Torq TEC vs ACT review – Better than Future Flex?Martijn Ronday
There is no doubt about it, Torq plays an important part of today’s surfboard market. Initially, they focussed on the beginner to intermediate market with the revolutionary Torq Epoxy Technology, or better known as TET. About 5 years ago the TEC (Torq Epoxy Composite) range was introduced and proved to be an immediate success for all types of surfers. Most recently, Torq managed to revolutionize the surf market once more with their latest ACT technology. In this blog I’ll compare and review the TEC vs ACT technology to determine which is better and explain the differences.
TEC in short
It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of the TEC construction for a while now. I own several TEC models like the 6’0 PG-R, the 6’0 Thruster, the 6’6 M2 and the 6’10 Chopper. The Chopper is my most recent love and I’ve had it since March 2020.
Performance: TEC is an Epoxy construction. Epoxy is sometimes known to lack flex and feel a bit stiff. TEC is an exception for it feels lively under your feet and has good flex and reflex characteristics. You feel the feedback as you’re surfing, and it holds its own in all sorts of conditions. I’ve surfed a Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto for years which is also an epoxy construction. The Hypto always struggles a bit with choppy (onshore) conditions. Boards in the TEC technology don’t struggle at all in these conditions if you ask me.
Weight: One of the great features of a TEC board is its weight. The boards are light but feel solid at the same time. This in part has to do with the high quality and dense foam that’s used.
Durability: Another great characteristic of TEC is its durability. They just seem to last forever. Thus far I had to get only one of my boards fixed after I fell on it and leterally nearly broke my leg. The board show hardly any indentation on the deck and the glassing is still solid. No pressure cracks or anything like that.
Affordability: Pretty important as well right? Well, TEC has this one covered! Most models are very affordable and are often significantly cheaper than most other well-known brands, sometimes even coming in at a price comparable with PU boards.
ACT in short
Performance: ACT is on the market for a few years now and I have surfed a couple of different models. I also own a 6’0 Multiplier which is very similar to my 6’0 Hypto Krypto, so I can compare them well. My other ACT board is a 9’1 Don HP (High Performance) and let me start with that. It is unlike any other longboard I have ever surfed before. There is just so much instant feedback from the board that I can do anything I want. Truly, it is amazing and I’m super stoked with it. I also notice the high-level constructional performance when I surf the Multiplier. it simply feels like the best of the best.
Weight: The weight is just as impressive. It never ceases to amaze me how light the longboard is when I carry it. Often a light longboard doesn’t feel very nice on a wave, but that’s clearly not the case with the ACT technology.
Durability: I’ve not owned the ACT boards long enough to say they’re as durable as the TEC boards, but I can confidently say these are durable boards as well. Perhaps not as durable as TEC, but surely a lot more durable than PU boards or other Epoxy boards on the market today.
Affordability: ACT boards have great affordability. I don’t say that because they’re cheap, but compared to competitors they are a lot more affordable. A 6’0 Multiplier for example is 689,- and a 6’0 Hypto Krypto is 879,-. That’s almost €200,- cheaper.
TEC vs ACT
I’ve tried to write this review/comparison about TEC vs ACT as short and clear as I can, but here is a short side by side to summarize my findings.
|Performance 4/5||Performance 5/5|
|Durability 5/5||Durability 4/5|
|Weight 4/5||Weight 5/5|
|Affordability 5/5||Affordability 4/5|
What technology is best for you depends on what you’re looking for really. If you’re looking for the best of the best and high performance I believe you’re better off with boards in the Torq ACT construction. If you want a more durable board that’s more affordable a TEC board is the right call. Obviously I’ve done this comparisson within the Torq range, but I’m confident that both constructions hold their own against other quality brands, if not all, out there.
Is ACT better than Future Flex from Hayden Shapes?
This is a tough one. I’ve owned a couple of different boards, like the Hypto and the Holy Grail, in the Future Flex construction and absolotely adore them. Future Flex is also a very high performing construction and light weight. The difference between ACT and Future Flex lies most noticibly in durability if you ask me. Future Flex is in my experience more susceptible to indentation and dings compared to ACT. Also, Future Flex is quite a bit more expensive than ACT. Overall, I think I would have to say ACT is the better construction. This might come as a surprise to some, but once you’ve surfed ACT you might find you agree. ACT really is #nextlevel.