May 7, 2009
More Gen2 4GF Impressions
I’m still really enjoying my black and blue mat. It just gets better and better as the fabric becomes increasingly supple. What stands out is how much control it offers with very low air volume. Due to the stiffer deck and slightly firmer bottom, I can ride much juicier waves using far less inflation. Yet speed is as good as the thinner Gen1 mats. So now I can get the hovercraft feeling with accompanying effortless velocity in situations where I would previously have puffed up my mat to significant extent to avoid speed wobbles and spinouts.
Also, when I need grip on the wave face, I now bunch up the deck material on the forward tops of the outer pontoons, rather than squeezing the sides or corners. The new canvas-like nylon top tends to promote squeezing more pressure into the mat due to being thicker and less pliable. This is great because I can remain in the Sphinx position while adjusting pressure and not drag my hands and elbows on the water.
Plus I can control inflation in each outer pontoon independently this way, so as to not have to wait for air to pass through the chambers to inflate or deflate the rail of my choosing. The deck grip is still ideal for my needs. And after riding the hell out of it for two months the "Blue Groove" (as I call it) still looks brand new.
Overall, I’m completely stoked on the performance, durability and versatility of my black and blue Fatty!