Sizes Available: 144, 148cm
Sizes Tested: 144 x 46cm
The 2014 Axis Patrol has been redesigned with a new mold specifically designed to excel in light winds. This board has a flatter shape and less complicated bottom concave to make it much faster due to less drag. The Patrol freestyle performance in light winds has increased as well. With a much larger surface area making it easier to plane and allowing the rider to feel much more power from the kite in extremely light winds. Because of the two new dimensions available and its design changes, riders can get out on the lighter days and still enjoy a maneuverable and playful board.
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Our Testers Say:
“The upwind board – excellent for staying upwind with really nice turning, jumping and landing,” Greg Vasilieff.
“Great pop, easy tricks but due to the rocker light wind ability suffers – works better for bigger riders when the wind exceeds 12 knots,” Jeff Quick.
“Very respectable light wind abilities for a freestyle-oriented board, tracks well upwind,” Brendan Richards.
Axis bills the 2014 Patrol as a price point version of the Ultra and at 144cm, this board is one of the shortest boards in our light wind test. The Patrol features a straighter freestyle template, Paulownia wood core, ABS rails and three holes for adjusting stance width and tons of options for adjusting duck. Testers commented on the Patrol’s fun freestyle performance. Compared to the Ultra, the patrol doesn’t build as much load and pop, but it’s smaller size and freestyle template make this board ideal for medium sized riders who are looking for a board that works in lighter wind but still offers precise edging, load and pop.
The Patrol was shipped with the UTS straps and pads. These are a simple, innovative pad and strap combo that slips together and bolts to the board for an overall easy install with diverse stance options. The pad density is plush with good honeycomb grip and a pronounced ridge for toe grip. The straps that came with our board had a single Velcro adjustment and were generally comfortable.