The pioneer of removable fins creates a fine update to an old classic.
Apart from a handful of technology-hating purists, who doesn't enjoy the convenience of being able to swap their fins out? I ain't one for changing fins, personally, but all my craft have a combo of either Futures or FCS systems.
There's nothing worse, apart from catastrophic fuselage failure, that can ruin a vacation more than arriving in the plumeria-scented tropics with busted rudders.
It was the turn of the century when your ol pal DR first locked into FCS. I had a love-hate affair. Perfect for travelling but I lost a helluva lot more fins with removables than I did when they were glassed in. Power ain't exactly my game but over a few years I lost half-a-dozen fins to bottom turns.
The system improved in baby steps. Glassers learned to install 'em better. A few different systems came and went. Maurice Cole had a swing with his Power Drive fins that you screwed in deckside. And Speed Fins, remember them?
Right now, it's either Futures (think John John Florence) or FCS (think Kelly Slater). Both are significantly different. I like the Futures 'cause I've never lost one of their semi-old school fin boxes.
Maybe as a response to the success of Futures, FCS have created a new version of their old classic that's part, at least in my eyes, Futures and part FCS.
What's the diff? Let's ask the press release!
"The new system boasts a number of key advantages over its predecessors. Firstly, the need for any screws or tool to secure the fins has been eliminated; the fins now simply lock into the plugs. Secondly, the leading edge of the fin resides inside the plug, and the base of the fins sit flush to the surface of the board creating a more seamless connection. The final key feature of the new system is that it’s backward compatible, meaning it will accept fins from the original dual tab system. Adding two grub screws and a small silicon insert allows you to secure your two tab fins into the new system.
When paired with fins from the new FCS II Essential Series, it’s now possible to install and remove your fins in seconds."
Try 'em! These things are gonna blow up.