“One of the most secure bottom turns in the business”
“Compact, settled ride with good grip from the fins makes it a comfortable board in a straight line”
“Surprised how easygoing it is for a board that’s pitched as such a radical riding machine”
T he KT Quad is focused more on cross-shore riding than the Levi version, and is designed to provide “fast, full-rail and tight radius turns”. Quality of fittings is very good and the graphics are eye-catching to say the least!
At 7.55kg complete the Quatro is actually the second heaviest of the group. It has a moderate max width of 55.5cm and a relatively narrow tail width of 33cm.
Despite the hardcore sales pitch the Quatro is an instantly likeable and surprisingly easy board to sail. It has a very settled, planted ride, with good drive from the fins and plenty of bite to push against when underpowered. It sits quite flat in the water, and while top speed is a little limited, acceleration and ‘get up and go’ are fine for a board of this size and style. Not class leading, but enough to get you off the beach and hitting the first ramp at speed without too much effort.
Performance in onshore conditions is equally matched. It isn’t standout in these conditions, but is nevertheless competent at everything coupled with an easygoing character. The bottom turn isn’t the tightest or snappiest, but is very secure, solid and tight enough for most needs. Top turn is good, allowing you to grip or slip at will, and it’s great for wave tricks such as takas where it seems to compensate well for errors in technique or judgement.
Generally, in onshore conditions it comes out as a likeable and competent board – perhaps not the loosest or fastest, but very easy to sail and plenty of performance for all levels of rider. But this board was built for cross-shore conditions, and that’s where it really shines through.
That safe rail-driven bottom turn gives the drive and security that you need in bigger waves to carve hard with confidence. You can trust this board 100% through the bottom turn. The faster you go and the harder you push, the more it comes alive. It holds speed well through the turns and maintains enough manoeuvrability to adjust the arc mid-turn.
The steeper the section, the more this board grips through the top turn, carving unbelievably tight turns right in the pocket of the wave. It almost seems to accelerate through the turn, with the drive from the fins allowing you to get a full radius top turn and still carry speed out of it. The board has great boost for aerials, and as we found in onshore conditions it has an ability to get you out of tricky situations that you’d normally expect to fall foul of on other boards. It seems to have fantastic bite and grip when you need it, but is still able to slip and slide when required to get you out of trouble.
At the top end, the KT Quatro is comfortable with a 3.7m sail thanks to the planted, controlled ride, and although it could push to a 5.3 in lighter winds it would be more at home with a 5.0.
Despite being pitched as Quatro’s hardcore, radical down-the-line waveboard, the KT Quad actually surprised us with its easy ride and competent all-round wave performance. It’s perfectly capable in onshore conditions (albeit not quite as loose or fast as some), but really comes alive in proper down-the-line conditions where it scored jointly the best in test.
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