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GOYA GURU X PRO 5.0 2021 TEST REVIEW

10/04/2021
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GOYA GURU X PRO 5.0 2021 TEST REVIEW

JC GOYA

VERDICT:

The Guru X pro has a soft and steady power delivery that will work across a range of conditions and board types. When well tuned it can go from full power, low-end brute, all the way through to highly controllable, easy to handle, multi-function wave sail, all in a bombproof package.

THE LOWDOWN:

The Guru is now Goya’s longest running wave sail in its range. They remain one of the few brands that don’t have a 5 batten wave sail in their range, instead the Guru X Pro sits alongside the 4 batten Banzai and 3 batten Fringe.

All the sails are focussed on wave sailing, with the Guru X Pro positioned as their control wave sail. Much of this control status is delivered through a use of materials that allow Goya to give the Guru a softer power delivery than its other sails within the range. Much of its development has been on making the Guru as controllable and easy to use as possible, especially in high winds, with increased testing in locations like Pozo and the Gorge. Notably, Francisco Goya claims it as his favourite sail in the range!

The Guru features a softer more flexible vinyl window, rather than the more common monofilm, with Goya claiming the vinyl is also ‘practically indestructible’. Elsewhere is a combination of high-end materials, such as, hybrid Dacron and scrim luff panels and X-ply film reinforced with Spectra yarns, which Goya say, “is incredibly tear resistant, the perfect body panel material for people looking for maximum durability.” Further attention to detail and build quality is noted, with a fully moulded tack fairing and the clew to the luff is layered with distinct carbon load lines emanating out from the twin titanium clew rings, which, in keeping with all the sail’s fittings, are well reinforced.

BRAND CLAIM: “Wave performance and also high wind comfort, confidence and control in any water condition. It creates a very smooth and comfortable power delivery, as well as the most durable sail in our lineup.”

PERFORMANCE:

Once rigged on the 400 pro 100 mast, the Guru X Pro really stands out on the beach in the fuchsia and neon yellow, and if you’re looking to turn heads on the water, this sail will certainly help. With a boom length in the mid 160s, this sail sat in the mid-range of sails on test for boom length, but had one of the longest overall luff lengths. With a high cut foot, there is visibly a lot of sail above the boom and towards the head.

In lighter breezes and set on the top hole of the clew eyelets, there was plenty of power. The delivery of power was soft, and it’s easy to under tune the sail on the beach as the extra stretch in the rig continues to pull and offer plenty of grunt with the centre of effort remaining high in the rig. When set on the minimum settings and starting to power up, the sail maintains overall shape well, not breaking or creasing, but neither twisting away and becoming a real handful.

Dropping down the bottom clew hole and increasing the downhaul changes the feel of the rig beyond recognition. The pull in the sail comes much lower with the leech visibly twisting off and the designed ease of use in the Guru X Pro becoming fully apparent, with the sail offering soft but stable power delivery, and also a huge amount of flex and forgiveness over choppy water states, without upsetting the ride

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VITAL STATS:

Size: 5.0

Luff:  417 cm.

Boom: 163-166 cm.

Battens: 4

Ideal mast: Goya 400 RDM

Sizes: 2.7, 3.0, 3.3, 3.5, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3.

Price: £719.00

GOYA GURU X PRO 5.0 2021 TEST REVIEW


Other sails in this test:

DUOTONE SUPER HERO 5.0

POINT 7 SPY 5.0

EZZY WAVE 5.0

LOFTSAILS WAVESCAPE 5.0

RRD COMPACT VOGUE 5.0

GA MANIC 5.0

NAISH FORCE 5.0

SEVERNE BLADE 5.0


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