GUNSAILS TORRO 6.0M
2020 TEST REVIEW
Providing excellent performance and handling credentials across a wide natural wind range, the Torro simply can’t be ignored at this price, and represents standout value for money.
The Torro is Gunsails’ ‘all terrain freemove sail’ – a single sail solution that is claimed to “do it all”. Last year we tested the Torro FR – the more freeride focussed option with a bias towards use on flat water, so this year we’re trying the crossover Torro. Available in ten sizes from 4.0 to 6.9, the sail’s character and programme is said to evolve through the range, from a more compact wave/manoeuvre-oriented design to a more versatile nature in the larger sizes. In sizes 5.7 and above the brand state that they’ve updated the luff curve of the Torro, giving it a flatter and more reactive profile. In addition, there’s been some weight savings made, using new Kevlar tendons within the panels to ensure both stability and longevity. The build quality and durability of the Gunsails cannot be disputed – all the trimmings of a modern sail are present, and whilst perhaps the finish or materials may not have the prestige or romance of some other brands, the functionality and value for money is unquestionable. But how would its performance stack up on the water…?
“The Torro 2020 is represented by its wide range of use, effortless handling and guarantees fun and progression for all windsurfing levels.”
Whilst stated as compatible with an SDM also, the Torro was rigged and tested on a Select 430 cm RDM here, setting easily with the use of Gunsails’ trusty visual trimming guide F.R.E.D. (Fast Rigging. Easy Doing). There is only a moderate amount of luff curve in the Torro, meaning it requires relatively little effort to downhaul correctly, the leech falling away evenly down to batten four. Nevertheless, the sail’s draft remains relatively flat, its two lower battens protruding significantly beyond the leading edge of the mast. On the water this translates to a very easy and balanced feeling in the hands at rest, the Torro powering smoothly and gradually as pressure builds. It has a light and tolerant nature, the movement in the luff sleeve and large Dacron luff panel helping the sail to breathe and endear itself to the more hesitant rider. Equally, in the hands of the more experienced, the performance potential of the Torro was easy to unlock and appreciate, responding well to pumping and accelerating in the hands through gusts, before gliding efficiently through prolonged lulls, impressive for a sail with such a dynamic profile. The centre of effort is forward facing and relatively high, pulling the rider upright and over the board, whilst the boom angle to the single clew eyelet ensures a sense of connection and control through the back hand at all times. As the wind strengthens, the Torro’s natural range is displayed, twisting smoothly with minimal flutter as it retains its handling manners, the draft locked forward and steady. In transition it enters with speed, before going light and neutral when sheeted out mid-transition, regaining impetus steadily once sheeted in on the new side. It may not have the sharp response or precision some expert riders demand, yet its controlled accommodating delivery means it can be used confidently in a number of roles and environments. From powering wide freeride platforms, to freewave and even large wave boards, the Torro’s versatility makes it easy to get on with.
Luff: 446 cm
Boom: 182 cm
Ideal Mast: Gunsails 430 cm RDM/SDM
Available Sizes: 4.0, 4.3, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.7, 6.0, 6.3, 6.6, 6.9
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