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After the big success of last year article, Carlo Piscitelli proposes, for the 2015 too, this valuable work with the results and the comments of 2015 boards and sails tests, from some of the most popular windsurfing magazines. We thank Carlo for the contribution and we give him the floor.

 

Windsurf test: boards and sails 2015 

Here we are to boards and sails comparison, now for model year 2015. In order to better understand the purpose of this article, I would invite you to read the 2014 comparison, in particular the introduction. In a few words, the results of 3 different magazines (Windsurfing Jahrbuch, Planchemag and Windmag) are shown and analyzed, so you can have an idea the clearest and the most impartial possible of how 2015 boards and sails actually performs.

 

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Unfortunately, we are greatly late with the publication of this article, as almost all 2016 material has been already unveiled. I promise I will be on time for 2016 material comparison.

As you can easily see, comparing this year results with 2014 tests, all the values at stake remain more or less the same. The winning boards and sails are, in many cases, the same.

SLALOM BOARDS: Tested in 2 magazines in different sizes (107-116 in one case, about 100 liters in the other one). We have the same results as for 2014, the winning board is the Starboard iSonic (107 and 97), with the highest score and the tester’s preference in both cases. Second place for the Tabou Manta that, with the same score of the Angulo Magnum, in third place, is one of the favorite of the testers  in one test.

 

FREERACE BOARDS: For this category we have two comparisons (sizes between 120 and 130 liters). Nothing new under the sun, the winner is the Tabou Speedster LTD (118 and 128 liters, highest score and testers’ choice in both tests). The RRD Firestorm V2 120 LTD gets the same score, but it was tested just in one magazine (this board has been just replaced by the V3 model, more race oriented and less user friendly than the V2). Third place for the Exocet S4 carbon 122.

 

FREERIDE BOARDS: Short, wide and thin boards are more and more protagonist of the market. Very good results, even for 2015, for the Fanatic Gecko (tested 112, 120 and 133), that gets two first places, one second and one third place, plus one testers’ choice. Good results for the Tabou Rocket (115, 125 and 135), more classic shaped freeride, getting one first place, two seconds and one third place, plus one testers’ choice (the Rocket Wide gets lower scores, even though it’s a new generation freeride board). Contentious results for the Starboard Atomiq, second place in two tests (both 110 liters) and in the last position in the third test (120).

 

FREESTYLE BOARDS: Only one test available. Same result as for 2014 test, Fanatic Skate TE 101 is the winner. Second place for the Starboard Flare and the Tabou Twister Team, with the same score.

 

FREEWAVE/FREEMOVE BOARDS: 4 tests available, 81 liters to 106 liters. The Tabou 3S remain the winner of this category (getting two victories in two different magazines for the 96 liters, one second and one fourth place for 86 and 106 liters, plus two testers’ choices). New entry for 2015, the RRD FSW gets two victories (in the same magazine but in two different categories, 86 and 106 liters) and one third place, but no testers’ choices. As for 2014, good results for the more wave oriented Fanatic Freewave, with one first place (96 liters), one second (106) and un third place (96), plus two testers’ choices.

 

WAVE BOARDS: 3 tests available, with a big size range, between 74 and 104 liters. We have a mixed picture in this category, in line with 2014 results. We have one different winner for each test (Starboard Quad 84, Fanatic Quad 76, and Starbaord Kode Wave 77). Both Starboard wave boards are present in the three tests and they always gets very good results (the Kode gets also two testers’ choice, the Quad gets one).

 

SLALOM SAILS: The results found for 2015 sails are slightly different from last year comparison. The overall winner is the Gaastra Vapor (7.1 and 7.9), with two victories and one testers’ choice. Second place for the  Loft Sails Racing Blade (size 7.0 and 7.8, one testers’ choice and total score very close to the Vapor) and third place for the Point-7 AC1 (7.2 and 7.9, sharing one victory with the Gaastra and one testers’ choice). Last year winner, the Neil Pryde RS Racing, is present only in one test (Evo 7, 7.8 square meter), it shows the same good qualities of the 2014 model, getting a very high score, even if lower than the Gaastra and the Loft.

 

FREERACE 2-3 CAMBER SAILS: two tests available, size between 7.5 and 8.0. Last year winner (Severne Overdrive) did not take part to this year tests. The sail with the highest score for 2015 is the Neil Pryde RS Slalom MK6 7.8, winner for one magazine and second for the other one.  The RS Slalom was not tested last year, for this reason we have no chance to compare this sail with the Severne Overdrive. Struggling for second place, the Gaastra Phantom 7.8 and the Point-7 AC-K 7.8, both of them winners in one magazine and, respectively, gaining the third and the fourth place in the other one. Good results for Loft Switch Blade  and KA Sails Koncept 7.5.

 

FREERIDE 2 CAMBER SAILS: One test for each of the magazines, 7.5 to 8.0 square meters. The overall winner is, without doubt, the Gun Sails Sunray (7.5 and 8.0), getting the first place in all tests. The Gaastra Cosmic (7.5 and 8.0) gets a slightly lower score than last year, even though it still gets the second place, considering the average score. Good results for the Neil Pryde Hornet (7.2 and 7.7) and for the North Sails S-type (7.3 and 7.8).

 

FREERACE/FREERIDE 0 CAMBER SAILS: 3 tests available,  6.5 to 7.0 square meters. More complicated results for 2015 than last year, there is not an overall winner. Good results , also in 2015 tests, for the Severne NCX 6.5 and 7.0 (one victory and two testers’ choice) and for the Loft Oxygen 6.8 (one first place and one choice). Third place for the Neil Pryde Hellcat 6.7 (winning one test).

 

CROSSOVER/FREERIDE ENTRY LEVEL/FREEWAVE SAILS: 4 tests, sizes 5.5 to 6.0. If we split in freeride sails and freewave sails, in entry level freeride category both the Neil Pryde Ryde 6.0 and the North Sails E-type 5.8 get a victory, while in freewave category the winner is the North Sails Volt 5.9 (two victories and one testers’ choice), second place for the Gun Sails Torro (one first place in 5.7 size, two second places in 6.0 and one choice).

 

FREESTYLE SAILS: Only one test available, same sizes as for 2014 comparison, 4.7 and 4.8. New entry for this year, the winner is the Sailloft Quad 4.8 (not tested in 2014), only one point ahead of the Severne Freek 4.8. Third place (all with the same score) for Maui Sails Loco 4.8, North Sails Idol LTD 4.8 (2014 freestyle sail winner), Naish Boxer 4.7 and Vandal Sails Riot 4.7.

 

WAVE SAILS: As usual, it’s the most populated category, 6 tests available, sizes 4.1 to 5.4, 3 to 5 battens. Even though it’s not easy to figure out which sail is the overall winner, we can notice the very good result of the Severne Blade Pro (two victories, 5.3 and 5.0 m2), but the similar Severne Blade standard gets just a fifth place. Very good results for the Goya Banzai 4.7, too, winning two tests. Not bad the Gaastra Poison (5.0 and 5.4) and the North Sails Hero (4.7 and 5.3), both of them getting one second and one third place.

Here below, you can find all tests results.

For any comment or question, please write a message at the end of this page.

 

 

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

 

Wave boards 85 litri Top speed Top end control Maneuvrability User friendliness Planing Acceleration Total    
Fanatic Triwave TE 81 6 5 4 6 5 5 31    
Naish Global 88 6 5 4 5 5 6 31    
Tabou Pocket 86 5 6 5 6 6 5 33    
Starboard Quad 84 6 6 6 6 6 6 36    
Starboard Kode Wave 87 6 5 4 5 6 6 32    
Quatro Pyramid Thruster 84 5 6 6 4 4 5 30    
Quatro Sphere Thruster 85 6 6 6 6 5 4 33    
Quatro Cube Quad 84 5 5 6 5 5 4 30    
                   
                   
Freestyle boards 100 l Planing Acceleration Top speed Top end control Maneuvrability Take off freestyle Sliding Take off Jump Total
Fanatic Skate TE 101 5 6 5 5 5 6 6 5 43
Starboard Flare  101 4 5 6 5 5 6 6 4 41
Naish Freestyle 99 5 4 5 5 5 5 4 5 38
Tabou Twister Team 100 5 5 5 4 6 6 5 5 41
                   
                   
Crossover boards  95 l Top speed Top end control Maneuvrability User friendliness Planing Acceleration Total    
Fanatic Freewave TE 96 6 5 4 6 5 5 31    
Tabou 3S 96 5 6 6 6 6 5 34    
Starboard Kode Freestyle Wave 94 6 5 4 5 6 6 32    
Naish Starship 100 6 4 3 5 5 5 28    
Quatro Tetra 99 6 5 6 5 4 5 31    
                   
                   
Freeride boards 120 l Top speed low wind Top speed high wind Top end control Maneuvrability Keeping planing User friendliness Planing Acceleration Total
Fanatic Hawk LTD 124 5 6 4 4 5 4 5 6 39
Naish GT 120 4 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 40
Tabou Rocket Wide 118 6 4 5 3 6 5 6 3 38
Tabou Rocket 125 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 5 41
Fanatic Gecko LTD 120 5 4 6 5 6 6 6 4 42
Starboard AtomIq 120 4 4 4 3 6 5 3 3 32
                   
                   
Freeride boards 140 l Top speed low wind Top speed high wind Top end control Maneuvrability Keeping planing User friendliness Planing Acceleration Total
Fanatic Gecko LTD 133 5 4 6 5 6 6 6 4 42
Naish GT 140 4 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 40
Tabou Rocket LTD 135 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 4 40
Tabou Rocket Wide 128 6 4 5 3 6 5 6 4 39
Starboard Carve 141 5 4 5 5 6 5 6 5 41

 

 

Boards comparison from "PLANCHEMAG" (max vote 10)

 

Slalom boards 107-116 l Planing Control Stability Easy of gybe Acceleration after gybe Overall performance Top speed Total Testers' choice    
Angulo Magnum 115 10 9,5 9,5 10 9,5 9,5 9,5 67,5      
Fanatic Falcon 110 8,5 8,5 8,5 9 9 9,5 10 63      
RRD X-Fire V7 114 LTD 9 9,5 9 10 9,5 9,5 9 65,5      
Starboard iSonic Carbon 107 9 10 10 9,5 10 10 9,5 68 X    
Tabou Manta Team 71-116 8,5 9 9 9,5 9,5 10 10 65,5 X    
                       
                       
Freerace boards 120-130 l Planing Control Exploitability Easy of gybe Acceleration after gybe Upwind Overall performance Top speed Total Testers' choice  
Exocet S4 Carbon 122 10 10 9 9,5 10 10 9 8,5 76    
Fanatic Ray 120 8,5 9 8 8,5 9,5 9 10 10 72,5 X  
Naish Bullet 130 9 9,5 9 9,5 10 10 9,5 9 75,5    
Novenove Revo 125 9,5 10 9 10 9 9 9,5 9 75    
Starboard Futura Carbon 124 8,5 10 10 10 8,5 8 9 8,5 72,5    
Tabou Speedster LTD 79-128 9,5 9,5 8,5 9 9,5 10 10 9,5 75,5 X  
                       
                       
Freeride X-large boards 108-119 l Planing Control Straps Exploitability Easy of gybe Gybe radicality Fun Upwind Total Testers' choice  
Exocet X-Move Carbon 119 7,5 9,5 9 9 10 9,5 8,5 8,5 71,5    
Fanatic Gecko LTD 112 10 9 9 9 9,5 9 9,5 9,5 74,5 X  
JP Magic Ride Pro 111 8,5 10 10 9 9 8 8,5 10 73 X  
RRD Firemove V2 LTD 112 9,5 10 9,5 9,5 10 10 10 8 76,5 X  
Starboard AtomIQ Carbon 110 9,5 10 10 10 8,5 9 8,5 9,5 75 X  
Tabou Rocket Wide CED 108 10 9,5 5 9 9,5 9 9 10 71    
                       
                       
Freeride boards 111-120 l Planing Control Straps Exploitability Easy of gybe Gybe radicality Fun Upwind Top speed  Total Testers' choice
Fanatic Hawk LTD 113 9 9 8 9,5 8,5 9,5 10 9 10 82,5 X
Goya Carrera 116 9 9 9 9,5 9 9 9,5 9 9,5 82,5  
JP All Ride Pro 116 8,5 8,5 10 8,5 9 10 9,5 8,5 9 81,5  
Naish GT 120 9,5 8 9,5 10 9 9 7 8,5 8,5 79  
RRD Firestorm V2 LTD 111 10 10 8 10 9,5 8 8 10 10 83,5 X
Tabou Rocket LTD 115 9,5 9,5 8 9,5 10 9,5 9 9 10 84 X
                       
                       
Freemove boards  100-106 l Planing Control Exploitability Easy of gybe Surf Bump & jump Top speed Total Testers' choice    
Angulo CV1 100 9 8 9 10 8,5 8,5 8,5 61,5      
Exocet Cross Carbon 104 9 10 10 10 8 8 9 64 X    
Fanatic Freewave TE 106 8 10 9 8,5 10 10 8 63,5 X    
JP Freestyle Wave Pro 102 8 10 8 8,5 9,5 10 8 62      
Patrik F-Cross 102 9 9 9 9 9 9,5 9 63,5 X    
RRD Freestyle Wave V3 LTD 106 9,5 9 9 9,5 9 9,5 9 64,5      
Starboard Kode Freestyle Wave Carbon 103 10 8 9 8,5 8,5 8,5 10 62,5      
Tabou 3S LTD 106 8,5 9 8 9 9 9 10 62,5      
                       
                       
Freewave  boards 81-89 l Planing Control Exploitability Easy of gybe Surf Bump & jump Top speed   Total Testers' choice    
Fanatic Freewave TE 86 9,5 9 9 9 10 9,5 9 65      
Novenove Style Wave CKW 86 10 9 10 9,5 9 9,5 10 67      
Quatro Thruster Tetra 89 9 9 9,5 10 10 9,5 9 66 X    
RRD Freestyle Wave V3 LTD 88 9,5 9 10 10 9,5 10 10 68      
Starboard Kode Freestyle Wave Carbon 81 8 10 8,5 9 10 8,5 9 63      
Tabou 3S LTD 86 9 10 9 9,5 9,5 10 10 67 X    
                       
Wave  boards 77-104 l (max vote 5) Hookipa Europe Bump & jump Total Testers' choice            
Fanatic Quad TE 89 5 4 1 10              
Fanatic Triwave TE 103 3 5 3 11              
Goya Quad Wave Pro 104 5 4 2 11 X            
JP Radical Quad Pro 83 5 4 1 10 X            
JP Thruster Quad Pro 83 4 5 3 12              
Naish Global 78 3 5 3 11              
Patrik T-Wave 89 4 5 3 12              
Quatro Thruster Sphere 85 4 5 3 12              
RRD Firewave LTD 92 2 5 4 11              
RRD Hardcore Wave Quad LTD V5 88 5 4 1 10 X            
Starboard Kode Wave Carbon 77 4 5 4 13 X            
Starboard Quad Carbon 79 5 4 1 10              
Tabou Da Curve Quadster 80 5 4 1 10              
Tabou Pocket Wave 86 3 5 4 12              

 

 

Boards comparison from "WINDMAG" (max vote 10)

 

Slalom boards 100 l Planing Control Gybe Performance bottom end Performance top end Total Testers' choice
Angulo Magnum 95 7 8 9 8 10 42  
RRD X-fire 105 8 6 8 10 9 41  
Starboard iSonic 97 8 8 8 10 10 44 X
Tabou Manta 66 106 9 7 8 10 10 44  
               
               
Freerace boards 125 l Planing Control Gybe Performance bottom end Performance top end Total Testers' choice
Exocet S4 122 Carbon 10 8 8 10 7 43  
JP Supersport 124 Pro Edition 7 9 8 7 8 39  
Novenove Revo 125 LTD 8 7 8 8 8 39  
RRD Firestorm 120 LTD 8 10 9 8 9 44 X
Tabou Speedster 118 LTD 9 8 8 9 10 44 X
               
               
Freeride boards 125 l Planing Control Confort  Performance Accessibility Total Testers' choice
Bic Techno 133 8 7 6 7 7 35  
Fanatic Hawk 124 Bamboo 8 9 9 8 7 41  
JP X-cite Ride Plus 125 PRO 9 8 9 9 9 44  
Naish Titan 120  9 8 7 6 10 40  
Patrik F-Ride 125 8 9 8 9 7 41  
Tabou Rocket 125 LTD 8 9 8 10 8 43 X
               
               
Freeride compact boards 110 l Planing Control Confort  Performance Accessibility Total Testers' choice
Exocet X-Move 108 Carbon 7 9 8 7 9 40  
Fanatic Gecko 112 LTD 8 9 9 9 8 43  
JP Magic Ride 111 Pro Edition 10 9 9 8 9 45  
RRD Firemove 112 LTD 8 9 8 8 9 42  
Starboard AtomIQ 110 Carbon 9 9 8 8 9 43  
Tabou Rocket Wide 108 LTD 9 9 8 10 7 43  
               
               
Freewave boards 95 l Planing Control Confort  Performance freeride Performance Wave Total Testers' choice
Exocet Cross 94 PRO 9 9 8 9 6 41  
Fanatic Freewave 96 TE 9 9 10 8 10 46 X
Goya One 95 9 8 8 7 9 41  
JP Freestylewave 102 PRO 10 9 10 9 8 46 X
Naish Starship 90  8 9 7 9 6 39  
Novenove Style Wave 86 8 9 9 8 9 43  
Quatro Tetra 99 6 9 9 6 10 40  
RRD Freestyle Wave 94 LTD 8 9 9 8 9 43  
Starboard Kode Freewave 86 Carbon 8 9 10 9 9 45  
Tabou 3S 96 LTD 9 9 10 10 8 46 X
               
               
Wave boards 74-88 l Planing Control Maneuvrability Small waves Big waves Total Testers' choice
99Novenove 4x Quad 78 6 10 9 7 9 41 X
Angulo Victory 80 7 8 8 7 7 37  
Black Local Wave Quad 86 9 7 9 10 7 42 X
Fanatic Quad 76 7 9 9 9 9 43 X
Fanatic Tri  Wave 88 9 8 7 9 6 39  
Goya Custom Quad 84 9 8 8 9 8 42 X
JP Radical Quad 83 8 7 10 9 7 41  
JP Thruster Quad 83 9 8 7 7 8 39  
Naish Global S 78 8 6 6 8 6 34  
Naish Wave 82 7 9 9 7 9 41  
Quatro Cube 78 6 10 8 8 10 42 X
Quatro Sphere Thruster 85 8 8 7 7 8 38  
RRD Hardcore Wave V5 78 8 9 8 7 8 40  
RRD Firewave Wood 74 9 6 6 7 6 34  
Starboard Quad 79 7 10 8 8 9 42  
Starboard Kode Wave 87 10 7 8 9 7 41 X
Tabou Pocket 78 8 7 8 8 7 38  
Tabou Dacurve 80 7 9 9 8 9 42

 

 

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

  

Wave sails  5.3 m² Top speed Top end control Maneuvrability User friendliness Planing Acceleration Total
North Sails Volt 5.3 5 5 5 5 4 5 29
North Sails Hero 5.3 5 5 5 5 6 5 31
Vandal Sails Enemy HD 5.3 5 5 5 5 5 5 30
Naish Force Five 5.3 6 5 4 5 6 6 32
Severne S-1 Pro 5.2 5 6 6 5 4 5 31
Severne Swat 5.2 5 4 5 4 4 4 26
Gaastra Poison 5.4 6 5 4 5 6 6 32
Sailloft Curve 5.3 5 5 5 5 5 5 30
Point-7 Salt Campello LTD 5.2 5 6 6 5 3 4 29
Severne Blade Pro 5.3 6 5 5 6 6 6 34
Hot Sails KS3 5.3 4 5 5 4 5 5 28
Maui Sails Legend 5.0 5 6 5 4 4 4 28
Maui Sails Global 5.4 5 5 5 5 6 5 31
Maui Sails Ghost CS 5.3 5 5 5 5 4 4 28
Maui Sails Mutant 5.1 5 5 5 6 5 5 31
KA Sails Kryptonite 5.3 5 4 5 4 5 5 28
Gun Sails Transwave 5.3 5 5 5 5 6 5 31
Gun Sails Peak 5.3 5 6 5 5 5 5 31
KA Sails Killer 5.3  5 5 4 4 6 6 30
Ezzy Sails Elite 5.3 4 5 4 5 5 4 27
Hot Sails Firelight 5.3 5 5 6 5 6 5 32
Freestyle sails 4.8 m² Planing Acceleration Top speed Maneuvrability Windrange  Control Total
Maui Sails Loco 4.8 4 5 6 5 5 6 31
North Sails Idol LTD 4.8 5 5 5 6 5 5 31
Gaastra Pure 4.8 5 6 5 5 5 4 30
Sailloft Quad 4.8 6 6 5 5 6 5 33
Point-7 Slash 4.8 4 5 5 4 5 5 28
Severne Freek 4.8 4 5 6 6 5 6 32
Gun Sails Beat 4.8 5 5 5 5 5 5 30
Naish Boxer 4.7 6 5 5 5 5 5 31
Vandal Sails Riot 4.7 5 5 5 5 5 6 31
Crossover sails 5.9 m² Top speed Top end control Maneuvrability User friendliness Planing Accelertion Total
North Sails E_type 5.8 6 6 4 5 6 6 33
Point-7 HF 5.9 5 4 4 5 6 5 29
Gaastra Cross 6.0 6 6 5 5 5 6 33
Vandal Sails Addict 6.0 5 6 4 5 6 5 31
Sailloft Quad Plus 5.9 5 5 5 5 5 5 30
Naish Supermoto 6.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 30
Severne Gator 6.0 4 5 6 5 4 4 28
Severne Convert 6.0 5 5 4 5 5 5 29
Gun Sails Torro 6.0 5 5 5 6 6 5 32
KA Sails Kult 5.8 5 5 5 5 5 5 30
Freeride sails 7.0 m² Top speed low wind Top speed high wind Top end control Maneuvrability Keeping planing User friendliness Planing Acceleration Total
North Sails E_type 7.3 5 5 6 5 5 6 6 5 43
Gaastra Matrix  7.0 6 5 5 5 5 6 5 5 42
Vandal Sails Stitch 7.0 5 6 6 5 5 5 5 6 43
Sailloft Cross 7.0 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 39
Point-7 AC-X 7.0 5 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 42
Naish Noa 7.0 4 5 5 5 5 6 4 4 38
Severne Gator 7.0  5 5 5 6 5 6 5 4 41
Severne NCX 7.0 5 6 5 5 5 5 6 6 43
Gun Sails Stream 6.9 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 40
KA Sails Koyote 6.6 3 6 4 4 3 3 3 5 31
Ezzy Sails Cheetah 7.0 4 5 5 6 5 5 4 4 38
Freeride sails 8.0 m² Top speed low wind Top speed high wind Top end control Maneuvrability Keeping planing User friendliness Planing Acceleration Total
Gun Sails Sunray 8.0 6 6 6 5 6 6 6 6 47
North Sails S_type SL 7.8 6 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 45
Vandal Sails Mission 7.8 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 3 30
Gaastra Cosmic 8.0 6 5 5 6 6 5 6 5 44
Point-7 AC-K 7.8 5 5 3 4 5 4 4 5 35
Naish Indy 8.2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 40
Severne Turbo 8.0 6 5 5 5 5 6 6 5 43

 

 

 Sails comparison from "PLANCHEMAG" (max vote 10)

 

Slalom sails 7.6-7.9 m² Power/Planing Control Lightness Rotation Overall performance  Top speed  Total Testers' choice
Avanti Machine M-3 7.6 8,5 10 9,5 8 8,5 9 53,5
Gaastra Vapor 7.9 9 10 10 9 9,5 9,5 57 X
Gun Sails GS-R 7.9 9,5 9 8,5 9 9 9,5 54,5
Loft Racing Blade 7.8 10 9 9 9 10 9,5 56,5
Neil Pryde RS: Racing Evo 7 7.8  9,5 9,5 9 9,5 9,5 9 56
North Sails Warp F2015 7.7 8,5 8,5 10 10 9,5 9 55,5
Point-7 AC1 Zero15 7.9 9,5 8,5 8,5 9 9 10 54,5 X
Freerace sails 2-3 cam 7.5-8.0 m² Power/Planing Control Lightness Rotation Overall performance Top speed Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Phantom 7.8 8,5 10 8,5 8 9 10 54
Gun Sails Vector 8.0 10 8,5 8 10 8,5 8,5 53,5
KA Sails Koncept 7.5 8 9 10 9 9 10 55
Loft Switch Blade 7.8 9 9,5 9 10 9 9 55,5 X
Naish Bullet 7.8 9 8,5 9,5 9 9 9 54
Neil Pryde RS:Slalom MK6 7.8 10 10 9 8 10 10 57 X
Point-7 AC-K 5G 7.8 9 9 8 9 9,5 9 53,5
RRD Firewing MKIII 7.8 9 9 8 8,5 9 9 52,5
Freeride sails 2 cam 7.5-7.8 m² Power/Planing Control Lightness Rotation Top speed Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Cosmic 7.5 9,5 9 10 9 10 47,5 X
Gun Sails Sunray 7.5 8,5 10 10 10 10 48,5 X
Neil Pryde Hornet 7.7 9,5 9 9 8 9 44,5
North Sails S-Type SL 7.8 9,5 9 8 8 9 43,5
Severne Turbo 7.5 10 9 10 9 9 47
Vandal Mission 7.8 10 7 9 8 8 42
Freeride no cam sails 6.6-7.0 m² Power/Planing Control Lightness Maneuvrability Top speed Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Matrix 7.0 10 9 8,5 9 9 45,5
Gun Sails Rapid 6.7 8,5 9,5 9 9 10 46 X
Ka Sails Koyote 6.6 8 9,5 10 10 9,5 47
Loft Sails Oxygen 6.8 9 10 9,5 9,5 10 48 X
Naish Noa 7.0 10 8,5 8 8,5 9 44
Neil Pryde Hellcat 6.7 9,5 9 9 9 9,5 46
Neil Pryde Ryde 7.0 10 8 9 9,5 8,5 45
North Sails E-Type 6.6 9,5 8,5 9 9,5 9,5 46 X
Point-7 AC-X 5G 7.0 10 8,5 8 8,5 9,5 44,5
Severne NCX 7.0 9,5 9 9 8,5 9,5 45,5 X
XO Sails Quad 6.6 9,5 8,5 8,5 8,5 9 44
Freewave sails  5.5-6.0 m² Power/Plaing Control Lightness Maneuvrability/Surf  Top speed  Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Cross 6.0 8 9 10 6 10 43
Gun Sails Torro 6.0 10 8 9 8 10 45 X
Neil Pryde Fusion HD 5.5 9 8 9 9 9 44
North Sails Volt 5.9 8 10 10 10 9 47 X
RRD Move MKIII 5.7 9 8 10 9 8 44
Power wave sails 5.3-5.4 m² Testers' choice
Gaastra Poison 5.4
Gun Sails Transwave 5.3
Neil Pryde Atlas 5.4 X
Wave sails  5 battens 4.7-5.0 m² Testers' choice  
Gaastra Manic 4.7
Gun Sails Peak 5.0
Loft Sails Pure Lip 4.7
Naish Force Five 5.0 X
North Sails Volt HD 4.7
Severne Blade Pro 5.0 X
Vandal Enemy HD 4.5    
   
   
Wave sails 4 battens 4.4-4.7 m² Testers' choice    
Avanti Fenix ME 4.4    
Ezzy Elite 4.7    
Gaastra IQ 4.5    
Goya Banzai 4.7 X    
Gun Sails Blow 4.6    
Hot Sails Qu4d 4.7    
Loft 4Wave 4.7    
Naish Force Four 4.5    
Neil Pryde Combat HD 4.7 X    
North Sails Hero 4.5 X    
Point-7 Salt 5G 4.5        
RRD The Four MK IV 4.7        
RRD Vogue HD MK VI HD 4.7        
XO Sails Skull4.7        
       
       
Wave sails 3 battens 4.1-4.8 m² Testers' choice        
Goya Fringe 4.7 X        
Gun Aqua 4.6        
Naish Force Three 4.1 X        
Neil Pryde The Fly 4.8        
RRD Gamma MK I 4.7        

 

 

Sails comparison from "WINDMAG" (max vote 10)

 

Slalom sails 7.0 m² Planing Control Acceleration Performance bottom end Performance top end Total Testers' choice
Avanti Machine M-3 6.8 8 10 8 8 10 44
Gaastra Vapor 7.1 10 9 10 10 10 49
Gun Sails GS-R 7.1 9 9 9 9 10 46
Hot Sails Maui GPS 6.6 8 10 8 7 10 43
Loft Sails Racing Blade 7.0 10 10 9 10 9 48 X
North Sails Warp F2015 7.0 9 9 10 9 10 47
Point 7 AC1 7.2 10 10 9 10 10 49
Freerace sails 7.8 m² Planing Powert High wind Accessibility Performance Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Phantom 7.8 9 9 9 8 10 45 X
Gun Sails Vector 8.0 6 7 9 8 7 37
Ka Sails Koncept 7.5 7 8 10 10 9 44 X
Loft Sails Switch Blade 7.8 9 10 7 7 8 41
Neil Pryde RS: Slalom MK6 7.8 7 9 10 9 9 44
North Sails S_type SL 7.8 7 8 7 9 8 39
Point-7 AC-K 5G 7.8 9 9 9 9 9 45 X
RRD Firewing MKIII 7.8 8 10 7 6 8 39
XO Sails Silver 7.8 7 9 9 10 9 44
               
Freeride 2 cam sails 7.5 m² Planing Power High wind Maneuvrability Performance Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Cosmic 7.5 9 8 8 8 8 41
Gun Sails Sunray 7.5 10 8 10 8 9 45 X
Neil Pryde Hornet 7.2 8 8 9 10 8 43
North Sails S_Type SL 7.3 7 7 6 9 8 37
Simmer 2XC 7.1 7 8 8 10 8 41
Freeride no cam 6.5 m² Planing Power High wind Maneuvrability Performance Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Matrix 7.0 9 8 8 8 8 41
Gun Sails Rapid 6.7 7 7 9 9 8 40
Loft Sails Oxygen 6.8 8 9 8 7 8 40
Naish Sails Noa 7.0 10 9 6 7 8 40
Neil Pryde Hellcat 6.7 9 9 8 8 9 43
North Sails E_Type 6.6 6 7 7 9 7 36
RRD Fire MKIII 6.8 8 9 7 8 8 40
Sailloft Cross 6.5 7 8 8 9 8 40
Severne NCX 6.5 8 8 9 8 9 42 X
Vandal Addict 6.5 8 8 8 10 8 42
               
Entry level sails 6.0 m² Planing Power High wind Maneuvrability Performance Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Pilot 6.0 10 8 8 8 8 42
Gun Sails Stream 6.0 8 8 9 9 9 43 X
Neil Pryde Ryde 6.0 9 8 9 9 9 44 X
North Sails E_Type 5.8 7 7 9 9 7 39
Point 7 HF 3G 5.9 8 9 9 9 7 42
RRD Evolution 5.7 MKVII 9 9 8 7 8 41
XO Sails Eol 6.0 8 8 8 7 9 40
Freewave sails 5.5 m² Planing Power High wind Maneuvrability Performance Total Testers' choice
Gaastra Cross 5.6 7 8 9 8 8 40
Gun Sails Torro 5.7 7 8 9 8 9 41
North Sails Volt 5.9 7 7 9 10 8 41
Point 7 Spy 5.4 8 9 7 9 8 41
RRD Move 5.7 MKIII 9 9 6 7 8 39
Severne Gator 5.5 8 8 8 8 8 40 X
XO Sails Quad 5.4 7 8 8 8 9 40
               
               
Wave sails 4.2/5.4 m² Planing Performance Wind range Maneuvrability Neutrality Total Testers' choice
Gaastra IQ 4.5 8 9 9 9 8 43
Gaastra Manic 4.7 7 9 10 8 8 42 X
Gaastra Poison 5.0 9 10 9 7 7 42 X
Goya Banzai 4.7 8 9 10 9 8 44 X
Goya Fringe 4.7 7 7 7 10 9 40
Goya Guru 4.2 7 8 9 9 9 42
Gun Sails Aqua 4.6 7 7 8 9 9 40
Gun Sails Blow 4.6 8 9 8 8 8 41
Gun Sails Peak 4.5 7 8 8 9 9 41
Ka Sails Killer 4.7 8 9 8 8 8 41
Loft Sails Purelip 4.7 7 8 10 8 8 41 X
Loft Sails 4Wave 4.5 8 7 7 9 8 39
Naish Boxer 4.4 8 8 9 9 8 42 X
Naish Force5 4.7 9 9 9 8 7 42
Neil Pryde Atlas 5.4 10 10 9 6 6 41
Neil Pryde Combat HD 4.7 8 9 9 9 8 43
Neil Pryde The Fly 4.5 6 7 7 10 10 40 X
North Sails Hero 4.7 8 9 9 9 8 43 X
North Sails Volt 4.5 7 9 10 8 9 43
Point 7 Salt Campello LTD 4.7 8 9 8 8 8 41
RRD Four 4.2 8 9 8 8 7 40
RRD Gamma 4.7 6 7 7 10 10 40
RRD Vogue Pro 4.7 7 8 8 9 9 41
Sail Loft Curve 4.7 8 8 7 8 7 38
Severne Blade 4.7 7 8 8 9 8 40
Severne S-3 5.0 8 7 6 10 9 40
Simmer BlackTip 4.7 8 8 8 9 9 42
XO Skull 4.5 7 7 8 8 8 38

 

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