At A Glance
Heading into the 2017 season we take a look at the 2017 Cabrinha Spectrum. Aimed at the freeride market the Spectrum is a do it all type of board. The Spectrum is designed to excel in a variety of conditions and provide its user a smooth, manageable ride. Compatible with the H1 or H2 footpad systems, the Spectrum comes with 50mm fins, handle and packed with tech features.
The Spectrum looks basic in design compared to the modern channeled high performance boards you often see, however a fairly square outline with a single to double concave, sharp rails, tons of flex and a low rocker are present. These design features are tuned incredibly well making the Spectrum a slick ride. Constructed to Cabrinha’s high standard its going to keep going after tons of hours on the water. The graphics of the 2017 Spectrum are simple but stylish, we can see the Paulowina wood core through the top layers which is overlaid with vivid white graphics.
Sizes: 136 x 41 / 140 x 42 / 144 x 43 / 148 x 44 / 152 x 44
On The Water
Footpads adjusted and its session time. Heading out on the Spectrum alongside the 2017 Apollo was most certainly going to put it under some strain.
Rapidly gaining speed the Spectrum continued to provide a smooth ride underfoot, even in choppy waters. Biting through and continuing to hold its line with minimal input. Edging hard you’ll notice the Spectrum locks in and shoots upwind without the bite we see on the high performance boards now days. You can really crank the edge in on the Spectrum and reach some serious speeds without feeling any twitch from below. Rail to rail transfer was like putting a knife through butter, super easy and the smashing a large flowing turn is like autopilot.
When it came down to tricking on the Spectrum you can further see its potential, effortless explosive pop is accompanied by soft stable landings. What more could you ask for. Having 50mm fins really is a bonus on this type of board, making that final cut that much deeper and firmer.
A breeze to ride but whacks a punch
The H1 footpad system we used on the Spectrum was super simple to adjust even out on the water and seriously comfortable. Plenty of cushioning is present and the new grip design doesn't only look sick it glues your feet to the board. The straps can be adjusted fairly small even for the standard sizing, however Cabrinha always have smaller riders in mind and a small version is also available.
Cabrinha’s 2017 Spectrum freeride board is not only a breeze to ride but whacks a punch when needed. Giving the rider a smooth, solid and manageable ride the Spectrum really is effortless under foot. Start ramping up your input onto the Spectrum and it will keep performing, explosive pop and smooth landings it can do it all. No matter what conditions you chuck at it. The construction of the Spectrum and its included parts H1 / H2 bindings is all top notch and makes this the perfect board of choice for the avid free riders out there.
This review was in Issue 59 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Cabrinha