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    F-ONE PHANTOM 1080 – The big test

    Discover the Foil F-one phantom 1080 which will make you experience unique sensations. For this our article will reveal all of its advantages whether in Wingfoil, Surf Foil or Sup Foil

    Sizes available : 940, 1080, 1280, 1480, 1780cm2
    Sizes tested : 1080cm2

    F-One says:

    Using a refined design to achieve greater finesse, the Phantom foils glide faster and longer. Connecting the waves, whether surfing or downwinding, becomes much easier and more fun.

    However, connecting waves isn’t much fun if you can’t turn and that’s why carving is also part of the DNA of the Phantom foils. By working on the lift distribution, arch shape and other details, we have achieved a high performance, high output foil that can carve smooth curves over waves and swell.

    Built using Monobloc construction with pre-preg carbon, the foils are both very light and very strong. This assembly offers better load transmission and better rigidity through the different parts for maximum control. The Titan connection allows an aluminum or carbon mast to be connected and the fuselage is divided into two parts for easy transport.

    Phantom wings are recommended with the C275 Surf stabilizer. This stabilizer provides better glide and a looser feel. It is perfectly suited for the speed and glide of the Phantom wings. The loose feel will help spin those higher looking wings and provide a surfing experience impressive.

    what we think

    F-One has engineered its full carbon Phantom range of foils with a higher aspect ratio and wider span to deliver super efficient lift that enables high speeds and incredible amounts of glide. The 1080 does not disappoint with its increased top speed and good pumping combined with nimble carving abilities that make it an ideal crossover wing for downwind and prone foilsurfing.

    A construction like the Gravity

    The Phantom uses the same construction and mounting system as the F-One Gravity foil range. The front wing and stabilizer are mounted on a sturdy two-piece carbon fuselage that breaks down for easy travel.

    The mast to fuselage connection has a complex keyed interface that appears to lock the mast and fuse together for added rigidity. We tested the front wing of the Phantom 1080 with the short C275 Surf wing and stabilizer and the 75cm carbon mast.

    The F-One mount uses the same size thumbscrew, but the hardware is a bit smaller. As our setup was full carbon, the weight of this foil was light as a feather, making the whole thing extremely agile and capable.

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    f one phantom 1080 review
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    From the Phantom 1280 to the Phantom 1080

    Having spent a lot of time on the Phantom 1280, when we switched to the 1080 for wingsurfing, the first thing we noticed was that the smaller wing doesn’t create as much lift on takeoff as the 1280.

    Since we generally use low volume boards, we immediately felt that the 1080 required a bit more speed for the foil-up, which made us think about changing the board size or going for a larger kite. large to compensate for the lack of slow and early lift.

    Once you have mastered the added challenge of starting on the water with a smaller front wing, you will find that the 1080 is an incredibly fast wing that generates a good amount of pump drive in its window of speed.

    We felt like we could hit much higher top speeds, which paid off when we looked for bigger, faster swells, as the 1080 seemed able to pick up speed and get into parts. deeper in the swell. The big wings tend to top out and you can sometimes hang on top of a roll, but the 1080 lets you access much more speed and confidence.

    While the Phantom has a high aspect shape and a wider wing span compared to the line of Gravity foils, we were blown away by the extra maneuverability that comes with the smaller wing. The roll and yaw axis feels much more active and tends to produce tighter, more aggressive turns.

    The 1080 is extremely agile, allowing you to be even more aggressive in your carves, whether on the waves or in the swell in the open sea. Initiating turns is done with less effort than more Phantom wings. larger and more aggressive riders will certainly appreciate this feature.

    One of the characteristics of the 1080, which relates more to prone foilsurfing and perhaps to some degree downwind, is that it likes to maintain high speeds. The 1080 is great for slowing down and taking tighter turns on the waves, but its downhill speed is a bit faster than the 1280 we’ve grown accustomed to.

    We found the most apparent difference when trying to pump between waves – the 1080 gives you plenty of power if you’re in its speed range, but if you start to sink a little it loosens up. For this reason, the 1280 will probably remain our best choice for the foilsurfing pump-oriented, but the 1080 is a compelling buy for powered wingsurfing sessions.

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