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Foil Reviews2020 Foil TestsDUOTONE FREE 4’1”X18 ¼” Review

DUOTONE FREE 4’1”X18 ¼” Review


The Duotone Free Foil deck has a simple low profile design with a compact outline and durable twintip style construction. The Free comes with a four point, fixed connection point for any standard foil four bolt base plates. Foot straps and inserts are included with three or two strap set ups. Overall this deck performas well for kite foiling with both the Spirit Carve and Spirit Surf wings. There’s plenty of early planing ability with wide and flat surface area and the thin rails make it light and easy to manoeuvre the board into position for water starts. The Free is designed with more thickness and stiffness through the flat section at the tail and mid-section. The nose scoops up slightly as the deck thins out past the front foot section. It’s stiff enough to keep things reactive underfoot but there’s a bit more dampening and bend if pumped hard on the front foot compared to thicker foam core, epoxy wrapped constructions. The Free also features a unique, cork-rubber top sheet that provides good comfort and grip for strapless riding. These thin decks are a bit harder to spot on the water if the foil gets away from you and some riders felt the rubber deck felt stiffer than some of the more cushioning EVA foam pads. Others test riders didn’t notice any drawbacks and preferred the low profile and solid grip of the cork rubber blend. Overall the Free matches the solid and accessible performance of the new Duotone Spirit system. 

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