Apr 3, 2009
After a month of riding the new generation Fourth Gear Flyer in everything from perfection to slop, I am pleased to say that it is great! The nylon canvas top is superb and the blue bottom fabric is excellent. Overall, this mat is an improvement on an already terrific product. Especially surprising is how comfortable the deck feels when surfing in boardshorts. I expected to be getting a canvas rash straight away. Yet after weeks of barebacking it, still no irritation. After trading off with the same size and shape Gen1 Fatty 4GF for comparison, I have concluded that I definitely prefer the new mat. It feels much more substantial with equal speed. Handling is smoother. Getting out through breaking waves is easier. Grip on the deck is ideal for subtle position changes. And it's got to be much stronger. I reckon this mat will last for decades.