ENSIS SCORE 5.2 2021 TEST REVIEW
Detailed and well engineered, the quality of the Ensis is abundantly apparent in both appearance and performance. Crisp in power and precise in control, it is a pleasure to use.
“The SCORE is for everyone who wants to feel pure passion on the water – from discoverers to the pro. The ENSIS wings are well-known for their high performance and the SCORE will amaze you with its power and stability.”
The Score is new to the Ensis fold for 2021, the first of its kind with windows. These transparent panels are said to be produced in an “exclusive tempered film”, reliably tested to withstand the rigours of cold Swiss winters, and also pack down easily, without fear of being damaged or weakened. The film is also said to possess a similar elasticity to the Japanese-made triple ripstop material used in the canopy (Tejin 3 x 3), ensuring the performance of the wing isn’t compromised. Unrolling the Score, it is inflated using the supplied Max Flow connector that fits onto a conventional ‘bayonet’ kite pump, the central strut inflating quickly thanks to the two 9 mm hoses feeding it from the leading edge. The planform of the wing is relatively high aspect, the leading edge exhibiting a soft vee geometry, whilst the canopy is certainly one of the tighter in the group. The struts themselves are medium to thick in diameter and are recommended for use with an inflated range of 6 to 8 PSI, (the higher end of that scale tending to be our preferred choice). The leading edge also plays witness to additional stitching along its length, said to use “the highest resistance thread” to help provide reinforcement and ensure the frame’s rigidity. It is certainly a quality looking product, with evidence of real detail and consideration, without adding unnecessary weight. Features such as the elasticated wrist leash possessing an ‘extension section’ that can be taken off should the pilot desire a shorter leash; or the push valve incorporated, allowing for quick and easy deflation after a session. Little additions that all add value.
On the water the Score was popular with all who tried it. It retains the brand’s hallmark long, tight handles along the central strut – with a shorter one sandwiched between two much longer ones. The concept is that the rider’s hands naturally gravitate to the correct position on the handle, dependent on the conditions, rider weight, riding style and ability. They might take some getting used to, and we have to say the external webbing of the handles can be a bit abrasive on soft hands initially, but the control and direct connection provided with the wing’s power as a result, is fantastic. Easy to fly cleanly and progress from knees to feet, the Score generates good power and feedback as a gust hits, but is also very capable in pumping. The rigid structure presented by the struts provides the framework, and the tight canopy offers the punch and drive, rewarding the rider with the desired response to the energy they put in. Once going, the Score accelerates smoothly in the hands and feels very balanced and stable in flight. The power delivery is crisp, making the Score feel alert, and it depowers in an instant as soon as the back hand is eased out. In transition the Score floats around effortlessly, going neutral without issue and displaying real stability, with minimal trailing edge flutter, when parked. And as for the visibility provided by the new windows? Well, they are certainly some of the better placed windows seen in the wings on the market today … and we’ll let you be your own judge on whether, ultimately, they are necessary!
ENSIS SCORE 5.2 2021 TEST REVIEW
Weight: 2.79 kg
Canopy Style: Tight.
Recommended PSI: 6 to 8
Centre Strut Inflation: Double tube.
Handles: 2 long, 1 short.
Supplied with: Bag, leash.
Available Sizes: 2.8, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.2, 6.2.
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