Straight or Foldable?
Choosing the right model Sjoelbak can be a bit of a struggle for some people.
Both models have distinct advantages.
The traditional HS-40 is my personal favorite. It is what I grew up on and in my mind it is how the board is supposed to look. It is also less expensive (I am very Dutch!).
But for those of you who want to take your Sjoelbak places, I would definitely recommend the Foldable model HS 40FS. It is so much easier to fit in the back of your car and stores nicely in a motor home.
Many people are concerned about the seam of the foldable board interfering with the game. This however is not the case. In building the foldable model our manufacturer starts out with a finished traditional board, cuts it in half (for the perfect fit) and then adds the hinges. The board is adjusted in such a way that the half of the board that is closest to your body when playing is a fraction of an inch higher than the second half. This assures that the pucks always slide perfectly. Only when you are sliding the pucks so hard that they bounce back can you sometimes hear that there is a seam. Hitting the seam on the way back does not alter the direction of the puck though.
Playing the pucks so hard that they bounce back very far is never a good playing strategy though. In that respect the seam is a good warning; you are sliding your pucks too fast!
Storing the foldable board can in some cases be easier but the traditional model fits nicely up against the wall in a coat closet or behind a bedroom door . To me the best place is just up against the wall in the corner of my dining room. The wood is pleasant to look at it keeps the board easily accessible at all times.
Whether you choose our foldable or our traditional model, both boards are built well, play well and will give you years and years of sjoelen fun!