Articles

Subscribe to our newsletter!

Don't miss our news: subscribe to our newsletter!
I agree with the Privacy policy


How to choose a new board or a new sail? Only by their colors or by the discount we can get? The basic idea of this article is to find out which are the best boards and sails on the market, or the most suitable for everyone’s needs, in an objective way and comparing data from different sources.

 

Windsurf test: boards and sails 2014

Inside the small world of windsurfing, it is actually not easy to find complete, unbiased and reliable information. There are few specialised magazines and it is very infrequent to have comparisons with products from the same category, with exhaustive analysis and scores. But, with a little luck, we could find very good tests, furthermore from different sources. We have 3 different magazines (one from German, Windsurfing Jahrbuch, and two from France, Planchemag and Windmag), each one collecting the results of all 2014 windsurfing gear tests (boards and sails, divided by category). At the end, the average score of the three magazines will give us a final classification, so we will have a more clear idea for the next buying. If you want to read the same comparing of 2015 equipment, click here

Advertisewithus

 

Equipment Test 2014

SLALOM BOARDS: We have tests just in two magazines, with slightly different sizes (107-110 liters for one test and 100 liters for the other). The result is univocal, the winning board is the Starboard iSonic (107 and 97). It gets the highest score and it is one of the favorite of the testers for both. Choice of the testers for one of the two magazines is also the RRD X-fire (PWA world champion 2014, rider Antoine Albeau), but its score is lower than the Exocet RS3/4 100 and 110, in the second place.

FREERACE BOARDS: These boards have been tested only by one magazine (volume 110 liters). Full victory (score and testers’ choice) for the Tabou Speedster 108. Second place for the Starboard Futura 111. The Futura seems to be easier and more exploitable than the French board, but it has lower overall performances.

FREERIDE BOARDS: The comparisons in this category are more complicated, due to the fact that at the moment there are two different types of boards: the more classical ones (i.e. Starboard Carve or JP X-cite ride) and the modern wide ones (i.e. Starboard AtomIQ or JP Magic Ride). Some says that in the future we will have more and more short, wide and thin freeride boards. But, up to now, the two types of freeride boards are still coexisting. Fanatic, for instance, is trying to find a merging between the two shapes. In fact, the 2015 Gecko will be a compromise (for the largest sizes) between the very wide 2014 Gecko and the classic shaped Shark (not to be produced anymore starting from 2015). In general, the most winning board is the Fanatic Gecko (120 and 105), overall winner in all the tests where it took part in (3 out of 6). At the second place we have the Tabou Rocket 125, 135 and 145 (in 4 tests the Tabou get two victories, one second place and one third place) and the Fanatic Shark 120 and 135 (one first place and one second place).

FREESTYLE BOARDS: One of the three magazine tested this type of boards. The winner is the Fanatic Skate TE 101 (PWA world champion 2014, rider Gollito Estredo). Second place for Fanatic Skate (standard edition) 100 and Starbaord Flare 101, very close in terms of score to the Skate TE.

FREEWAVE BOARDS: 4 tests available, volumes between 85 and 105 liters. The battle is between the Tabou 3S 86, 96 and 106 and the Fanatic Freewave (same sizes), with the 3S slightly ahead. The French board is in the first place in 3 tests out of 4, while the Fanatic gained one first and two second places. Analyzing the scores of these two boards, we can see their different personality: Tabou is easier and faster (an high wind freeride), Fanatic is more technical and wave oriented (an easy wave board).

WAVE BOARDS: Sizes between 75 and 95 liters. First place for the Fanatic Quad TE 82, winner of the two tests where this board was present in. Good result for the Starboard Kode 82 and 87 (former world champion, rider Philip Köster), with one first and one second place.

INFLATABLE WINDSUP: Tested on one of the three magazines. This kind of gear are now used as beginner boards by many windsurfing school and by some riders in non-planing conditions. The overall winner is without doubt the Starboard 10’0 De Luxe , second place for the Fanatic Fly Air Premium Touring 11’ X 32 with a much lower score.

SLALOM SAILS: We don’t have a clear victory in this catergory. Considering the sum of the points for the two tests of these sails, the winner seems to be the Neil Pryde RS Racing Evo 6 7.0 and 7.8 square meters (PWA world champion 2014, rider Antoine Albeau), one of the favorite of the testers for both the magazines. Second place for the Gaastra Vapor (7.1 and 7.9) and the Loft Sails Racing Blade (7.0 and 7.8), with the Loft slightly ahead, as it is one of the favorite of the testers for two magazines (the Gaastra is a testers’ choice just for one magazine).

FREERACE SAILS 2-3 CAMBERS: tested by two magazines, sizes between 7.7 and 8.2 meters. The Severne Overdrive 7.8 is the winner in both the tests, favorite of the testers for one. Second place for the Loft Sails Switch Blade 7.8 (one first and one third place, favorite of the testers for one magazine), third place very close for the North Sails Ram 7.8 (just half point below, testers’ choice for one magazine).

FREERIDE SAILS 2 CAMBERS: Tested by all the three magazines, sizes between 7.0 and 8.1. The battle is between the Gaastra Cosmic (7.5 and 8.0) and the Gun Sails Sunray (7.5 and 8.0). Gun Sails is half point above the Gaastra , but it is one of the favorite of the testers for one magazine (two for the Gaastra). In the second place we have Naish Indy (7.0 and 7.6), Neil Pryde Hornet (7.2 and 7.7) and North Sails S-type (7.3 and 7.8).

FREERIDE/FREERACE SAILS NO CAMBERS: Tested by all the three magazines, sizes between 6.4 and 7.3. Clear victory for the Severne NCX (6.5 and 7.0), gaining two first and one second place, favorite of the testers in all the tests. Second place for the Loft Sails Oxygen (6.8 and 7.3), with two second places and one testers’ choice.

LIGHT FREERIDE SAILS: Just one test available, size 6.4-6.5. The winner is the North Sails Curve 6.4, second place for the Gaastra Pilot 6.5

CROSSOVER/FREEMOVE/FREEWAVE SAILS: Sizes 5.5 to 6.1. Battle between Ezzy Sails Legacy 5.8, Naish Vibe 5.5 (both winners in two different tests) and North Sails Volt (one first and one second place in two tests). Second place for the Gaastra Cross 6.0.

FREESTYLE SAILS: One test available, size 4.7-4.8. The winner is the North Sails Idol LTD 4.7 (PWA world champion, rider Gollito Estredo). Second place for the Gaastra Pure, the Severne Freek, the Gun Sails Beat, the Maui Sails Loco Pro and the Hot Sails Maui Freestyle Pro, all with the same score (very close to the Idol) and the same size, 4.8.

WAVE SAILS: Many sails tested and with different features. We have 3 batten sails (at the moment they seems to be very good especially for down the line surfing), 4 batten sails (probably the most common type for wavesailing) and 5 batten sails (very powerful sails, good choice for high wind freeriding, too). Sizes 4.5 to 5.4. The battle is between the North Sails Hero (4 battens, 5.0 and 5.3 tested) and the Gaastra Poison (5 battens, 5.0 and 5.4). They get the same score, but the North is the favorite of the testers. Second place for the Gun Sails Transwave (5 battens, 5.3 tested), just one point below the North and the Gaastra.

 

 

Boards comparison from "Windsurfing Jahrbuch" (max vote 6)

Wave boards 85 liters Design Acceleration Speed Top end control Maneuverability User friendliness Total    
Tabou Pocket Wave 85 6 5 4 6 5 6 32    
Tabou Da Curve Quadster 86 4 4 5 5 6 4 28    
Starboard Nuevo Carbon 86 4 4 5 6 6 5 30    
Starboard Quad Carbon 87 5 5 5 5 5 5 30    
Starboard Kode Wave Wood 87 6 6 6 5 4 5 32    
Fanatic Quad TE 82 5 5 5 5 6 6 32    
Fanatic Triwave TE 81 5 5 6 5 4 6 31    
Quatro Sphere Thruster 82 5 4 4 6 6 6 31    
Quatro Pyramide Thruster 84 4 5 5 6 6 4 30    
Quatro Cube Quad 84 5 4 5 5 6 5 30    
Exocet X-Wave 81 5 4 5 6 4 5 29    
                   
                   
Freestyle boards 100 liters Design Acceleration Speed Top end control Maneuverability Take off freestyle Sliding Take off Jump Total
Tabou Twister Team 100 4 5 5 5 5 6 6 4 40
Fanatic Skate TE 101 5 6 5 5 5 6 6 4 42
Fanatic Skate 100 6 5 5 6 5 4 4 6 41
Starboard Flare Carbon 101 4 5 6 5 6 6 5 4 41
                   
                   
Crossover boards 95 liters Design Acceleration Speed Top end control Maneuverability User friendliness Total    
Tabou 3S LTD 96 5 5 5 6 6 6 33    
Patrick Diethelm Freestyle Wave 93 5 5 5 5 6 5 31    
Starboard Kode Freestyle Wave Carbon 94 5 5 6 5 5 5 31    
Fanatic Hawk LTD 97 6 6 6 4 4 4 30    
Fanatic Freewave Textreme 96 5 5 5 6 6 5 32    
Exocet Cross Silver 94 5 5 5 5 5 5 30    
Quatro Freestyle Wave 95 5 5 5 6 6 5 32    
                   
                   
Freeride boards 120 liters Design Acceleration Low wind speed High wind speed Top end control Maneuverability Planing User friendliness Total
Patrick Diethelm Freeride 125 4 5 5 5 6 6 5 5 41
Starboard Futura Carbon 121 5 5 5 6 4 5 5 4 39
Fanatic Hawk LTD 125 5 6 5 6 4 4 5 4 39
Fanatic Gecko LTD 120 6 4 5 4 6 5 6 6 42
Tabou Rocket LTD 125 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 41
Starboard Carve Carbon 121 5 5 5 4 6 5 5 5 40
Fanatic Shark HRS 120 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 6 42
Exocet Scross Carbon 116 5 5 5 6 5 5 5 5 41
                   
                   
Freeride boards 140 liters Design Acceleration Low wind speed High wind speed Top end control Maneuverability Planing User friendliness Total
Patrick Diethelm Freeride 145 5 5 5 6 5 6 5 5 42
Starboard Carve Carbon 141 6 5 5 4 5 5 6 5 41
Starboard Futura Carbon 141 6 6 5 6 5 4 5 4 41
Fanatic Shark LTD 135 5 5 5 6 4 6 5 6 42
Tabou Rocket LTD 145 6 5 6 4 6 5 6 5 43
Exocet Scross Carbon 138 5 5 5 5 5 3 5 5 38

 

 

 

Boards comparison from "PLANCHEMAG" (max vote 10)

Slalom boards 107-115 liters Planing Control Stability Easy of jibe Acceleration after jibe Upwind Overall performance Top speed Total Testers' choice  
Exocet RS4 111 10 10 10 10 9,5 10 9 9,5 78    
Fanatic Falcon 110 9 8,5 9 9 9 9 9,5 10 73    
Patrik Diethelm Slalom V2 115 9,5 9,5 9,5 10 9,5 9,5 9,5 10 77    
RRD X-Fire V6 114 9,5 9 9 9,5 9,5 10 10 10 76,5 X  
Starboard iSonic Carbon 107 10 10 9,5 9,5 10 10 10 10 79 X  
Tabou Manta Pro Team 71-116 9,5 9 8,5 9 9,5 9,5 10 10 75    
                       
                       
Freerace boards 108-116 liters Planing Control Exploitability Easy of jibe Acceleration after jibe Upwind Overall performance Top speed Total Testers' choice  
Exocet Scross Carbon 116 8,5 8 9,5 10 10 9 8,5 9 72,5    
JP Super Sport Pro 112 9 9 9 9 9,5 10 9,5 9,5 74,5    
Starboard Futura Carbon 111 9,5 10 10 9,5 9,5 8,5 9 9,5 75,5    
Tabou Speedster LTD 108 10 10 9 9 10 10 10 10 78 X  
                       
                       
X-large freeride boards 118-130 liters Planing Control Straps Exploitability Easy of jibe Jibe radicality Fun Upwind Speed Total Testers' choice
Exocet Xcross Pro 130 7 10 9 10 9 10 8 7 7 77  
Fanatic Gecko LTD 120 9 10 8 9 10 9 9 8 10 82 X
JP Magic Ride Pro 118 7,5 9 10 9 9 8 7 9 10 78,5  
RRD Firemove V2 LTD 122 7,5 8 10 9 10 10 10 7 8 79,5 X
Starboard AtomIQ Carbon 120 8 9 7 10 9 7 6 8 9 73 X
Tabou Thunder CED 130 10 7 6 9 8 8 5 10 9 72  
                       
                       
Freeride boards 120-130 liters Planing Control Straps Exploitability Easy of jibe Jibe radicality Fun Speed Total Testers' choice  
Fanatic Hawk LTD 125 9 7 9 7 7 10 10 10 69    
Goya Freeride Carrera 130 10 9 7 10 10 8 7 9 70    
JP X-Cite Ride Plus Pro 125 9 9 10 10 9 9 7 9 72    
Patrik Diethelm F-Ride 125 8 10 9 8 8 10 9 10 72 X  
RRD Firestorm V2 LTD 120 10 9 8 9 9 9 8 10 72 X  
Starboard Carve Carbon 121 9 8 8 10 10 10 9 9 73    
Tabou Rocket LTD 125 10 10 7 9 10 10 8 9 73 X  
                       
                       
Freewave boards 93-101 liters Planing Control Exploitability Surf Bump & jump Speed Total Testers' choice      
Exocet Xwave 101 10 9 10 9 9 8 55        
Fanatic Freewave TE 96 8 9 9 10 10 8 54 X      
Goya One Pro 95 7 8 9 8 8 7 47        
JP Freestyle Wave Pro 93 9 7 8 9 10 9 52        
RRD Freestyle Wave V3 LTD 94 9 9 10 9 10 9 56        
Starboard Kode Freestyle Wave Carbon 94 9 7 8 7 10 9 50        
Tabou 3S LTD 96 9 10 10 8 10 10 57 X      
                       
                       
Wave boards 83-94 liters Testers' choice                    
Fanatic Tri Wave TE 88 X                    
Goya Custom Quad Wave 94                      
Quatro Thruster Pyramid 84 X                    
RRD Wave Cult LTD V5 83                      
Starboard Kode Wave Carbon 87 X                    
Tabou Pocket Wave 85                      

 

 

Boards comparison from "WINDMAG" (max vote 10)

Slalom boards 100 liters Planing Control Jibe Bottom end performance Top end performance Total Testers' choice  
Exocet RS3 100 8 8 8 9 10 43    
Fanatic Falcon 100 8 6 9 9 10 42    
Patrik Diethelm Slalom 100 7 8 8 9 10 42    
Starboard iSonic 97 8 8 8 10 10 44 X  
Tabou Manta 66 106 8 7 8 10 10 43    
                 
                 
Inflatable windsup Accessibility Confort Maneuverability Control Versatility Total Testers' choice  
Exocet Discovery 9'8 8 8 9 6 8 39    
Fanatic Fly Air Premium Touring 11' X 32 8 9 9 6 8 40    
Naish Cross Over Air 11' 7 8 7 8 8 38    
Starboard Windsup Inflat. 10'0 Deluxe 10 10 10 10 9 49 X  
                 
                 
Freeride boards 135 liters Planing Control Confort Performance Accessibility Total Testers' choice  
Bic Techno 133 7 8 6 7 7 35    
Exocet Scross 138 Carbon 10 8 9 9 8 44 X  
Fanatic Hawk 135 LTD 8 8 10 10 8 44 X  
JP X-cite Ride Plus Pro Edition 135 9 8 9 9 8 43    
Naish GT 130 7 9 8 7 10 41    
Tabou Rocket 135 CED 8 8 9 8 9 42    
                 
                 
Freeride boards 100-105 liters Planing Control Confort Performance Accessibility Total Testers' choice  
Exocet Xcross 100 Pro model 7 9 9 7 9 41    
Fanatic Gecko 105 LTD 9 9 9 9 8 44 X  
JP Magic Ride 104 Pro Edition 9 8 9 8 8 42    
RRD Firemove 102 Wood 8 8 8 8 9 41    
                 
                 
Freemove/freewave boards 105 liters Planing Control Confort Freeride performance Wave performance Accessibility Total Testers' choice
Exocet Cross 104 Silver 8 9 7 10 7 8 49  
Fanatic Freewave 106 TXTR 9 8 8 8 10 8 51  
Tabou 3S 106 CED 8 8 9 9 9 8 51 X
                 
                 
Freewave boards 85 liters Planing Control Confort Freeride performance Performance Wave Total Testers' choice  
Exocet Cross 84 Carbon PRO 9 8 10 10 7 44    
Fanatic Freewave 86 TXTR 9 9 8 8 10 44 X  
Goya One 85 7 6 8 6 9 36    
JP Freestylewave 93 PRO 9 8 8 8 8 41    
Naish Starship 90 8 8 9 9 7 41    
Patrik FSW 86 9 6 6 8 10 39    
Starboard Kode FSW 86 Carbon 9 9 8 9 9 44 X  
Tabou 3S 86 CED 8 9 7 9 9 42 X  
                 
                 
Wave boards 75-85 liters Planing Control Maneuverability Small waves Big waves Total Testers' choice  
Exocet U-surf 76 8 8 10 10 8 44    
Fanatic Quad TE 82 8 10 10 8 10 46 X  
Fanatic Tri Wave 76 10 8 8 8 8 42    
Goya Custom Quad 78 8 8 8 10 8 42 X  
Patrik Trailer Wave Wild 83 10 6 6 8 6 36    
Quatro Pyramid Thruster 76 6 10 10 4 10 40    
RRD Firewave LTD 82 10 6 6 8 6 36    
RRD Wave Cult V5 LTD 83 10 6 8 8 8 40    
JP Single Thruster 83 Pro Edition 10 8 6 8 6 38    
JP Twinser Quad 74 Pro Edition 6 10 8 6 10 40    
Naish Wave 85 6 10 6 3 10 35    
Novenove Chamaleon 85 8 6 10 10 6 40    
Starboard Kode Wave Carbon 82 10 6 10 10 8 44    
Starboard NuEvo Carbon 86 10 8 8 10 6 42 X  
Tabou Da Curve 75 8 10 10 8 10 46 X  
Tabou Pocket 80 10 8 8 10 6 42    

 

 

Sails comparison from "Windsurfing Jahrbuch" (max vote 6)

Wave sails 5.3 m² Design Acceleration Speed Top end control Maneuverability User friendliness Total    
Gaastra Manic 5.3 5 5 5 6 5 5 31    
Gaastra Poison 5.4 6 6 6 5 4 5 32    
Gaastra IQ 5.4 4 4 4 5 6 5 28    
Vandal Sails Enemy 5.3 5 5 5 5 5 5 30    
Vandal Sails Riot 5.2 4 5 5 5 5 6 30    
Severne Blade 5.3 6 6 6 5 5 6 34    
Severne S-1 5.2 5 4 4 5 6 5 29    
North Sails Hero 5.3 6 5 5 5 6 5 32    
Point-7 Swag 5.1 4 4 4 4 6 6 28    
Gun Sails Transwave 5.3 6 5 5 5 5 5 31    
Gun Sails Blow 5.2 5 5 5 5 6 5 31    
North Sails Idol 5.3 6 6 5 4 5 5 31    
Maui Sails Legend 5.3 4 4 4 6 6 4 28    
Maui Sails Global 5.4 6 5 5 5 5 5 31    
Gun Sails Peak 5.3 5 5 5 6 5 5 31    
Hot Sails Maui Firelight 5.3 5 5 5 5 6 5 31    
Maui Sails Mutant 5.1 5 5 5 5 6 6 32    
Point-7 Salt 5.2 5 5 5 5 5 5 30    
Severne Swat 5.2 5 5 5 4 6 5 30    
Hot Sails Maui Superfreak M.E. 5.3 5 4 4 5 5 5 28    
KA Sails Killer 5.3 5 5 5 5 4 4 28    
KA Sails Kryptonite 5.3 4 5 5 4 5 5 28    
                   
                   
Freestyle sails 4.8 m² Design Acceleration Speed Maneuverability Windrange Control Total    
Gaastra Pure 4.8 4 5 5 6 5 6 31    
Vandal Sails Riot 4.8 5 5 5 4 5 6 30    
Severne Freek 4.8 4 5 5 5 6 6 31    
North Sails Idol LTD 4.7 5 6 5 6 5 5 32    
Gun Sails Beat 4.8 6 5 5 5 5 5 31    
Maui Sails Loco Pro 4.8 4 5 6 5 5 6 31    
Hot Sails Maui Freestyle Pro 4.8 5 5 5 6 5 5 31    
                   
                   
Crossover sails 6.0 m² Design Acceleration Speed Top end control Maneuverability User friendliness Total    
Gaastra Cross 6.0 5 6 6 6 5 5 33    
Vandal Sails Addict 6.0 6 5 5 6 4 5 31    
North Sails Volt 5.9 6 6 5 6 5 5 33    
Gun Sails Torro 6.0 6 5 5 5 5 6 32    
Point-7 HF 5.9 6 5 5 4 4 5 29    
Severne Gator 6.0 5 5 4 5 6 6 31    
KA Sails Kult 5.8 5 5 5 5 5 5 30    
Hot Sails Maui Firelight 6.0 5 5 4 5 6 6 31    
                   
                   
Freeride sails 7.0 m² Design Acceleration Low wind speed High wind speed Top end control Maneuverability Planing User friendliness Total
Gaastra Matrix 7.0 5 5 6 5 5 5 5 6 42
Gaastra Savage 7.2 6 5 5 6 6 4 5 5 42
Vandal Sails Stitch 7.0 5 6 5 6 5 4 5 5 41
Vandal Sails Venture 7.2 5 4 5 4 6 5 5 6 40
North Sails E-type 7.3 6 5 5 5 6 5 5 6 43
Gun Sails Rapid 6.7 5 6 5 6 6 4 5 5 42
Gun Sails Future 6.9 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 40
Point-7 AC-X 7.0 5 6 5 6 4 4 5 5 40
Severne Gator 7.0 5 4 5 5 5 6 5 6 41
Severne NCX 7.0 6 6 5 6 5 5 5 5 43
Maui Sails Switch 7.0 5 5 5 5 6 5 5 5 41
KA Sails Koyote 6.6 5 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 38
                   
                   
Freeride sails 8.0 m² Design Acceleration Low wind speed High wind speed Top end control Maneuverability Planing User friendliness Total
Severne Turbo 8.1 5 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 41
North Sails S-type 7.8 6 6 6 5 5 5 6 6 45
Gun Sails Sunray 8.0 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 5 46
Gaastra Cosmic 8.0 6 5 6 5 5 6 6 5 44

 

 

 Sails comparison from "PLANCHEMAG" (max vote 10) 

Slalom sails 7.7-7.9 m² Power/planing Control Lightness Rotation Low wind speed High wind speed Total Testers' choice    
Gaastra Vapor 7.9 9,5 10 9 8,5 10 10 57 X    
Gun Sails GS-R 7.9 9 9,5 9 8,5 9 8,5 53,5      
Loft Racing Blade 7.8 10 10 8,5 8,5 10 10 57 X    
Maui Sails TR-X 7.7 9,5 9 9,5 9 10 10 57      
Neil Pryde RS: Racing Evo 6 7.8 10 10 10 9 10 10 59 X    
North Sails Warp F2014 7.8 8,5 9,5 10 10 9,5 10 57,5      
Point-7 AC1 Zero14 7.9 9,5 9,5 8 8,5 9,5 9,5 54,5      
Severne Reflex 5 7.8 9,5 9,5 9,5 9 9,5 9,5 56,5      
XO Sails Gold 7.8 9,5 9 9 8 10 9,5 55      
                     
                     
Freerace sails 2-3 cam 7.7-8.2 m² Power/planing Control Lightness Rotation Low wind speed High wind speed Total Testers' choice    
Avanti Condor 8.2 10 8 8 9 10 9 54 X    
Gaastra Phantom 7.8 10 10 8 8 10 10 56 X    
Gun Sails Vector 8.0 10 9 8 10 10 9 56      
Loft Switch Blade 7.8 9 10 9 10 9,5 10 57,5 X    
Neil Pryde H2 Racing 7.7 10 7 7 9 9 9 51      
North Sails Ram F14 7.8 8 9 9 10 9 10 55      
Severne Overdrive RS Slalom 7.8 9 10 10 9 9,5 10 57,5      
XO Sails Silver 7.8 8 9 8 8 9 9,5 51,5      
                     
                     
Freeride sails 2 cam 7.5-7.8 m² Power/planing Control Lightness Maneuverability Rotation Speed Total Testers' choice    
Gaastra Cosmic 7.5 9 10 10 10 10 10 59 X    
Gun Sails Sunray 7.5 9,5 10 9 9 10 10 57,5 X    
Naish Indy 7.6 10 8 10 9 9 9 55      
Neil Pryde Hornet 7.7 10 9 10 10 9 9 57      
North Sails S-Type 7.8 9 9 9 10 10 9 56      
                     
                     
Freerace sails no cam 7.0-7.3 m² Power/planing Control Lightness Maneuverability Speed Total Testers' choice      
Gaastra Savage 7.2 9 9,5 8,5 8 10 45        
Gun Sails Rapid 7.2 10 9 9 9 9,5 46,5        
Loft Sails Oxygen 7.3 8 10 10 10 10 48 X      
Neil Pryde Hellcat 7.2 10 9 8 8 10 45        
North Sails E-Type 7.3 10 8 9 9 9 45 X      
Severne NCX 7.0 9,5 9,5 9,5 10 10 48,5 X      
Simmer V-Max 7.2 8 8,5 8 8 8 40,5        
                     
                     
Light freeride sails no cam 6.4-6.5 m² Power/planing Control Lightness Maneuverability Speed Total Testers' choice      
Gaastra Pilot 6.5 10 9 8 8 10 45 X      
North Sails Curve 6.4 8 10 10 10 9 47 X      
Vandal Sails Venture 6.4 9 9 9 9 9 45        
XO Sails Eol 6.5 9 9 8 8 10 44        
                     
                     
Freemove sails 5.6-6.1 m² Power/planing Control Lightness Maneuverability/surf Speed Total Testers' choice      
Ezzy Sails Legacy 5.8 8 10 10 9 9 46        
Gaastra Cross 6.0 9 10 8 5 10 42 X      
Gun Sails Torro 6.0 9 8 8 8 9 42        
Naish Boxer 5.8 8 8 9 10 8 43 X      
Neil Pryde Fusion 6.1 10 7 8 7 9 41        
North Sails Idol 5.6 7 10 10 10 8 45        
RRD Move MKII 5.7 8 8 8 9 9 42        
Severne Gator 6.0 9 9 10 8 9,5 45,5 X      

 

 

Sails comparison from "WINDMAG" (max vote 10) 

Slalom sails 7.0 m² Planing Control Acceleration Bottom end performance Top end performance Total Testers' choice
Avanti Machine M2 6.9 9 10 9 8 10 46  
Gaastra Vapor 7.1 10 9 9 10 10 48  
Loft Sails Racing Blade 7.0 9 9 10 10 10 48 X
Neil Pryde RS Racing Evo 6 7.0 9 9 10 9 10 47 X
North Sails Warp F2014 7.0 9 9 9 9 10 46  
Severne Reflex 5 7.0 8 10 10 9 10 47  
               
               
Freerace sails 7.8 m² Planing Power High wind Accessibility Performance Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Phantom 7.8 8 8 8 6 8 38  
Gun Sails Vector 8.0 7 9 7 7 7 37  
Loft Sails Switch Blade 7.8 9 8 9 6 9 41  
Naish Bullet 7.8 9 9 7 5 8 38  
Neil Pryde H2 Racing 7.7 9 9 8 6 8 40  
North Sails Ram 7.8 9 9 9 6 10 43 X
Point-7 AC-K 4G 7.8 10 10 7 6 8 41  
Severne Overdrive R5 7.8 10 9 9 6 10 44 X
XO Sails Silver 7.8 7 8 9 5 9 38  
               
               
Freeride sails 2 cam 7.5 m² Planing Power High wind Maneuverability Performance Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Cosmic 7.5 9 8 8 8 8 41 X
Gun Sails Sunray 7.5 7 7 10 9 8 41  
Naish Sails Indy 7.0 8 8 9 10 8 43  
Neil Pryde Hornet 7.2 8 9 7 8 8 40  
North Sails S-Type 7.3 7 7 9 8 8 39  
Sail Loft Mission 7.5 10 10 6 6 9 41  
               
               
Freeride sails no cam 6.5 m² Planing Power High wind Maneuverability Performance Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Matrix 6.5 7 8 8 8 8 39  
Gun Sails Rapid 6.7 6 6 9 8 9 38  
Loft Sails Oxygen 6.8 8 9 8 8 8 41  
Naish Sails Cruz 6.4 7 8 8 10 8 41  
Neil Pryde Hellcat 6.7 9 10 7 7 9 42  
North Sails E-Type 6.6 6 7 7 9 7 36  
Severne NCX 6.5 8 8 8 8 9 41 X
Vandal Addict 6.5 8 8 8 9 9 42 X
               
               
Freeride/wave sails 5.7/6.0 m² Planing Power High wind Maneuverability Performance Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Cross 6.0 7 8 9 8 8 40  
Gun Sails Torro 5.7 7 7 9 8 8 39  
Naish Sails Vibe 5.5 8 7 9 10 8 42 X
Neil Pryde Fusion 6.1 10 10 6 7 8 41  
North Sails Volt 5.9 8 8 8 9 8 41  
RRD Move 5.7 9 8 8 7 8 40  
Severne Gator 6.0 8 8 8 7 8 39  
               
               
Wave sails 5.0 m² Planing Power Wind range Neutrality Maneuverability Total Testers' choice
Avanti Viper 5.0 6 6 6 10 10 38  
Gaastra Poison 5.0 10 8 8 8 8 42  
Gun Transwave 5.3 8 10 10 6 8 42 X
Naish Force R1 5.0 8 8 8 8 8 40  
Neil Pryde Atlas 5.4 10 10 8 6 6 40  
North Sails Idol 5.0 8 8 8 7 10 41  
North Sails Hero 5.0 8 6 8 10 10 42 X
               
               
Wave sails 4.5/4.7 m² Planing Performance Wind range Maneuverability Neutrality Total Testers' choice
Ezzy Elite 4.5 8 6 10 10 10 44  
Gaastra IQ 4.7 10 10 10 10 8 48  
Gaastra Manic 4.5 8 10 10 8 8 44 X
Goya Banzaii 4.5 10 8 10 10 8 46 X
Goya Guru 4.5 8 6 8 8 10 40  
Gun Sails Blow 4.9 10 8 8 8 8 42  
Gun Sails Peak 4.5 8 6 8 8 10 40  
Hot Sails KS3 4.6 10 6 8 10 8 42  
Hot Sails Quad 4.7 10 8 8 10 8 44  
Loft Sails Purelip 4.7 8 8 8 8 10 42  
Loft Sails Wavescape 4.7 8 8 8 10 8 42  
Naish Boxer 4.7 10 8 10 10 8 46 X
Naish Chopper S 8 8 10 10 8 44  
Neil Pryde Combat 4.7 10 10 8 10 8 46 X
Neil Pryde The Fly 4.5 8 8 8 10 10 44  
North Sails Volt 4.5 8 10 10 8 10 46  
Point 7 Salt 4.5 8 8 8 8 8 40  
RRD Four 4.5 10 10 8 8 6 42  
RRD Vogue 4.7 8 8 8 10 8 42  
Severne Blade 4.7 8 8 8 10 10 44  
Severne S-1 4.5 8 8 8 10 8 42 X

 

by Carlo Piscitelli

 

Comments at the end of the article are welcome (if you are not registered on Disqus, and you do not want to do so, you can access it with your social account). And remember that comments on facebook vanish away, while here are everlasting.

Send usthe report (even short ones) of your sessions with some photos and videos, or your spots and equipment reviews. We will publish on Waterwind, to share them with everyone!

Are you a passionate windsurfer? Do you want to collaborate with us? Read here, then!

If you want to sponsor Waterwind and advertise with us, or place your banner inside this article, contact us.

Help Waterwind.it, and support us!

Buy Waterwind Gadgets!

 

Published windsurf articles list (per year)

This site uses cookies, including from third parties, in order to improve your experience and to provide services in line with your preferences. By closing this banner, scrolling this page or by clicking any of its elements you allow the use of cookies. If you want to learn more or opt out of all or some cookies go to the Cookie Policy.