View Full Version : Rapid Fire or FST
04-16-2012, 08:54 AM
can't decide between the Rapid Fire or FST
04-16-2012, 09:44 AM
FST smoother flex, greater strength
RF, springier and more rapid flex, lighter weight, but more standard strength in the rails and bottom
04-16-2012, 09:50 AM
hmmm my only fear about the rapid fire is that its going to ding waaaay faster than the FST
04-16-2012, 09:59 AM
Yeah the RF has more potential for dings on the rails and bottom because it lacks the high density skins of the FST, plus the balsa rails are solid. I've had mine stood on it's nose in the hallway after a surf while I was unloading the car. It's fallen over onto the wooden floor onto the rail and come off without a mark.
The RF would have cracked a rail in that instance I'm pretty sure, but the advantage with the RF is the repair process is much similar without having to deal with high density skins for the deck and bottom and balsa in the rails. It's just simple epoxy, fibreglass and maybe some q cell unless you damage the bamboo skin (which is tough as hell).
The RF is also a bit cheaper, but I'm happy to pay the extra for the FST. I love the feel of it under foot and the added durability is a great bonus. Others swear by the RF.
04-16-2012, 10:06 AM
Is the potatonator available in FST in the US?
04-16-2012, 10:09 AM
I think Chris may have said that it's available as a special order in FST if you REALLY want to go FST over RF, but at retail it's currently only RF. I assume the FST builds are pretty focused on the demand for the MB and HR models currently.
04-16-2012, 10:12 AM
ahhh ok thanks brother
04-16-2012, 10:26 AM
04-16-2012, 07:47 PM
Never ridden RF, all 3 of my board are FST which I chose for the added durability (good for travelling too). I'm happy with the FST and the parabolic rail concept and the flex pattern that comes with it, it adds a nice whip out of the bottom turn.
04-17-2012, 10:53 AM
good stuff folks!! thanks for the words!!
04-18-2012, 06:11 AM
FST. It costs more so it must be better mustn't it? :)
It's all in the eye of the beholder. Two different feelings. I personally prefer FST but if you ask Core it's all about Rapidfire.
04-20-2012, 10:05 PM
I got both technologies. I would say go with the FST. Better feel and stronger. My RF board recently suffered a ding that cracked the bamboo. That bamboo is a pain in the butt to fix!! It seems to take a long time to dry for repairs.
core personal training
04-20-2012, 10:56 PM
rapidfire rapidfire rapidfire
04-21-2012, 02:18 AM
I'm going to go with Crossfire!
Had forgotten about that!!!.Domage crossfire is not offered in more models!!
04-21-2012, 06:00 AM
Dominator and Sweet Potato coming soon, with a recycled filament cloth and Entropy's organic bio-resin. New Enviroflex range. Looks really nice!
04-21-2012, 12:39 PM
fst rf ether way if its gonna break its gonna break.BUY ANOTHER ONE!!!
06-09-2012, 03:59 PM
convinced another of my friends to go firewire but he wants the potatonator in fst.. we're on long island ny and he checked out bunger and lb surf and they said they dont have/cant get it.... how can he/any way he can make it happen? thanks!
06-09-2012, 04:15 PM
There's a 6'6" fst on surfride.com. I have what seems like the only other one in fst on the planet coming my way. It's a 6'2 off the shelf - can't wait.
Hopefully not . I'm expecting a 5'8" FST as well!!!;)
06-10-2012, 04:35 AM
Me too, I'm already suppose to have my FST Potatonator in my hot little hands but still no sign of her yet, ringing the surf shop every other day but no joy!
06-11-2012, 08:55 AM
surfgumby feel free reach out to the currumbin offices. Their contact is on our homepage.
06-11-2012, 02:06 PM
Thanks Chris, rang Kent at NNS in Gerringong yesterday & he assures me she should be ready to rock for this weekend! Shipment is in their wharehouse and will be sorted soon!
06-15-2012, 12:02 PM
good stuff!! reason for optimism!!
let us know how it goes!
07-27-2012, 10:13 AM
Any thread about how to deal with ding repair for fst and rf? Like balsa rail or bamboo deck? Same as any other boards? Thanks
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