Attitude Source 5.8m 2014 Test Review Report
As the refreshing new brand on the block, Attitude (from the people behind Unifiber) have entered the market with some extremely well-built – and even better priced – products. We were very impressed with the first sail we tested (The RPM 7.8 no-cam freerace sail, April 2014 issue.) The Attitude range is nice and simple and all the products we’ve used have excellent attention to detail with unfussy-yet-effective features. The Source is their pure freeride sail that sits alongside the RPM freerace and the Allstar wave/freestyle.
‘Whether you’re forming a new habit or re-kindling an old one, the Source is a true freeride sail in the key sizes for driving a wide range of boards. Super light to sail, easy handling & fast on the plane, easy to tune with no concession on build quality and durability. A stable profile to optimize the sails wind range was achieved by adding a sixth batten for maximum stability in the 6.4 and 7.2 sizes. The stability and smooth power delivery is paramount to its performance. The confidence induced from these characteristics let you push your boundaries without hindrance from the rig.’ (Sic.)
Even just by the build quality and set on the beach you can see this is a solid and steady product despite having quite a flat foil with a pretty fine entry. On launching it’s immediately stable and settled and impeccably well behaved, with zero bucking around or reactive behaviour like a lot of more manoevrable and/or flatter sails can display both on and off the plane. We also found this level of comfort across an incredibly wide wind range, with testers of all weights happy from 15 – 33 knots throughout the test period. (We found the lower eyelet to be perfect at the top end with an impressive lack of flutter or leech noise.) Speaking of manoeuvrability, this really is one nice, compact and flicky rig to throw about, our only wish was to try it with an RDM mast to experience what differences in reaction might come about. (All sizes in this range are both RDM and SDM compatible though.) This is without doubt a sail that will last a long time and a brand that will succeed in the market place if this level of build and price can continue. A confidence-inspiring creation for everyday sailors wanting unbelievable bang for the buck.
A balanced and well-behaved sail with outstanding, compact manoeuvrability and stunning wind range. New to the market, Attitude have bravely produced a well specified range of sails that represent terrific value for money.
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