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PLATINUM AERO 2.0 SERIES
PLATINUM AERO 2.0 SERIES
PLATINUM AERO 2.0 SERIES
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PLATINUM AERO 2.0 SERIES

BOOMS

Art.-No. 14900-1405

THE LIGHTEST AND MOST EXCLUSIVE BOOM ON EARTH

KEY FEATURES

PLATINUM AERO 2.0 SERIES

EXCLUSIVE AND ULTRA LIGHT

The lightest and most exclusive boom on earth

PREMIUM MATERIAL

100% T900 Carbon Prepreg + SENTEX Resin

Ultimate in technology

Ultimate in technology, weight and processing. 400g lighter than the PLATINUM boom.

FRONT-END

iFRONT 2.0 - The lightest Front-End on earth

TAIL-END 140

INSIDE GRIPPED TAIL with iTAIL WAVE FITTING

TAIL-END 190

OUTSIDE TAIL with iTAIL RACE FITTING

DETAILS

PLATINUM AERO 2.0 SERIES

Admit it – you know you want it. PLATINUM AERO 2.0 is the lightest boom in the world (140-190: 1.95 kg, 190-250: 2.70 kg) and the ultimate choice in terms of technology, weight and quality manufacturing. However, because of the incredibly sophisticated manufacturing process, there is only an extremely limited number available (on a first-come, first-served basis). Thanks to the highest-quality mix of materials and unique production methods, it is an astonishing 300 g lighter than its otherwise very lightweight PLATINUM counterpart. Despite its slimmed-down design, the PLATINUM AERO 2.0 features sensational stiffness, ultra-direct feel and range-specific features and bend curves, which make it a must-have for high-performance riders. Even though the AERO 2.0 is only available in two different lengths (140-190 190-250), they all possess the performance and equipment features of the normal PLATINUM (see below). However, a warning is in order: high-end technology has its price, so don’t be surprised.

Boom Basics

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 within the straight part.
     
  2. CLASSIC/RACE CURVE
    Classic 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) moves 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/slalom sails (6.5 and up).
Bend Curve: New-School/Wave vs. Classic/Race
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 sideway bend results in the boom to become shorter. When the boom gets shorter the sail becomes fuller/baggy = 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 at least 20% higher stiffness. 
     
  3. With carbon you can go for thinner diameters (up to 4 mm) while still offering at least 20% higher stiffness. In general the thinner the tube diameter the more comfortable it becomes to hold on to. This becomes very obvious once you go back from a thin diameter to a thicker one. 
     
  4. Carbon does not 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. 
Tail-end: ease of use vs. stiffness vs. grip

Usually the longer and/or the more extended the boom the softer it gets. Problem is that the bigger the sail (= longer boom) gets the more crucial the boom stiffness becomes for the sail performance and wind range (see above CARBON VS. ALUMINIUM). 
Since you pull with your back-hand when accelerating or pumping or when a gust hits your sail the tail-end section is the most crucial part for the overall stiffness of your boom. All booms nowadays either come with an inside- or outside tail-end.

OUTSIDE TAIL-END
Invented by the DUOTONE team back in 2007. Here the tail-end tubes slide OVER the boom body. 
The larger tail diameter/cross-section increases the overall stiffness of your boom by minimum 30%. Plus in contrary to inside tail-ends the boom stiffness isn't affected when you extend the boom length.
Nevertheless the outside tail-end has 2 limitations:
a. When changing the boom length you need to move the adjustment locking system alongside the tail-end tube. This makes it less comfortable and slower to operate.
b. With the usual 50 cm of adjustment range an outside tail-end requires a minimum boom length of 180 cm. Any shorter and your back-hand may end up being positioned on the (thick) tail-end tube.

INSIDE TAIL-END
This is the classic version to adjust your boom length since the beginning of booms becoming variable in length. Here the tail-end runs INside the boom body.
Advantages are:
> Works for any size/length of boom as the tail-end will never interfere with your back-hand.
> The adjustment locking system is fixed to the boom body. This way it's easier, faster and more comfortable to adjust the boom length.
The only disadvantage is the reduced stiffness which gets worse the further you extend your boom. Usually the tail-end angle is parallel to the boom body angle (in the back). This way you have the least friction between the 2 parts making the tail-end slide very easily inside the boom body. This makes it very comfortable to adjust the length, sometimes up to a point that you can hear a certain "click-clack" when you're heavily "wobbling" your boom.
The only way to increase the boom stiffness featuring an inside tail-end is to generate a certain "pre-tension" in the boom. To do so the angle of the tail-end gets increased so that it doesn't match with the boom body anymore. With this pre-tension you increase the boom stiffness but at the same time remarkably reduce the comfort and ease of use when adjusting the length (therefore only used on PLATINUM 170).

INSIDE GRIPPED TAIL-END
In 2014 we introduced this inside tail-end version for the first time. Same as the boom body the tail-end tubes get covered with an EVA grip. This way it's much more comfortable and grippier to hold on to during ducking moves. The "cuddly"/dampening EVA also completely silences any noise between the boom body and the tail-end. But since the dampening EVA reduces the stiffness we use 100% gripped tail-ends only on PLATINUM 140 and 150 booms whereas the PLATINUM 160 comes with a 50% gripped tail-end (to increase the stiffness when the boom gets extended).

Tail-end: ease of use vs. stiffness vs. grip
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. 

TECH SPECS

PLATINUM AERO 2.0 SERIES

LENGTH (CM)
BEND CURVE
WEIGHT (KG) (±8%)
DIAMETER (MM)*
MATERIAL
ADAPTER INCL.
TAIL-END
140-190190-250
NEW SCHOOLSLALOM
1.952.85
27.530
100% T900-CARBON +
SENTEX TM RESIN
100% T900-CARBON +
SENTEX TM RESIN
RDMSDM
INSIDE 100%-GRIPPED TAIL
with iTAIL WAVE FITTING
OUTSIDE TAIL with iTAIL
RACE FITTING
*In Grip Area without EVA

Tips & Tricks

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 lighter 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. 
"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. Therefore don't rig up on concrete but try to rig on a soft ground (e.g. sand or gras). 
    Little cuts in the EVA 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 FEATURES

PLATINUM AERO 2.0 SERIES

Protection Grip Insert
Protection Grip InsertProtection Grip Insert

MORE RESISTANT! The high-density EVA grip insert at the outside guarantes maximum abrasion resistance during rigging.

iFront 2.0
iFront 2.0iFront 2.0

THE LIGHTEST FRONT-END ON EARTH! 

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!
For the first time the construction of the iFRONT 2.0 combines the advantages of both all front-ends in one:

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.

Protection Grip Insert
Protection Grip InsertProtection Grip Insert

MORE RESISTANT! The high-density EVA grip insert at the outside guarantes maximum abrasion resistance during rigging.

Wide Wave Tail Geometry
Wide Wave Tail GeometryWide Wave Tail Geometry

EQUAL LOAD ON BOTH HANDS AND IMPROVED HANDLING! Also the short booms now feature a 4 cm wider tail-end moving your back-hand further away from the sail. For the first time now your back- and front-hand are equally angled making sailing less fatigue. You immediately realize this much more relaxed sailing position no matter if going in a straight line or down the line on a wave. The second advantage is a much improved handling during ducking maneuvers.

Inside Gripped Tail
Inside Gripped TailInside Gripped Tail

THE ULTIMATE TAIL-END GRIP! The EVA-gripped tail-end guarantees anti-slip. A reduced diameter of the inside tail-end additionally increases grip-comfort up to a maximum.

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!

Outside Tail
Outside TailOutside Tail

FOR 20% INCREASED STIFFNESS OF THE BOOM! All PLATINUM RACE SERIES 190 and 240 booms feature the individual OUTSIDE.TAIL-END with an increased diameter. The high cross-section makes the boom 20% stiffer.

iTail Race Fitting
iTail Race FittingiTail Race Fitting

RIGGING WITHOUT THREADING – EVEN WHEN USING AN ADJUSTABLE OUTHAUL-SYSTEM! The ultimate highlight is the all new iTAIL.RACE fitting. The teflon-POM synthetics build rollers feature a minimum of friction. Additionally, this unique solution allows to loop the rope even when using an adjustable outhaul-kit!

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

GALLERY

PLATINUM AERO 2.0 SERIES

NOTE ON DELIVERY TIMES

With the new PLATIINUM AERO boom the global demand of our customers clearly exceeds the expectations and the current capacities in our carbon boom production. Consequently, there are significantly longer delivery times. Therefore immediate availability can't always be guaranteed.

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