Review | 2014 Fatyak Hono Multipurpose Board
Our Fatyak Hono board arrived finished in gloss black - it looks fantastic and of high-quality throughout.
In addition to the stealthy black finish, a range of colours are available: yellow, red, purple, green, orange, pink and light or dark blue. You can also elect for a pure white finish, which looks particularly cool against it's black fixtures and fittings.
Rather than using the traditional manufacturing technique of a composite bodyboard, the Hono is rotationally moulded from polyethylene and uses the same manufacturing process that Fatyak uses to produce its superb range of sit-on-top kayaks.
It has four grab handles, fixed to the deck (the top of the board), using stainless steel hex-bolts, so they are rust-resistant and robust. Two are placed at the nose of the board (the front), on either side and two towards the rear. The board also features a drain-plug (should there be any water-ingress) and a central leash-plug. A coiled wrist leash is included.
The Hono features a bat-tail which generally means, along with a wider point nearer the nose, that it would be better for assuming the prone position as weight rests further up the board. It also looks pretty cool and obviously works well with the sinister black finish of our board. If batman surfed...
A large Fatyak logo adds some further style and to the nose of the board, a silver Hono transfer and proudly, that it is Made in Britain, being designed and manufactured in Williton, Somerset. It is also good to see a safety statement as part of the design.
We contacted Fatyak to see whether we were able to fit a GoPro bodyboard mount to the deck but this wasn't recommended. If you're planning to fit an action camera to your Hono please take this in to account and don't drill your board! Instead we fitted a self-adhesive GoPro mount to the nose and using a tether, made good use of one of the handles to add security in the event of the mount failing.
Heading to the Beach
We usually park around half a mile from the beach when we surf and that has never presented any issue. However, personally I found the Hono extremely awkward to carry over this distance. It is heavy when compared to a traditional bodyboard and wide - making it difficult to hold comfortably under one arm. To be fair, since we received our board, Fatyak have recognised the weight issue and put it on something of a diet, shaving a substantial 1kg from its bulk, with it now tipping the scales at 4kgs.
It's good to see that, because they are designed and produced in-house, Fatyak are able to continuously evolve their products, based on their own experiences and customer feedback. Considering this, we think that in addition to the lighter weight, a hand-hold moulded in to the underside of the board, along one of the channels perhaps, would solve the issue with carrying and we'd love to try a revised design, taking this in to account*.