FCS 2 (also called FCS II) is the latest fin system from FCS. This no-fin-key system has been on the radar for almost 18 months and we're now starting to see boards arriving at REAL with FCS II fin boxes installed. The best way to get a really good understanding of these fins is to watch our video review below & then watch the FCS tech videos. If you still want to know more, we've included the FAQ from FCS about the new fin system.
FCS 2 Fin System Review:
FCS Tech Videos and Team Rider Feedback:
Will the FCSII mechanism keep working over time?
The FCSII mechanism will continue to work no matter how many times you change your fins. This simple, but well refined mechanism constructed from superior materials ensures operational longevity.
FCS has completed repetition testing (installing then removing a fin from the system) with no retention force lost over 4,000 cycles. Under normal conditions, the FCSII system will outlast the life of the board.
Will fins eject out of the system unintentionally when surfing?
The FCSII system has a high fin retaining force (around 12kg/26Ibs) and fins cannot be removed from the system by placing force on the front or side of the fin (i.e. the direction of forces applied to the fin during surfing). A fin can only be removed from the system by applying an upwards force to the rear of the fin.
Will sun and salt water corrode the FCSII mechanism? And how about if sand enters the plug, will it jam?
The FCSII mechanism has been designed to operate in a highly corrosive environment. All materials used to construct the FCSII plug have been selected for their anti-corrosion properties; including titanium which is an inert material (will not rust). If sand enters the plug, the mechanism will not be restricted and will flush out the sand through the open slot cavities.
Will my old FCS (dual tab) fins work with this system?
Yes, you can use all your existing FCS fins with the FCSII system. The FCSII plugs are backwards compatible - grub screws can be used within the FCSII plugs to secure your existing dual tab FCS fins.
FCS has designed a set of unobtrusive silicone infills to fill the gap created by the old fins in the new system. The infills are made from high quality silicone rubber which will not damage the plugs or fins. They are also extremely durable, light and built to withstand extreme temperature and corrosive conditions. The infills replicate the flush leading edge of the new fin design improving the performance of the old fins.
REAL has surfboards with FCS 2 fin boxes in stock and available for immediate shipment to your door. REAL can also help you place custom board orders with FCS 2.