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  • #31
    6'0" Unibrow has slightly more than a litre LESS volume but the rails are finer due to domed deck. I put my 6'6" up against its Dominator cousin at same length and it was a lot finer in all dimensions. I have dropped from riding boards 3 to 4 inches longer for the Unibrow and yet I found Dominator in same length great in really small (mal or fish) waves excellent but too corky. Unibrow perfect in small and up to 5 or 6 foot so far. Both were 6'6" as I thought I could maybe get 6'4" but that is too small. According to calculator I am right on lower limit for age and ability. I was tempted to upsize but I am glad I didn't. I don't think you'll go wrong with Unibrow at 6'. We are same weight BUT I probably carry a lot more years at 54!

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    • Phill
      Phill commented
      Editing a comment
      I checked out a Unibrow at the weekend. I was surprised just how refined the rails were. It seemed like the most foiled out 2"3/8 on any Firewire since the Flexfire and Taj going by the visible width of the balsa.

  • #32
    Board size: 5' 10"
    Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 76kg
    Ability: Int
    Happy with the size?: Yep
    Comments:

    Been procrastinating about this one for a while now. What size and what did I want it to do? Eventually found a 2nd hand 510 which is in line with my 508 Dom. I was originally concerned with the 2.5" thickness of this model but it's not really a problem. The board's perfect size for me, in fact it's probably the best daily driver I've ever bought, I can see it replacing my Dom & Activator in time too so I'll recover the cost of buying one easy.

    What I really dig about the board is the refinement through the tail it gives a strong connection between the the fins and your feet, A Dominator but better, a fantastic board. Just need more waves once we get through this dismal summer.

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    • #33
      Board size: 5' 6"
      Height: 5' 6"
      Weight: 150 lbs
      Ability: Int/Adv
      Happy with the size?: Sure am
      Comments: I fell in love with my UB. From 2-3ft slop with the Quad fin setup it grovels with the best of them giving me ampel speed through the flat sections but also feeling super loose allowing me to slide the tail out. Also handles extremely well in head to over head surf with the tri fin setup. Not to much volume so I can duck it nice and deep if yah caught inside on that clean up set. Havent got to surf it in well overhead surf yet , still waiting on that hurricane swell to hit the outerbanks. But overall I am extremely pleased with the performance of UB.

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      • #34
        If the 6'0"Dom felt too big then you'd be looking no longer than that length in a UB. It does seem low volume for your weight but if you like it, great.

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        • #35
          Board size: 5'9"
          Height: 5'9"
          Weight: 170lb, 77KG
          Ability: Intermediate
          Happy with the size?: Yes, so far
          Comments: Finally after a 2 month wait for the board plus a 3 week flat spell, I finally got to ride my Unibrow this morning in 2-3 foot beachies. Wasn't the best surf but enough to provide some comment. Coming off a 5'8" Hellfire, two words come to mind in comparing the Unibrow, smooth and predictable. I haven't found the speed in the board yet like others but I think that is just a foot adjustment for me and some playing with fins. The volume is perfect, not too much when paddling into a steeper face and just enough to get over a fat section to make the next face. The TimberTek looks and feels good, great work Firewire!
          Once I get a few more varied rides I'll add an update. I have a point I love to surf so can't wait to see how it goes there.

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          • #36
            i should have went 5'9... but it might work out that my 5'10 works great in full winter gear so we'll c.. next board might be a 5'10 chubby for light rubber seasons

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            • #37
              Sorry, should have added that I am surfing Qld, Australia, so no full winter gear for me (boardies and vest) or I would be going up a size or two, so you are probably on the money kdropin if you are around the same size.

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              • #38
                no i think i def needed a smaller one if i'm riding in light rubber.. almost spitting hairs though

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                • #39
                  Need advice on whether to pick up a used 6'6" FST Unibrow.

                  I'm a 46 year old, 220lb / 99kg intermediate surfer comfortable in chest to head high waves. I surf 2-3 times a week. My daily driver has been a 6'8" Spitfire, despite having several custom shaped boards in my quiver, and I've been thinking about getting something with more nose lift and less volume for bigger conditions.

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                  • #40
                    My advice is go for a 6'8" as it is same as 6'6" in thickness. I'm 85kg and ride 6'8" and it is mid range volume for me. A friend closer to your size is on 6'10" and loves it from 2 to 6 foot. At 46 (I'm a decade in front of you) you will not regain the strength of your youth so foam and the paddle power it brings are your best surfing buddy from now on. If you are happy with paddling of Spitfire then go with a Unibrow of similar or slightly lower volume as you will ride it in better quality waves so no need to grovel over flat, fat sections or paddle into knee high wind swell.
                    6'8" Spitfire 48.7 litres and 6'6" Unibrow 40.4 litres that is 20% less foam for floatation. Whereas 6'8" is 42.1 litres and 6'10" is 45.6 litres. I would run your statistics through the volume calculator on the home page.

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                    • #41
                      how about a 5'11 guy for 95kgs (about 210 lbs) surfing in north brittany France, the boar is meant to be used from shoulder/waist high to max over head... 6'6? 6'8?

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                      • #42
                        Hey Yvibzh, wearing 5/4mm rubber in winter? Age? Surfing ability? These factors come into the equation. I am 55 years old, 85kg and surf 4 to 5 times a week. In winter a 3/2 mm steamer or 2mm suit. So I ride a 6'2" Potatonator up to 3 foot and then get the 6'8" Unibrow out for serious point break waves and bigger beach breaks. I have ridden the Unibrow in 2 foot and it is very good (a little too long on backhand) However, on bigger more powerful waves it is very handy. At 95kgs and rubber then maybe 6'8" but check using the Firewire volume calculator on the home page. If I was 35 then I'd probably be on 6'2" Unibrow. Plus I always like a floaty board - before I bought Firewire boards I would always add 5kgs to my weight so the shaper thickened the board. A friend (similar size and age) has been riding 3" thick Mcoys in locally,Hawaii and Indonesia since the 1980s and loves them - you've just got to get a good duck- diving technique. I am not a fan of the "potato-chip" boards that are copies of pro models - they're great if you work out all day. Alas some of us work (not work out) and are no longer the fit, skinny teenagers we used to be!

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                        • #43
                          Hi Jambo, yep definitely wearing 5/4 rubber in winter plus hood gloves and boots sometimes...
                          You hit a good point speaking of the PN as well as I'm looking to it in 6'4 for small days!!! you confirmed I should be looking for the 6'8 UB as a bigger daily driver in fact... and can't surf as often as I would like... kids, work, tides... make that much more difficult than in the past...

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                          • #44
                            Board 5.9 Uni
                            height: 6'1"
                            180lbs (ish)
                            Int/Adv
                            age: 38
                            fins: SF4 Quads
                            very happy with size.
                            Ive had this board for over a year now and although i have about 7 firewires, i only surf the UNI and a 5.3 BP now as they cover everything. I have surfed the UNI in heaving stand up barrelling slabs to 2 ft mush and it goes so well. As a lover of the DOM i find the UNI is the closest whilst making it more performance orientated. Paddles extremely well, turns on a dime, you can snap turns and throw the tail or do a nice flowy controlled cutback. It has plenty of hold when it gets good and plenty of speed for when its rubbish.

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                            • #45
                              606 uni, 100kg/220lb, 191cm/6'3", intermediate ability, 32 years old, MB2 thruster. Very happy with size and performance. Would also be happy on a 608, but for waves under chest height the length would be too much. Great compliment to a potato type board.

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