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BLACK SERIES
BLACK SERIES
BLACK SERIES
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BLACK SERIES

Art.-No. 14200-1400

THE LIGHTEST BOOM IN ITS CLASS

KEY FEATURES

BLACK SERIES

HIGH END BOOM

Your entry into the world of Duotone High End Booms

PREMIUM MATERIAL

T8 aluminium

BONDED TECHNOLOGY

The boom arms and the front-tube are “melted“ together using aerospace-standard glue.

FRONT-END

iFRONT 2.0 - The lightest Front-End on earth

TAIL-END

INSIDE TAIL with iTAIL WAVE FITTING

DETAILS

BLACK SERIES

The current BLACK generation is manufactured in high-quality BONDED.TECHNOLOGY. In this process, tubes and front end are “welded” using special adhesive used in space travel. The iFRONT 2.0 front end, with flex and stiffness tailored to the needs of specific users, is installed for greater comfort and simple operation. The BLACK range includes two individual bend curves, whereas both short lengths have a modern PROGRESSIVE BENDCURVE and the reduced, comfortable tube diameter of 28 mm. All other lengths have a conventional bending line and a 30 mm tube diameter. For reliability and comfort, the DOUBLE PIN LOCK system helps to firmly fix the boom length in place while preventing the tubes from being twisted. Thanks to the different bending lines, the BLACK series fits with almost all sail types from all brands.
New: The entire BLACK line is equipped with the iTAIL WAVE tail end, whose patented Loop-Loop-Go 2.0 system for the first time guarantees absolutely perfect rope alignment.

Tips & Tricks

Material: Carbon vs. Aluminium

Carbon booms are 3 to 5 times more expensive than aluminium booms. The reasons for this drastic price difference are the massive difference in the raw material prices and the fact that a carbon boom is 100% custom/hand made. 

Since carbon is a much stiffer raw material than aluminium carbon booms offer 4 essential advantages:

  1. When a gust hits your sail you need to pull hard to avoid loosing control. A softer boom bends more the harder you pull. This sideways bend results in the boom to become shorter. When the boom gets shorter the sail becomes fuller = loss of control.
    The longer the boom (180 and up) the more obvious the difference in stiffness becomes.
     
  2. Carbon booms can be made much lighter (up to 20%) while still offering minimum 20% higher stiffness. 
     
  3. Carbon boom tubes can be made much thinner (up to 4 mm) while still offering minimum 20% higher stiffness. In general the thinner the tube the more comfortable it becomes to hold on to. This becomes very obvious once you go back from a thin tube to a thicker one. 
     
  4. Carbon cannot bend. Therefore a carbon boom usually lasts 3-4 times as long as an aluminium boom because any overload (crash, catapult, ..) will eventually result in a bent boom.
    Also due to the fact that carbon doesn't corrode a carbon boom requires much less care than an aluminium one. Check the condition of the ropes once in a while and worst case get the grip replaced and a carbon boom will last for years to come. 
Bend Curve: New-School/Wave vs. Classic/Race
  1. NEW-SCHOOL/WAVE CURVE
    On New School shaped booms the curve is concentrated in the first 25-30 cm while the rest of the boom is straight. This means that you don’t need to twist/bent your front hand even on smaller (wave) sails as it's still positioned in the straight part.. 
     
  2. CLASSIC/RACE CURVEClassic shaped booms have a curve ranging further back to approx. 45cm. On smaller (wave) sails this means that the front hand is twisted/bent resulting in increased fatigue or even hand-wrist pain.
    The larger the sail though the more the draft (and with it your hands) move back so that the front hand isn't twisted anymore.
    Bigger sails also have a deeper profile. Classic shaped booms with their curve ranging further back make the boom become wider in the middle avoiding the sail touching the boom.
    Therefore classic shaped booms are still the first choice for larger sized freeride/race sails (6.5 and up).
EVA grip doesn't like sun cream

You should always try to avoid getting sun cream onto your EVA grip. Not only can sun cream contaminate especially the lighhter EVA colors. But more so the grip gets very slippery thus you need to grip harder which is very exhausting. Most important though is once sun cream gets onto the EVA the grip becomes slippery forever. 

There are 2 simple solutions to avoid getting sun cream onto your EVA grip:

  1. After applying sun cream wait until it's fully soacked into your skin which takes at least 10-15 minutes. Since we all wanna get onto the water asap this isn't very practical though. 
     
  2. Free your hands from sun cream either with alcohol (quite unpractical) or by using sand to "wash" your hands. 
Can I really use the complete length range of the boom?

Under usual conditions yes. But for super heavy usage you need to differentiate between carbon- and aluminium booms.

  • The worst case scenario on a carbon boom is a breakage when massively overloaded. Carbon booms do not bend though. Therefore carbon booms can be used without any limitations even when fully extended. 
     
  • Aluminium though can break and bend. Therefore a heavy rider and/or overloading (e.g. wipe-outs/catapults or landing super high jumps) might cause an alloy boom to bend when fully extended. As a guideline for really heavy (ab)use do not use the last 15-20 cm of the boom range. 
"Beauty care"
  1. Even for storage or transport please always make sure to close the length adjustment lock system. In the open position the snap part is fully stretched out and therefore might loose a bit of its snapping function after a while. 
     
  2. Over time even stainless steel and aluminium parts get affected by salt water.
    Therefore after holidays in salt water please remove the tail-end and rinse it as well as the inside of the boom body with fresh water.
    For winter storage make sure to remove the tail-end from the body. 
     
  3. Please make sure to regularly check the condition of the ropes (front- and tail-end). Over time the rope surface might get damaged through the clamping in the metal cleat. When you start seeing the white core it's time to replace the rope. 
     
  4. The EVA grip is very cozy on your hands but it doesn't like sharp objects.
    Little cuts you need to "ignore".
    Little parts peeling off can easily be repaired using super glue.
    In case the grip needs to be replaced (cause it's halfway gone or cause you cannot stand it destroying the beauty of your boom:-) do not try to do this on your own. It's a very delicate and time-consuming procedure which you should leave to professionals. 
     
  5. Need any spare parts? Here you go
Correct tension when snapping the front-end onto the mast

In general most people do not use enough tension here resulting in the boom to slowly slide down during heavy sailing. When designing the front-end lever we made sure that you cannot break the mast while snapping on the front-end.

Exchange the "cheap" iFront 2.0 rope

We use a rather "cheap" Polyester rope here by purpose. Compared to Dyneema/Spectra rope Polyester has a certain elasticity. This tiny bit of stretch buffers peak loads (e.g. during massive crashes or landing high jumps) thus preventing overload and a possible breakage of the plastic parts. 

TECH SPECS

BLACK SERIES

LENGTH (CM)
BEND CURVE
WEIGHT (KG)
DIAMETER (MM)
MATERIAL
ADAPTER INCL.
TAIL-END
140-190150-200160-210180-230
NEW SCHOOLNEW SCHOOLCLASSICCLASSIC
2.402.502.602.80
28283030
T8 aluminumT8 aluminumT8 aluminumT8 aluminum
RDMRDMSDMSDM
INSIDE TAIL with iTAIL
WAVE Fitting
INSIDE TAIL with iTAIL
WAVE Fitting
INSIDE TAIL with iTAIL
WAVE Fitting
INSIDE TAIL with iTAIL
WAVE Fitting

TECH FEATURES

BLACK SERIES

iFront 2.0
iFront 2.0iFront 2.0

THE LIGHTEST FRONT-END ON EARTH! 

The technical masterpiece which makes all Duotone booms even more functional: iFRONT 2.0 the latest front-end of the next generation.

It doesn’t just look slimmer and smoother, the iFRONT 2.0 is also a whopping 35% lighter than its predecessor! With 345 grams it is the lightest front-end on the market!

90% of all other booms on the market are equipped with the same front-end from China, which usually differs only in color or design details. Especially in major components we at Duotone are investing heavily in research and development to be far ahead of the competition. A prime example of this is the completely redesigned and absolutely unique iFRONT 2.0 front-end; it combines maximum ease of use with highest functionality, lowest weight and guaranteed durability.
For the first time the construction of the iFRONT 2.0 combines the advantages of both concepts in one front-end:

A Vertical stiffness: Unlike other front-ends we use 50% longer stainless steel axle-bolts which are directly connected to the side walls. Thus we obtain a maximum vertical/torsion stiffness, which results in an extremely direct connection/transmission of boom to mast (= maximum performance).

B Horizontal flexibility: The partially recessed center of the collar gives the iFRONT 2.0 a kind of hinge function, so that the collar fits to any mast diameter without any gap (= very smooth on the mast and extremely slip resistant). We know of no other front-end that fits so smoothly around the mast and thus effectively protects the mast.

This exceptional fit is guaranteed on SDM as well as RDM masts as the iFRONT 2.0 can easily be adapted through the exchange of 2 different friction pads.

It is an open secret that different conditions require front-ends with different vertical/torsional stiffness so that the rig can develop its maximum potential yet the comfort doesn’t suffer. For this reason, we deliver the new iFRONT 2.0 in two different stiffness options that are tailored to the individual disciplines and requirements:

Stiffness I with 15% vertical flexibility has a very low flex for direct power transmission yet maximum control and comes with all RED, SILVER, as well as GOLD and PLATINUM (up to 170) booms.
Stiffness III with 0% vertical flexibility for uncompromizing torsion-stiffness and maximum performance on large sails comes with all GOLD and PLATINUM (190 and up) booms.
Of course, we remain true to our promise of long-term compatibility even with the iFRONT 2.0. Therefore it is 100% retro-compatible with older Duotone booms that can be upgraded and tuned.

iFront 2.0
iFront 2.0iFront 2.0

THE LIGHTEST FRONT-END ON EARTH! 

The technical masterpiece which makes all Duotone booms even more functional: iFRONT 2.0 the latest front-end of the next generation.

It doesn’t just look slimmer and smoother, the iFRONT 2.0 is also a whopping 35% lighter than its predecessor! With 345 grams it is the lightest front-end on the market!

90% of all other booms on the market are equipped with the same front-end from China, which usually differs only in color or design details. Especially in major components we at Duotone are investing heavily in research and development to be far ahead of the competition. A prime example of this is the completely redesigned and absolutely unique iFRONT 2.0 front-end; it combines maximum ease of use with highest functionality, lowest weight and guaranteed durability.
For the first time the construction of the iFRONT 2.0 combines the advantages of both concepts in one front-end:

A Vertical stiffness: Unlike other front-ends we use 50% longer stainless steel axle-bolts which are directly connected to the side walls. Thus we obtain a maximum vertical/torsion stiffness, which results in an extremely direct connection/transmission of boom to mast (= maximum performance).

B Horizontal flexibility: The partially recessed center of the collar gives the iFRONT 2.0 a kind of hinge function, so that the collar fits to any mast diameter without any gap (= very smooth on the mast and extremely slip resistant). We know of no other front-end that fits so smoothly around the mast and thus effectively protects the mast.

This exceptional fit is guaranteed on SDM as well as RDM masts as the iFRONT 2.0 can easily be adapted through the exchange of 2 different friction pads.

It is an open secret that different conditions require front-ends with different vertical/torsional stiffness so that the rig can develop its maximum potential yet the comfort doesn’t suffer. For this reason, we deliver the new iFRONT 2.0 in two different stiffness options that are tailored to the individual disciplines and requirements:

Stiffness I with 15% vertical flexibility has a very low flex for direct power transmission yet maximum control and comes with all RED, SILVER, as well as GOLD and PLATINUM (up to 170) booms.
Stiffness III with 0% vertical flexibility for uncompromizing torsion-stiffness and maximum performance on large sails comes with all GOLD and PLATINUM (190 and up) booms.
Of course, we remain true to our promise of long-term compatibility even with the iFRONT 2.0. Therefore it is 100% retro-compatible with older Duotone booms that can be upgraded and tuned.

External Tail Fittings
External Tail FittingsExternal Tail Fittings

MINIMUM WEIGHT AND UNMATCHED FEATURES! Especially on carbon booms most brands integrate the fittings into the tail-end to generate a clean look. We prefer external fittings to achieve 3 crucial advantages:

  1. Much lower weight
  2. Features and functions which no other brand can offer (see iTAIL.RACE.FITTING and iTAIL.WAVE.FITTING)
  3. If need be super easy to exchange
iTail Wave Fitting
iTail Wave FittingiTail Wave Fitting

FRICTIONLESS ALIGNMENT PLUS EXCESS ROPE STORAGE! 

The iTAIL.WAVE fitting offers 2 revolutionary details:

A The patented LOOP.LOOP.GO 2.0 function guarantees an ideal 100% frictionless alignment of the rope!

B Instead of tying the excess rope around the tube you just wrap it around the integrated “bridge” at the bottom side – the cleanest and fastest solution ever!

iTail Wave Fitting
iTail Wave FittingiTail Wave Fitting

FRICTIONLESS ALIGNMENT PLUS EXCESS ROPE STORAGE! 

The iTAIL.WAVE fitting offers 2 revolutionary details:

A The patented LOOP.LOOP.GO 2.0 function guarantees an ideal 100% frictionless alignment of the rope!

B Instead of tying the excess rope around the tube you just wrap it around the integrated “bridge” at the bottom side – the cleanest and fastest solution ever!

TRUE QUOTES

BLACK SERIES

RAOUL JOA (PRODUCT MANAGER)
“The Black Series is clearly the boom with the best value-performance ratio in our range. With its stiffness, weight and unique features it can even compete with top of the line alloy booms from other brands.”
RAOUL JOA (PRODUCT MANAGER)

GALLERY

BLACK SERIES