I like to have a sail with a large windrange. I like a sail which is lightweight. I like something dureable. I like some speed, but more important not just a 3 second acceleration, speed which I can keep up all day (light sail on the hands). I like a cammed sail. I like a sail which is easy to gybe, waterstart, etc.
I don't care about acceleration from 0-30 km/h. I don't do slalom and getting into planning isn't a problem.
I don't care about max speed at 130~145 degrees downwind course. Most often I sail between 70-110 degrees.
I don't care if the sail is used by the (next) PWA slalom champion.
OK ok ok, above some thoughts for the sail I am looking for. It is required to filter some sails, because there are at least 15 brands and some of them have 2 types of cammed sails. To make chosing a bit easier I propose the following steps
- All PWA-slalom sails are not included (warp, RS racing, vapor, reflex, etc.). These sails are marketed for slalom. I don't do slalom;
- All non-cam sails are not included. I think non-cams sails have a smaller windrange. And having cams and a bit more weight is better than have to rig twice on a day;
- All freeride-cam sails are not included (these are mostly focused on the 0-30km/h acceleration part);
- It would be prefered if the sails are RDM and SDM compatible.
So what is left for those just blasting around?
- KA Koncept (SDM/RDM compatible);
- Severne Overdrive (SDM/RDM compatible);
- Neilpryde RS:Racing LT1 (confusing is this a slalom sail or not?);
- GA-sails Phantom ;
- Point-7 ACK;
- Gunsails Vector;
- Avanti Condor;
- Challenger GT2wing (kind of special?).
- North sails, what happened to the RAM range???? The S-type is not convincing. Windsurf.co.uk concludes "Delivering a benchmark all-round performance, the S_Type combines enough performance potential for all but the most dedicated with sublime handling and a massive tuneable range.";
- These are a bit to much freeride for me, based on online reviews (Ezzy Lion, Tushingham Bolt, Simmer 2XS, Attitude Hornet).
If I had to choose three sails to test and do my final pick, I would choose between:
- Severne Overdrive, again a new design, no fussle on the sail. Looks clean. RDM/SDM compatible. Increased twist and less back-hand pressure. If it is not just marketing, this sail sure sounds like a dream come true!
- KA Koncept, RDM en SDM compatible. Lightweight character. Finetuned design for a decade. Sailsizes from 4.2-9.5 (very wide range). Looks durable.
- Challenger GT2Wing, I mean who knows what to expect from this sail?? Is it racy or a fancy freeride sail?