Quatro LS Quad 90 Premium 2013 TEST REVIEW
The Quatro Quad LS is Levi Siver’s signature quad fin model designed to go anywhere and do anything. Sitting in the range alongside the Thruster model (tested last issue) it’s intended to offer slightly more grip for bigger, faster surf. This is a new shape for 2013 and is available in sizes from 72L right up to 110L.
With a rounded nose with a round pintail, this is one of the longer boards on the test and it also has plenty of width across the middle as well as in the nose. The deck is quite flat and it has deep cushioned footpads as well as quality MFC (Maui Fin Co.) straps fitted. The bottom features double concaves through the middle, that blend into vee in the tail and there’s a moderate amount of rocker in the nose and tail. It comes with a MFC QS-350 quad fin set-up that consists of two 9cm Mini-Tuttle fins, along with two 16cm US fins in the back. The Premium construction is claimed to be lightweight and highly durable and this model was the lightest on test despite its extra length and volume. (All weights quoted inclusive of straps and fins.)
It feels quite voluminous, as you’d expect for 90L but the float is well-packed as the board doesn’t feel big underfoot. It lifts smoothly and planes early, with a well-planted and tracked ride. From the straps it’s very comfortable thanks to the thick pads that cushion the ride. It grips well through carves and holds its speed through the bottom turn in larger waves. Off the top this quad gives good options for a variety of manoeuvres – from looser smacks and hacks to high-speed full-rail cutbacks. It’s very adept in the air and the cushioned pads soften any big landings.
The Quatro Quad LS is very capable in all conditions but it definitely favours the bigger and better surf, particularly fast sideshore conditions, where it really excels and has the edge over the Thruster LS, which is slightly better in bumpier or smaller side-onshore waves.
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