QUATRO POWER PRO 94L
2020 TEST REVIEW
A board that can’t help but bring a smile to your face, the Quatro Power Pro is a big user-friendly wave board, whose calm serene nature belies its dynamic accessible carving prowess.
The “Power Pro” has been updated for the new season, with four sizes in the new lineup, the smallest 86 litre sibling said to possess some tail kick, whereas the larger siblings’ rockers are near flat in the rear. The idea is to increase the length of the rocker flat between the rider’s stance, which combined with the lower entry of the nose rocker, increases the Power’s stability, early planing ease and speed. Wide in the shoulders and narrow in the tail, the Power has a rounded outline, with a full rail profile further forward before tapering to a decidedly thin squashed tail. It also has an interesting bottom shape, incorporating a mix of concave along its length before ending in vee in the tail. Clean and uncomplicated in its sanded neon blue colour scheme, it is produced in the brand’s Pro ‘customised carbon’ construction, and comes complete with four quality MFC straps (with the option of inboard and outboard positions), KT signature dual density deckpads and resin transfer moulded MFC fins. The fin fixings have been chosen specifically to mitigate any tuning fuss or hassle – simply screw them in and go. And as with the Goya, the Quatro now comes with a central Powerbox, opening up the ability to vary the fin quickly as desired, including larger fins for straight-line work. You can then refine your stance on the board according to style, with shaper Keith Teboul suggesting a further forward position for earlier planing and stability, or further back for quicker turns and response.
“The Power Pro sports the fastest tail rocker in the new range, milking that extra bit of naturally aspirated early planing and fast glide over the other boards. While the Power Pro is still super agile, you’ll notice right away that it’s easier to reach your proper position in the wave fast enough. You’ll be there in time, instead of wishing you were.”
Short and round, the Power Pro carries weight well and feels comfortable underfoot at rest. It responds effortlessly as the wind increases and requires little rider input or finesse to accelerate onto the plane, the straps easy to locate in their relatively forward position on the board. Encouraging an upright posture, the Power is incredibly comfortable and willing; like a long-lost faithful friend, it feels familiar and dependable, ready and poised to do your bidding. It can also adapt to your style – push power into it and it will accelerate to greater speeds, or sail in a more upright relaxed fashion and it will glide through lulls, or cruise unflinching through violent gusts, doing nothing to put the rider off their game. In a wave environment, this constant dependable character could be put to great use, punching out through fluky winds, yet retaining its manners when the next squall hits. In cross-onshore waves, the Power Pro was a master for making the most of the conditions. The rails bite instinctively once initiated, the thin tail biting in and helping to grip whilst the fins provide the drive through the arc. Push hard and the power could be redirected at impressively tight angles, all the while feeling smooth and dynamic rather than demanding more from the rider. A true large wave board in nature, it has a flowing and friendly style, welcoming the rider to push harder but equally happy just dancing through the break if desired. On flat water the Power Pro has an easy planted riding style, releasing early and covering distance in comfort. Whilst not necessarily a blasting matador, it is a great tutor for the progressing intermediate, particularly suited for those that have designs on learning to ride waves in the future.
Volume (Quoted): 94 litres
Length: 227 cm
Width: 61.5 cm
1ft off: 39.3 cm
Bottom shape: Flat in the nose, with a subtle mono-concave starting by the shoulders and extending through the mid-section, becoming double concave by the front straps and vee introduced in between the straps, to become flat vee in the tail.
Weight (‘Naked’): 6.42 kg
Fins: MFC Freewave 21 cm (Power) + 2x MFC TF RTM 10 cm (MT)
Sail Range (Quoted): 4.2-6.0m
Sizes Available: 86,94, 105,115.
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