Sunday, September 8, 2013

Choosing The Right Size Vector Fin For Your Board/Sail Size

Vector Fins have published these following fin selector charts for the fins available to buy and are a great guide to help you choose the right fin you need for the Board/Sail combinations you have. Factors such as sailor level, boards, sails, rider weight/size and sailing conditions all comes into play when choosing the right fin but these fin selector charts are a good base guide to start from.

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Vector Canefire Slalom

The standard for slalom racing. Fast and stable with exceptional control. Superb upwind and early planing performance. The straight leading edge and positive curved trailing edge together with the slightly wider tip section, making sure to deliver a lifty fin that will get the wider tail boards up and going. Great for flatter to choppy water conditions. A personal favourite fin of mine in the larger sizes and recommended sizes to buy are 34cm-46cm

Vector EX Slalom 

This fin was designed for the rougher, highwind Maui slalom series and has been used for speed series all over the world. It has a curved leading edge with some tip sweep. Recorded 43 knots on Maui's open ocean conditions. If you want control this is your fin, it'll keep the nose of the board down and is a great fin for lighter riders as well or sailors that want to keep the board very flat and sailing mostly downwind. The fins is more swept back for this control and older style boards with a narrower tail like these fins. A personal favourite of mine in the smaller sizes and recommended sizes to buy are 28cm-36cm

Vector Rockit Slalom 

This is one of the longest running Vector designs and this solid winner utilizes straight lines and a bit more power in the tip in a simple outline that deliver a all round performance for all conditions. It has more upwind ability than the EX but is still extremely fast off the wind with excellent control. Will fit most boards, modern as well and older style. Recommended sizes to buy 28cm-38cm

Vector Volt Slalom 

Lots of development and testing has gone into the Volt slalom fins. These fins will make your board handling a breeze and increase your speed potential. Made for "full on" slalom boards and again tested by PWA slalom sailors on different boards over a long period of time. Drive and acceleration comes from width in the base, then a moderate flex and slightly swept back profile gives you the control even in the most demanding of conditions, upwind, across the wind and downwind. A concave in the trailing edge makes them very slippy through the water. These fins are developed for racing with max pressure on the fin at all times and will perform in any condition. For racing, acceleration, jibing, top end speed and control these fins are a winner. Recommended sizes to buy are all sizes 28cm-48cm

Vector Slalom Weed

Not just a racked back pointer fin!!. Designed to perform as a slalom weed fin. The wide base ensure push/drive and the ridged profile will deliver control all with a very refined profile, especially developed for the raked fin angle

Vector Delta Speed

Speed and control, the Delta speed is a master of work and has proven to take the speed potential of any riders to the next level. With it's unique design of looking something like a shark s fin it stands out from the crowd. It didn't take many speed runs to figure out why they are so popular and in high demand from speed sailors worldwide. Aggressively raked back for board control, really wide base section for max push/drive without ever letting go and a refined foil section profile develope for high speed. Board control is at a maximum at all times as these fins don't lift the nose of the board out of the water when a gust hits, you can hold on and just keep pushing the endless top speed. Compared to a normal pointer fin you will need to use a fin 3-4cm shorter as the Delta Speed will deliver the same power. Slalom sailors have even been seen using these fins for their amazing control and top speed potential. If it's all about speed then look no further. Another personal favourite of mine and recommended to buy in all sizes 19cm-27cm

Vector Delta Speed Weed

The name says it all. High performing speed fins that will ensure not to catch and weed on the speed run. Many places with shallow water also have weed and the last thing you want is to crash at full speed sailing into it, the Delta Speed Weed is the answer for those conditions.

If you need help on choosing any of these fins please get in touch and leave a comment here and i'll reply and all these fins are available to buy at