Hi Guys, considering getting a monk but can't find too much info on the 2020 Glitch. Is there any major difference or better to get the Mental at a discounted price
The new 2020 Glitch is a totally new design/mould. I assume you have seen the shinn tech talk about it here (probably also on Vimeo if you want to search for it):
For my money the new pads look amazing so I'd go for the new one to get the new pads. How much price difference are you talking? For a 30% price drop you'll still get a really nice board with the Mental.
Thanks, yeah iv seen the tech talk. Just wondering if it actually works like it's supposed to without taking away from the comfort, no spray, feel etc. of the older models. I'm planning to use Apex or NTT bindings. Might try out the new straps though, not a huge fan of the click system on my current board
The Mental got me excited about riding a tt again. Can't go wrong with it, a truly satisfying ride.
Don't know if you have already bought one or the other but found another review that puts some detail between the 2 boards
Hi there. Have tested the Glitch for over 2 hours with a 12m kite on 16 knots. Location: south of England.
The board is light and extremely well constructed. Durable as it comes due to snowbord like construction. Though not sure how the gloss top will hold through use. I tested the 135x42 and HMT straps. I am 80kg.
The board is very efficient and catches speed very easily. Accelerates nicely. Also it keeps the speed when the wind drops between gusts. It is an inspiring building platform where you feel you can do more because it is easy to ride and holds you when the kite looses gas. Upwind ride is not a problem.
The magic carpet ride due to the flexi tips is still there and manages chop like a dream.
It holds edge quite well but not like a wake board. If you are going to use the biggest possible kite for the conditions, to personal best your jump hight, then a board with deeper channels would hold edge better.
The ridges keep the board loose. You can see this when switching. Also true that redirects water through the hull and away from you, pushing the board into your feet. This makes is not having to constantly step hard on your back leg and allows for a more balanced stance. Which means takes longer to fatigue improving your session quality. If old boards required 70% back foot on this one you can get away with 55% at times.
Though the redirection of water is more than expected (buckets) and have the impression that it holds back the speed. Still a speedy board but I am sure the Monarch is faster.
The board is quite flexible on the tips but the channels make the mid section stiff enough for a good efficient ride.
The straps are not good. Choose based on preference. In jumps my heels were moving around quite a bit. Keep an eye on the weight of the straps you choose as the HMT are light.
The board pops decently well and with kickers it takes off nicely due to decent tip width. Tips are rounded enough and tapered that it jibes on rails with a sufboard feel where it loads and springs you off out of the turn aided by its flexibility.
All around an enjoyable easy board that inspires. If you are a tecnical rider you will still enjoy it but would find falls short on holding a 9m kite in 30 knots.
It is a fun all arounder board, but will not disappont as a beginner board would. Still would allow you to reach your limits unless you are Kevin Langere. Being playfull it keeps the fun factor in low winds.
I have ordered one but will put the Mystic Marshall straps on.
I am not associated with Shinn. I am paying for the board full price with my hard earned money. Think it will be a board to keep for a lifetime. Also one where people can learn assisted by the easy familiar consistent feeling.
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Piston, did you by any chance compare it to the Ronson ?
No I did not. My comment is based on my email exchange with Mark Shinn.