first review from
AUSTRALIAN SURF MAT RIDER
It is the most significant change in the Krypt evolution to date.
You will see it is a significantly smaller mat than the standard MT5 in the comparison images.
The length is effectively the same but it is much thinner from deck to bottom with far smaller nose and rear profiles.
There is a visible difference in the height of the beams resulting in deep channels between the sections of the mat.The concave looks about the same but the outer sections are definitely a bit smaller.
The other main change is the way in which the deck material is manufactured. This has resulted in more of the weave of the cloth showing through giving the deck a canvas like look that feels to me like it is actually going to have more grip. So much so, that I was going to whack a bit of Sikaflex grip on but have now decided not to do so. I always wear a neoprene chest wetsuit or vest so I reckon I might get a way without it maybe only needing a little wax at the hips. The other thing is that it does indeed feel much less stiff and I think that will also help.
All in I am pretty excited to have got my filthy mitts on one of these and am really looking forward to getting a session on it.
I will let you know how it goes then.
Oh and I got a bamboo negative Ion enhancing Krypt t-shirt off MT also. Feels very comfy! You should get yourself one as it should make you feel like you have had a surf even if you haven't!
Plenty of difference between the previous SERIES V MT5 to the newer MT5-S
As Robin mentions in his post, the new mats have a reduced centre beam and is alot thinner , which is similar to the JT5 in thickness.
SCUMM TEAM RIDER Eric Bridges ( pictured above) visited Mark late last year and though he didn't get to test ride the new model, he was so impressed that it brought him down to his knees!
plenty of grip compared to the older versions
First Surf Report
from Australian Surf Mat Rider
Ok so firstly I am rapt that having inspected the new deck material yesterday that I chose not to grip it up with Sikaflex or to apply wax today. As it is brilliant, providing plenty of grip whilst allowing the rider to move around.