Dakine vs VESL Surfboard Strap


Strap Width: Dakine = 1 3/8 inches and VESL = 1 1/8 inches

Strap Length: Dakine = 12 feet and VESL = 10 Feet

Duration of Test: 2 years for Dakine and 1 year for VESL

Both of these straps utilize the same type of pull to tighten technology but Axiom Surf has found the Dakine straps quality are a little better.


The Pro: The Dakine Baja Tie Down Straps – 12′ – Black and VESL Surf straps are great straps any way you look at it. The technology is really basic and Axiom Surf never had any of these come loose on the highway. These straps are made to hook over roof rack bars so if you’re running factory OEM roof racks you’ll have to find a way to mount them. Rock climbing carabiners can work for the factory rack.

The Con: Since the technology for straps in general have been around for a long time, these have no problems holding. We can tell the VESL straps quality are a little less than that of the Dakine but, for the price of the VESL you really can’t beat it.

Overall: This is a must have surf gear product when you have to strap your board to the top of the vehicle. The Dakine will probably hold a little more wait because the strap is 1 3/8 inch wide so if you’re loading a lot of boards or Stand Up Paddle Boards then, pay the extra money and get the Dakine Baja Straps.

2015 Ripcurl E4 Front Zip Wetsuit Review

Usability: (3 / 5)

Durable: (2.5 / 5)

Warmth: (4.3 / 5)

Stretchy: (4.3 / 5)

Overall: (3.5 / 5)


Thickness: 3/2 mm

Style: Front Zip

Duration of Test: 2 years

The Rip Curl Men’s E Bomb Chest Zip 3/2 Wetsuit, Large, Black is by far one of the best and comfortable wetsuit Axiom Surf has tested.


The Pro: The 3/2 thickness of this wetsuit keeps warm all year long in southern California. Only after 2 years Axiom Surf notice a little bit of leakage so we’ll end up sending it back to Rip Curl soon for a fix. The stretchy material makes it easy to take the suit on and off. There are suits out there which are such a pain to take off even when it’s not even that thick because they’re too stiff. We’ve also tested the same suit but zipperless and zipperless can be a hassle taking off when you have broad shoulders.

The Con:We’ve tested this suit out for roughly a year and a half to two years and the silicon seals by the crotch is pealing apart and the zipper is tough to zip across the chest. After having RipCurl look at the issues, they deem the suit non-repairable.

Overall: Axiom Surf would definitely recommend this to anyone in the market but, get the front zip. We haven’t tried their back zip but, I do have the E4 zipperless and it’s a bit tight at the neck. The front zip has a pull string you can tighten the front up to your liking which is by the zipper. There is a standard key pocket for your car key in the left leg. A solid suit just wish the seals were better.

Rinse Kit Portable Shower Review

Usability: (4.3 / 5)

Durable: (3 / 5)

Overall: (3.6 / 5)


Dimensions: 17x12x14 inches

Weight: 9 lbs. dry

Tank Capacity: 2 gallons

The Rinse Kit Portable Sprayer pressurized portable shower is a optimal way to clean yourself after a fun surf session.


The Pro: This device is really easy to fill up and has a really nice strong hose cord. Axiom Surf has been using this for camping and surfing with no problems at all. We like how you can remove the lid, stand on it and easily rinse your feet off. Putting your sandals back on without sand on your feet is always the challenge right? The hose attachment is exactly like the one you find at your house where you can change different spray settings. When the pressure goes low, switching the nozzle to jet will give you a little extra water pressure.

The Con: Axiom Surf wish there was a way to fill this up without using the hose and still have the Rinse Kit pressurized. The hose provides the pressure so this unit doesn’t need any electric device to pump the water. Another wish would be to heat the water up easily somehow and put it into the container. Lastly, sometimes the pressure runs low but there is still water in the reservoir.

Overall: This is a great product for your daily surf routine and to have as part of your surf gear. It especially comes in handy when the beaches close the public showers due to drought and you need a wash. In regards to camping, it may be hard to find a hose hookup to fill up the Rinse Kit when you need a quick shower.

6’2″ Dakine Surfboard Bag Review

Usability: (4 / 5)

Durable: (3.8 / 5)

Padding Thickness: (3.2 / 5)

Overall: (3.7 / 5)


Bag Length: 6’2″

The Dakine Mens One Size Black is made of a durable material keeping your board protected from the elements.


The Pro: Axiom Surf ran this surfboard bag for many years and it’s been tossed around in airplanes, on top of cars, in garages and still haven’t had any rips or tears. Dakine does make quality bags so you wouldn’t expect anything different from this bag. The shoulder strap is convenient and the handle is padded for long hauls.

The Con: We aren’t sure why but, why don’t companies integrate more pockets on the surfboard bags? It would be great if you can store wax, combs, keys and fins in one bag. Unfortunately, accessory pockets don’t exist. Lastly, the padding is decent but we did end up wrapping our boards in towels and tapping it up for extra protection. Surfboards are expensive.

Overall: The Dakine surfboard bag is pretty generic bag a side from the quality material it’s made out of. We wouldn’t recommend this for travel abroad but, does work great is your in and around town. Check out the updated bags below.

6’5″ ION Surfboard bag Review

Usability: (4 / 5)

Durable: (4 / 5)

Padding Thickness: (3.8 / 5)

Overall: (3.9 / 5)


Bag Length: 6’5″

The ION surf bag will protect your board with a thicker and quality padding used.


The Pro: This surfboard bag does have a better padding built into it and consumers can see through the window it’s perforated pad make it more breathable. The pocket in the inside is to pack your fins while, the one outside is used to put your identification card. It’s a great travel bag with shoulder strap and handle giving you the ability to carry on your shoulder or hand.

The Con: Although the padding is great quality, Axiom Surf still recommends adding another layer of padding when utilizing the board on airborne travel trips. We did hope they will use a more secure ID cardholder or something that is enclose. There could be a scenario when users are constantly opening and closing the ID card the card itself can come loose.

Overall: We would highly recommend this bag to anyone in the market for a shortboard carrier. There are a lot of brands and the bags are generally the same but, ION did think about the travel scenario for surfers.

ION surfboard footpad deck grip traction pad 3-pcs grey / orange