At A Glance
The extensive board line up from Shinn ensures there is a board for every type of rider out there, and for those who like to mix things up between handle passes and board offs, the Ronson Patrol is your weapon of choice.
Designed as a crossover board, it is not simply another compromising all-rounder; instead it is a high performing hybrid which excels under the foot of a high performing rider.
The deck of the board is made with classic Paulownia wood core which has the best weight to strength ratio for longer lasting durability. So much so that Shinn offers a 2-year warranty with their boards against manufacturing defect.
The deck then features a split concave which increases grip at speed and ensures those smooth, reliable landings. The tips of the board benefit from being double stepped which Improve carving POP while maintaining upwind drive.
All Shinn boards come with the choice of the SRS straps or the Sneaker 5 set up, and the Ronson Patrol also features boot inserts. We had the SRS set on test which cover a vast section of your foot to keep it in place, and also fasten using an incredibly effective and easy to use ratchet system.
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On The Water
Shinn boards all possess the same incredibly smooth ride, and the Ronson Patrol tops them all. A feeling not unlike gliding, you take off, and the sensation is maintained through pretty much all water and wind states. The Ronson Patrol rides upwind well with minimum effort; you certainly don’t need to fight to get those good angles and in super-powered conditions the board grips the water.
The board is great fun to carve, you can hold a lot of power through the tips as you huck up great walls of spray, the medium flex pushes you out of the carve without ever losing an edge or that grip to the water.
Jumping is again nothing but smooth on the Ronson Patrol, the fins coupled with the split concave ensure a solid edge is maintained as you push hard and spring off the water. The board is light in the air, which enables you to throw it around at will. Landing from those jumps are absorbed well, and the bigger fins grip the water to keep you stable should your personal stability not be quite there.
The Ronson Patrol also delivers some serious unhooked capabilities. Housing impressive pop, you are able to edge hard and fast to really snap off the water and then land smoothly with the board absorbing even the heaviest of impacts.
The Ronson Patrol is incredibly versatile, it is like the chameleon of kiteboards as it adheres to whatever style or conditions the session requires. High performing but not unattainable, the Ronson Patrol is an excellent board that will suit a wide variety of riders.
This review was in Issue 70 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Shinn