The Cost Of Durability

How do you put a price on durability? On performance? How do you justify the cost of boards?

Well firstly I would like to say durability isn’t directly related to how a board performs. Peoples ideas of performance varies but when it comes to a flatland board, durability is vastly made up from what is on the bottom surface of the board.

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For most high end manufacturers this material is Formica. What’s formica? Chances are you have some very close to you as you read this on. It covers the majority of kitchens and cabinets so as you could have guessed, it’s very hard wearing.

Our Gromlin line has Formica bottom sheet, Slipeezy line has a top and bottom sheet and the Flave line has a a bottom sheet and some models a top sheet.

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What does this mean for you board? It makes for a highly durable and stiff lay up that’s easy to produce.

At our recent event Winter Chill¬†we ran some testing at the end. I wanted a way to measure the weight it would take to break boards which was a great test for certain boards durability, strength and was good fun to boot! Although I won’t mention the exact other manufacturers names I will say they rhyme with…… Jedrack, Sadjog, figsoot, flictoria and a couple others. We also threw in one of our $90 Gromlins and my personal Slipeezy that has been in use since September 2011.

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We pulled up two benches and a bunch of weights from the gym. With no real idea of how much weight was needed to break the boards the first one broke with a pretty miserable 80kg on the middle of the board. This may sound like a lot but when you factor in the stresses that go through a board especially if you even think about hitting a rail or obstacle it isn’t going to stand up to much/anything.

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The rest of the other boards broke in the 90kg-160kg mark with the first of the OXS line (the aforementioned $90 Gromlin) breaking with $180kg on it. This is where it started to get fun. Not having several hundred kilos of weights handy to us it was time to just stack willing participants on top of the Slipeezy.

We tapped it out at a pretty remarkable 330kg with us doing a slight bounce on it and it didn’t break! That’s four people and 2 x 20kg plates on the thing. All I really have to say is my board will live to skim another day or hundred.

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So there it is, the cost of durability. How do you put on a cost on those numbers? I’ll let you answer that for yourself but the next time you need to ask why certain boards cost more or perform better then have a flick over those numbers!

Hopefully we’ll cover this more in depth at a later date.

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You can find the Winter Chill wrap up in the NZSASS newsletter here.

-Sam Price

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