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The majestic 2020《SLINGSHOT COASTER》

J-RAD

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AR
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It's here... and I touched it... and. I. liked. It.

We just got a couple of the in stock and I couldn't go to bed until I unpackaged one. The packaging was new... no more bubble wrap. It's safely cocooned in a expanding honeycomb cardboard sleeve. They do an incredible job with their packaging. Once unwrapped I was actually surprised by the differences from the 2019 models.
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The most striking difference is the color scheme. The red and orange are striking and the finish is actually a matte rather than gloss. I like it a lot.
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The traction pad has changed to what they term to be a corduroy texture mat that's supposed to provide a ton of grip when wet. I see it providing a lot more direct contact with your feet.
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It also seemed thinner than I remembered. I only had a 5'0" 2019 Coaster to compare it to which is actually slightly thinner than the 2019 5'3". After comparing the 2, the new 2020 5'3" was actually nearly 1/8" thinner. A part of which comes from the new traction mat being slightly thinner. At it's thickest point using my calipers I read 1.08". I did have to eyeball it a bit.

Was thinner lighter? Maybe. I weighed both the 2019 5'0" and the new 5'3" and they were identical. But I don't have the weight of a 2019 5'3" to compare. I doubt it would equate to more than a few ounces.
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This of course made me curious if how it might fit in a wakeboard rack? Here's the answer:
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Not quite... although, it would if not for the rubber gripper teeth on the end. If course mine are the wakeboard/surf racks and I don't believe the Yamaha Deluxe Swivel Racks have those extra bits. So somebody buy one if these and test it for me. 😉

The last difference is addition of a kick fin. It's small, but it's there and might appeal to those looking to get a little tricky.
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I am really digging on the new features. I think there all great ways to makesomething that was already great even better! These boards are all available now on our website. Message me for your jetboaters discount.
 

ZGhost

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Very nice write, thanks for explaining the differences. Couldn’t find this easily anywhere on the web.
 
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