TABOU POCKET 94L 2015 TEST REVIEW
The all new Pocket range builds on the attributes of previous years and takes the “real world “ tag to a new level with a very even outline shape.
The Pocket Wave is the “ace up the sleeve’’. Early planing, it gets you up and going through the break with ease, allowing you to pick the ramp of your choosing and blast into the air with solid pop, while the compact outline delivers excellent control in the jumps. On the wave, the all new rocker-line and modified outline shapes ensure smooth bottom turns with excellent drive and with a great ability to use either front or back foot turning. The thruster setup offers a surfy feel with slashy turns.
The all new pocket 94 is about the easiest planing wave board we have come across. Proving the point that volume alone cannot define a boards planing performance. The pocket has one of the larger plan shapes in the group but is opposite in its approach to the Simmer Style by being about the thinnest of all and having one of the smallest fin sets too. It planes early, keeps accelerating and glides through the holes efficiently. The speed and drivability of the board rivals many a freestyle wave design for thrashing around. Establishing that this board really goes early is only part of the story. It feels slim and smooth underfoot when underway whilst never getting unbalanced and disturbing your secure ride. Acceleration in the gusts is effortless and it keeps building pace until you decide to sheet out. Upwind was a doddle and the Pocket rivaled the Fanatic Triwave and Simmer Style Quantum for top honors. All this talk of early planing and charging about may have you thinking that it all must come at a price with a big sacrifice in turning. Well simply put, no it doesn’t. The ride is loose, fast and lively from the low-resistance hull and when you get it into the surf, it stays that way, offering solid bite and squirt in the bottom turn. Off the top you have a slashy choice or the option to pop some air when you didn’t think it possible. The footpads have thinned down a few millimeters from last year which aids the feedback and response a tad. As El Medano resident Alex Mussolini states:-“I am a massive Pocket fan. Key for me is how easy this board deals with very tricky conditions. I am planing earlier and faster than everyone’’
The maximizer. Earliest planing, fast and tracky to fly around from A to B, coupled with a lively reactive wave performance that keeps speed no matter what. The Pocket is a clear champion in this environment, getting the most from the least. A worthy winner!
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