Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-13-12 1:06 PM (EST)
some deck pads of the boards I demo'd were hard on bare feet - the vertical grooved ones.
Not immediately, but after a couple hours, they seemed like I was walking on a grater lol. srsly, they hurt. And when I wore water booties (like I will in colder water later) they seemed to "trip and stick" on the ridges.
For me, the diamond patterned pads are lower profile and softer, and feel much nicer underfoot than the vertical ridged ones. Easier for me to slide my feet while providing some grip. That was another reason to like the Raven.
But afa I know, you can order a replacement pad of whatever you like and cut it down to fit your board, so everyone can get the pad they prefer. Some are large one piece pads and some are pieced out into sections.