…Lost just took one of the boards that put them on the map and made it even better…for sub par waves. Why get excited about a board that just got better in sub par waves? Well in reality, that’s what we’re confronted with most of the time. The other part of reality is that most of us aren’t pros and could use some extra speed and drive in soft conditions. Pair this with the fact that the new design has more top end too, and you have another keeper in the …Lost lineup.
V2 Rocket Tech Specs
• Increased Nose Rocker
• Decreased Tail Rocker
• Bump Wing Diamond Tail
What we like:
This board is easy to surf well in a wide range of conditions. You can size it at your height and have the easiest shortboard you’ve ever ridden. For performance surfing you can go up to 6” shorter and still have enough rail and drive to really motor. The increased nose rocker is really nice on late drop and bowly waves. The ability to have only one hybrid in your quiver AND cover overhead thru most grovel conditions is pretty clutch. The original Rocket only did that under the feet of Gorkin and company. The smooth outline and rocker just scream I want to surf everything! (after surfing it in everything, it’s not an exaggeration)
What we don’t like:
Kind of hard to find something you don’t like on this board. It lost a bit of snap off the top with the flatter tail rocker, but not nearly as much as you would think thanks to the bump wing outline. It would be nice if they standardized the fin configuration to either 3 or 5, but not both, as that often confuses surfers. The V2 performs incredibly as a tri throughout its range, so the need for 5 fins and the ability to run it quad isn’t as necessary as some shapes.
Why you want the V2 Rocket:
Hybrids are a ton of fun to surf at any level from Joe to Pro. The V2 is one of the best hybrids out there with a really wide range of use.
Future Shapes Technology (FST)
FST relies primarily on the PARABOLIC Balsa Rail to control flex while the high density aerospace composite vacuumed to both top and bottom decks provides significant impact strength, far greater than traditional surfboard construction methods.
The Parabolic Balsa Rail features 12mm balsa built from 3 x 4mm strips, which as mentioned not only control flex and add strength, but also act as a buffer against rail dings. Furthermore, the long-term flex memory supplied by the balsa rails ensures FST boards maintain their lively feel for longer.
The V2 has a bit less tail rocker, with less concave through the fins, which creates a faster rail line under foot. I actually deepened the concave out of the tail as well. The soft wing helps retain quick redirection off the top and bottom… and lend more control in the bowl. To tell you the truth, I moved the points of the diamond up a bit and made the angle closer to the Stealth tail, but haven’t finalized this 100%. The nose rocker is bent up more in the last 12″ (to balance the lower tail rocker and keep from poking) and the concave is brought further forward (to compensate for more nose rocker and also further elongate the rail line for more front foot drive) to help with even faster out of the gates rides. The tail is sculpted in a more pronounced way, adding a touch of double concave under the rear foot, as well as a low, square and boxy tail rail. I also made the nose a touch wider in the 12-18” mark.
Overall, an easier board to ride for an average surfer in sub par waves. It has more down the line drive and a bit less skateboard kick tail feel. The Rocket was one of the most popular boards around the world in the last 5 years… one of the most well known and knocked off surfboard models in recent memory. It obviously has merit and worked well for thousands of surfers, but there is always room for improvement. I used the feedback from the average Joe to update and refine what was not broken. The original Rocket will always be available from us as well. This doesn’t replace the Rocket – it compliments it.
The FCS II system has been designed to perform at the highest level by seamlessly connecting 3 essential elements in surfing; the surfer, the surfboard and the fins. When paired with fins from the new FCS II Essential Series, it’s now possible to install and remove your fins in seconds, without the need for any screws or tools.