Quatro Freeride 125 comes with a fairly low price tag and is by far the heaviest board in the test. Quatro Freeride 125 is a really great board if you prioritize maneuverability over speed and early planing.
The board does not quite reach the same level as the other boards in terms of speed (Fanatic Hawk & Starboard Carve) and top-end control (Tabou Rocket). At the same time Quatro Freeride was ranked as the third best board when it comes to gybing.
Clearly, Quatro as a brand is more focused on gybing and waves than performance in terms of early planing and speed. Boardtests.com
Hard facts – Quatro Freeride 125
Length: 246 cm
Width: 68 cm
Volume: 125 L
Sail range: 5,5 – 8,5
Boards (UK) August 2010 – Quatro Freeride 125
To get going the Quatro Freeride 125 does feel a little heavier than the others and suffers in the acceleration stakes. At top speed the Quatro Freeride can just about match the other boards when worked hard, but requires considerably more effort than the best blasting boards of this group to go fast on.
When comfortably powered this is okay, but when you get a gust or reach the top end it’s noticeably more awkward to drive the power through your back foot.
Gybes are where the Quatro Freeride really excels. For advanced gybers the Quatro Freeride scored third best in the group (just behind the Fanatic Hawk 120 and Starboard Carve 121). The Quatro Freeride is great for gybing because it’s very smooth; it sets the arc and holds it, but you can still turn extremely tightly on it. It really is awesome at hard, full-speed turns. The only downside is the slight lack of acceleration out of the turn if you do lose speed.
Windsport.com June, 2009 – Quatro Freeride 125:
The Quatro Freeride was the last board to get planing with the 7.5 m2 sails but it truly made the most of the 5.7 m2 sails on windier days. The Quatro Freeride responds well to gusts as it accelerates and it remains stable and smooth once planing.
Advanced riders can find a hidden gear for more speed with some fine tuning. The Quatro Freeride also does a great job of making jibing easy. Despite its volume, the Quatro Freeride remains stable while smoothly carving through a turn. Plus, there is a reward of more speed on exit when starting with a more aggressive weight-forward entry.