Everything you need to know about our two hull technologies.
The launch of Radinn’s XDL construction—the latest in our growing line of hull technologies—means more ways to build the perfect jetboard for every surf setup. But how do you know which hull style is right for you?
We sat down with Radinn’s Chief Product Officer, Martin Malmqvist, to chat about the differences between our XDL and LTD constructions. Read on to learn about the breakdown of each board.
XDL Hull Tech
Our newly-developed XDL Hull Tech stands for Extremely Durable and Lightweight. Martin describes the construction, which consists of high-impact thermoforming around an airy polystyrene core, as feeling like a "pure plastic material."
"The very outer layer of the hull is a plastic sheet formed through heat and vacuum around the board," he explains. "It has the extreme ability to withstand scratches, scuff marks, and those kinds of blemishes."
In addition to cosmetic durability, Martin also notes that the XDL Hull has high impact durability thanks to additional fiberglass layers lined throughout.
"It’s quite difficult to punch a hole through this board if you hit something or drop it," he says. "There are layers of glass fiber in different places to achieve the optimum durability in those specific parts of the board. In certain parts of the board there are even strips of carbon fiber in addition to the glass fiber. So we are further creating strength just where it’s needed."
When it comes to the weight of the board, the new XDL construction is lighter on account of it’s foam core and ultra-optimized design. What’s more, it’s also considered a zero plastic-scrap production, with the inside layer using recycled plastic.
Explains Martin, "The skin of the board is made up of two layers, where the second layer—the not visible one—is actually scrap from the production that’s just fed right in."
LTD Hull Tech
For those familiar with Radinn jetboards, LTD Hull Tech is what you already know and love. LTD Hulls are comprised of several layers of glass and carbon fiber, resin, paint, and varnish. While that makes them more sensitive to wear and tear, it also provides a more elevated feel.
"Compared to our XDL Hulls, LTD Hulls should be considered higher-end," Martin says. "They’re actually handcrafted. The core of the board is precision molded in an industrial fashion, and then the various layers are added by hand according to years of board-building experience."
Martin adds that the final layer is fixed and formed into shape by a vacuum, before the paint and graphics are added on manually.
"The result is a board that feels more premium," he reiterates. “The XDL Hull boards like the X-Sport are utilitarian: they’re just meant to be used. The LTD Hull is more about adding flare to the jetbard.
Selecting your hull style
When it comes to what hull technology makes sense for you, it all depends on how and where you’re riding. We’ve outlined the basics below, so you can be confident in your surf setup
XDL Hull Tech | The Freeride X-Sport
Choose this if…
You plan to ride in locations where you could encounter a significant amount of rock and debris that might chip the hull
You’d like to be more casual about storing and transporting the board (i.e. tossing it in the back of your pickup)
You expect to be more aggressive and rough in your riding style
You prefer a sporty look and feel
LTD Hull Tech | The Freeride + The Carve
Choose this if…
You plan to ride in waters that are mostly deep and open, with less likelihood to encounter rocks and debris
You have the time and resources to be more intentional about storing and transporting the board (i.e. stowing it in a boat garage or dock shed)
You expect to be more laid-back and explorational in your riding style