock on their website but I've found a shop with them in.

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Sprout Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 12:44pm

Love em in baked potato. Fun using just as twin too. Highly recommend.

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Pops Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 3:49pm

That's good enough for me!

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seaslug Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 6:47pm

I love them Pops in my Yahoo Impersonator

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groundswell Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 8:18pm

I use futures controllers in my round tail fish goes great and the fins are split keels.

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udo Monday, 31 May 2021 at 8:59pm

Pops have you tried them yet ?

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Pops Tuesday, 1 Jun 2021 at 9:43am

Got them for my birthday; the mrs wouldn't let me open them til this morning.
I'll give them a whirl on the back end of this swell and write some thoughts.

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zenagain Tuesday, 1 Jun 2021 at 11:21am

Happy birthday Pops. Hope you get a nice set wave.

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Pops Tuesday, 1 Jun 2021 at 11:35am

Thanks Zen.
Perfect conditions this morning... banks didn't come to the party but I'll still chalk that up as a win.

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Pops Tuesday, 22 Jun 2021 at 12:42pm

Haven't had much time of late to post a review, and haven't had many sessions on the board I bought them for (surf's been good enough often enough to not bother with that board much) so I haven't entirely bonded with them yet, but a few initial thoughts after a couple of sessions last week:
For context, the board I'm using them in is short, fat and flat (bugger all rocker) - I can't remember the exact dimensions but it would be about 5'2, 21ish wide, something like 29-30 L, fairly deep single-to-double concave. Couple of mates have nicknamed it the paddleable skimboard. I'm about 5'9, probably low 70s kg, reasonably fit and just ticked over to 30y.o., decent but entirely unremarkable surfer

With a "normal" set of quad fins (ie outside fins from a medium size medium stiffness thruster set, generic quad trailers) the board tends towards being skatey/slidey/slippy, which can be fun or frustrating depending on wave quality/my mood. Stupidly fast and easy to generate speed though.

With the split keels, I've noticed the board stiffen up markedly, hold/grip a lot better and hold its speed even better. I can (and need to) push a lot harder through turns, and there's just a hint of trackiness (getting used to the fins and adjusting foot placements might help with that). The type of turn it lends itself too has gone from pivot-and-slide to hooooold-fin release.
All in all a pretty big difference. In gutless springtime burgers (what I originally bought the board for) I'd probably go for the "traditional" quad setup. For steeper small down-the-line type runners I'd go the split keels.

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markxxx Tuesday, 22 Jun 2021 at 8:58pm

Always found split keels like the Future controllers a little tracky in my groveler. Chucked some AMT twins in the front with the controller rears, magic set up in subpar conditions.

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groundswell Tuesday, 6 Jul 2021 at 1:14am

I used to put in futures f4 fins in heel side of my board and controllers on my toe side was great for down the line speed and then would carve a nice cutback with ease..That board had a lot of toe in(at the plugs) than regular fish though.Round tail made it feel really nice through turns.
The controllers would get rid of drifty tail during drops etc.

But then again i like fish. when i first got a fish it took a while to work out the board.

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Pops Tuesday, 6 Jul 2021 at 9:50am

cool idea groundswell. I should try something like that.