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JBBJBB Posts: 57 Baller
What is the difference between the HO Comp Fin and the HO Hex fin?


  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,776 Mega Baller
    Comp is your regular competition fin and fin box. Hex looks a bit like a surf board fin
  • JBBJBB Posts: 57 Baller
    Thanks! What does that do to performance/stability?
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,776 Mega Baller
    Be fun to see @jayski respond to that one. Both Radar and HO have this style of fin available on their cross over/open water skis. May let the bigger skis run higher in the water in the tail? HO is marketing that the Hex fin has a cross section that is an aerofoil instead of flat - but since the Syndicate version comes with a regular competition fin - I would assume the benefits are largely one of cost of machining a fin box.
  • DWDW Posts: 1,834 Crazy Baller
    The shape of the fin will offer a stability v responsiveness difference. The deeper the center of pressure or farther from the ski bottom surface will increase roll resistance and improve stability but at a loss of responsiveness. There will need to be some shaping to provide the correct amount of surface area for the fin to be effective.
  • jayskijayski Posts: 610 Crazy Baller
    @BraceMaker you mean @SkiJay to comment, the 'fin whisperer'
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,776 Mega Baller
    True and true
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,208 Mega Baller
    All I can say for sure is that if the Hex fin was three-way adjustable, it wouldn't work well for tuning as we currently know it.

    And to hazard a guess, I'd say maybe since it has a fixed length and depth it can be almost any shape HO wants. So why not shape it like a surfboard fin cause surfboards are cool. ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • savaiusinisavaiusini Posts: 296 Water Ski Industry Professional
    We actually market 3 different fins across our slalom skis:
    1. Syndicate Adjustable Fin- as the name implies, this fin is found on our Syndicate skis and is adjustable for length, depth and DFT
    2. Comp Fin - this fin is offered on our crossover skis and is only adjustable for DFT in three positions
    3. Hex Fin - this is a fixed position surf style fin found on our EVO and Freeride collection as well as our standard construction Omni.
    Sam Avaiusini - Operations Manager, HO Sports Company, Snoqualmie, WA
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