AZTRON WING 5.0 2021 TEST REVIEW
Price pointed and perfectly capable, the Aztron Wing is the ideal investment for those looking for the most accessible avenue into wing surfing this summer.
“Built with lightweight and durable Dacron fabric, the AZTRON WING has a compact design and high performance. The unique Y-shape power grip and multiple gripping points on the leading edge make it so easy to manoeuvre and control.”
Aztron’s rise to prominence in the SUP market over the last few years is nothing short of astounding. It has fast gained the reputation for providing excellent value packages and has forced many other brands to rethink their own strategies. And the ambition doesn’t end with SUP’s, Aztron’s range for 2021 includes everything from composite surfboards, bodyboards and foils, to skateboards and even beachwear, including wetsuits. This aptly named ‘Wing’ is available in 4.0m or 5.0m and comes with an attention-grabbing sub £500 price tag, supplied with bag and leash. The pump required to inflate it is of a standard twist-lock SUP variety, giving you a good clue as to the target audience for Aztron and this product. Once inflated to the required 6 PSI (the centre strut inflating independently of the lead edge), the Wing has the highest aspect ratio planform of the group, with broad wingtips and a relatively short centre strut. The leading edge displays a soft vee geometry, the canopy sitting loose at rest and playing host to a couple of windows either side of the central strut. One of the heavier wings on test at 2.98 kg, it comes complete with plenty of handles on both boom strut and leading edge, as well as a neat coiled-wrist-leash, with internal articulation so as to not twist up during use. The post session pack down is also very quick and easy, the two independent valves allowing the air to escape quickly, before collapsing the Wing to fit into its compact rucksack bag.
Getting going with the Aztron requires some focus, the longer wingspan requiring a sustained high reach, and more acute technique, to stop the wings touching the water’s surface before getting to your feet. Once there, the bottom end grunt is light and measured, rather than forceful or compelling, the wing preferring to let the pressure build evenly, rather than being forced into action through pumping. Once going it is well mannered and balanced, de-powering and going neutral at will, if desired. The windows aren’t in exactly the right place, yet the short boom and scalloped trailing edge means the wing offers excellent visibility in flight, as it is brought back overhead to the starting point. It also parks very well in a neutral position whilst riding swell and waves, oscillating only very slightly from side to side, the neutral handle easy to grip. The other handles of the wing are quite hard to the touch and we did find the elongated front handle in particular a little loose, compromising control, especially in well-powered conditions. Yet when it comes to simply getting out and discovering the joys of this fast-developing sport, the Aztron Wing fulfils its task admirably and for its price, represents exceptional value for money.
AZTRON WING 5.0 2021 TEST REVIEW
Weight: 2.98 kg
Canopy Style: Loose.
Recommended PSI: 6
Centre Strut Inflation: Own valve.
Handles: 1 long, 3 short, plus Y handles and 2 handles on front struts.
Supplied with: Bag, leash.
Available Sizes: 4.0, 5.0.
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