QUATRO CUBE 95L 2017 TEST REVIEW
The Cube line-up was revised in 2016 and remains current for the new season. Designed for speed and manoeuvrability, it’s said to have a fast rocker-line, combined with a short compact outline to achieve its goal. Placed under the microscope a little more and you could argue that the Cube is almost a hybrid between modern conventional shapes and the new compact wave-board designs that have emerged on the market in the last couple of years. Produced in the brand’s PRO carbon construction with great attention to its layup detail, the Cube is supplied with top quality MFC fins and straps in addition to the brand’s own reputed dual density deckpads.
“Its fuller profile thickness through the stance compensates for the Quad’s shorter length and for moving the stance back on the board. This creates a highly dynamic and agile board with amazing low swing weight and a super quick tail. A blend of double concave and vee runs throughout the bottom and delivers instant planing along with a comfortable but firm ride.”
In our 80-85L wave-board test last year, the Cube 85 was one of the most popular contenders amongst the team … and the 95 follows on in its sibling’s footsteps! With its squaretail it retains a wide outline in the tail and has chunky rails to boot, transitioning from sharp in rear to super soft in the nose, with lots of tuck in the mid-section. In marginal winds, we found ourselves subtly shifting our weight towards the rear of the board to keep the nose high, rocking onto the back foot rather than driving through the front to release the board as the power came on. And whilst it might not be as adept as some others in the group at keeping upwind when off the plane, once going, the Cube points and makes headway upwind efficiently. Gathering speed, it feels compact and comfortable underfoot, making it easy to pick the path of least resistance through confused seas. But it was on the wave that the Cube really stole the show. Biting and gripping beautifully in the bottom turn, it seems to keep its speed effortlessly through the turn, shifting silkily from rail to rail. This is particularly noticeable in marginal winds, in cross on conditions, when the Cube makes light work of tight sections and mushy waves. When the wind increases, the 95 retains its manners well, accelerating with the extra power provided by the sail. It does begin to feel its size in powered 4.7m weather, the wide tail and chunky rails demanding a forceful style to keep the tail engaged and driving. Yet there is more than enough overlap to enable the 95 to partner the Cube 85 or even an 80L wave board, sitting pretty as a fantastic light wind wave weapon for the 80kg rider.
Quick to release and fast around the park, the Cube truly captivated those that tried it by possessing one of the smoothest carving styles on the wave, keeping its speed effortlessly through the turn.
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