DUOTONE Select Textreme
Sizes Available: 132cm x 39cm, 135cm x 40cm, 138cm x 41cm, 141cm x 42cm
Sizes Tested: 138cm x 41cm

Duotone Says:

Part of the Duotone line up for some years and the first Textreme Board on the market, now the Select Textreme is the ultimate freeride twin tip. Using all the knowledge gained from Textreme carbon construction over the years, the Select was made lighter, faster and with a snappier response. This translates to a lively feel underfoot with fantastic feedback for the rider. The medium flex offers incredible pop while still giving a smoother ride through chop. You’ll discover a very user-friendly board when you ride the Select Textreme. Boasting incredible carving capabilities and high top speeds with total control it’s a kiteboard that will have you smiling every session. Perfect for strapped riders looking to take their freeriding to the next level, it’s excellent for boosting, cruising, blasting out speed runs and some old school airstyle moves too. By taking the winning shape of the Select and using some of the most advanced construction techniques and materials the Select Textreme is the freeride kiteboard by which all others are measured. If you want the best you can get for freeride, this is it.

Visit for more info: www.duotonesports.com/kiteboarding/boards/twintips/select-textreme/

Our Testers Say:

“Comfortable, great power loading and edge control with a smooth ride. Handles chop well with really good pop.” // Ray Borg

“Cool carbon layers, a bit more skatey, really good upwind performance with better pop and really smooth through the chop.” // Pierce Martin

“Really nice high performance board with exceptionally light construction, both smooth and fast while offering up good flex and can handle overpowered conditions easily.” // Matt Kargl

Meet Our Testers

Tkb Says:

If you’re looking for a supercharged version of Duotone’s user-friendly freeride jack of all trades, then look to the Select with the Textreme construction option. The all-carbon layup sheds serious weight freeing the Textreme up to respond to every hair-trigger input in hyper-real time that makes this mild-mannered board a rocket for progression. The Textreme version shares the same Select template with a little bit rounder template and slightly more pulled tips with a fairly middle of the road freeride rocker compared to more advanced wakestyle boards. The Select features a simple bottom shape with a single concave running the length of the board and a wide mono-channel between the fins that exits out the tips. All the Select Textreme sizes come with 4.5 carbon fins, which is slightly smaller than the 5.0 size that comes with the bulk of the regular Textreme sizing. The Textreme version of the Select offers two most noticeable qualities. The first is its apparent feather weight that amplifies every input and makes the Select Textreme feel incredibly light on your feet during big air launches, multi-rotation jumps and landings. Everything happens just a little faster with the lower swing weight, but also quite noticeable is the increased density of the flex pattern that allows the board to store more tension during load and pop. Much like the standard Select, the Textreme works its way through chop cleanly and with solid speed and when it comes to sending it, the load, pop and specifically the release is super clean and allows you to perfectly time the vertical liftoff on big airs. The carving with the Textreme Select gets even better; with less weight underfoot the response and maneuverability of the board increases to heighten the knife-like surgical carving of the board. Shedding pounds makes everything better, and that certainly proves true with the Select Textreme, where you take a comfortable and reliable freeride platform and then amplify its performance attributes to adrenaline-pumping levels.

The Select Textreme comes with a sliding track system embedded in the deck of the board that allows you an infinite number of stance width adjustments. Our board was set up with Duotone’s deluxe binding system, the Entity, which comes in four sizes so that you can dial in the perfect feel and most comfortable connection to your board. The base frame offers a ton of options for adjusting duck and you can change the pad’s position relative to centerline, effectively controlling how close your heel is to the edge. For all its features, the binding has a nice low-profile frame that hugs the deck and feels very secure with footbeds that have a nice rubbery feeling with medium to soft plushness, subtle heel cupping and soft toe bumps that allow your toes to really bite into the pad. The center of the footbed offers a little bit of contour under the arch of your foot and the entire setup ensures that your foot has a sure grip on the board at all times. The strap features the novel snap adjustment straps that replace the more common Velcro straps with the kind of snap system you find on the back of a standard baseball hat. The straps themselves are dual adjustable and each anchor point can be moved forward or aft in the binding to get the perfect coverage for your foot. The underside of the straps have a soft velvety fabric that feels good and snug against your arch and the snap button system seemed to put up with every kind of abuse we could throw at it. Some testers had less patience for the snap button strap adjustment system. The snap system takes two hands to line it up and is definitely something you want to set when you are on the beach as opposed to on the water. While it might take a couple of moments to familiarize yourself and make changes, it is quite clean and offers riders a visual indicator of your strap setting with just a glance and always earned high praise for comfort. With four sizes of footpads to choose from, Duotone is taking fit and comfort very seriously with the Entity and if you choose to do the same with selection and tuning you will be rewarded with premium comfort and performance for long hard sessions.


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