EZZY ELITE 5.7M 2016 TEST REVIEW
Rigged on an Ezzy mast, the Elite remains one of the easiest sails to set correctly, thanks to the tireless amount of guides, videos and tuning tips provided through the Ezzy website and on the sail itself (including their unique downhaul calibration system). Follow them methodically and you can rest assured with the knowledge that you are rigging the sail exactly as David Ezzy has designed it to be used. As with the Elite we tested last year, the 2016 5.7 sets with a full profile, thanks to the profiled seam in the battens. The smallest adjustment in the downhaul can make a big difference, fine-tuning the extent of the power delivered on the outhaul.
“Our go to all-round sail for all conditions … has seen a subtle retune for the 2016 edition. The Elite now boasts two new additions to the quiver, a 6.4 and 6.8, both with 5 battens. The colours are along the lines of the very popular, and ground breaking Taka 2 and are very striking in the flesh. Our Elite has already had such good feedback and so David Ezzy only flattened the shape in batten #3 in order to increase manoeuvrability and smoothness.”
On the water, the Elite continues to impress with its light handling and soft dependable power delivery across a vast tuneable range. Set with minimal tension, it has bags of bottom end grunt, the soft elasticity to the profile allowing it to respond purposefully to pumping. The centre of effort is locked forward and comparatively high in the foil, pulling the rider into an upright manoeuvre-oriented stance over the board. The force provided is smooth and balanced in the hands rather than sharp – an ideal companion for typical coastal sailing, where the movement in the foil seems to absorb shocks as you travel over harsh seas, moving around the rider. As the wind increases, the Elite can be re-tuned with more tension, flattening the profile and keeping the draft locked forward. Even in the most violent conditions, the stability of the Ezzy is impressive, providing constant drive and helping to retain composure. With its light handling and balanced easy feedback across an expansive wind range, the Elite is perfectly at home in any environment but really comes into its own when used in a manoeuvre-biased discipline such a coastal bump and jump or wave sailing. Take it out in challenging conditions and you can’t help but be comforted with the useable power at your fingertips and the knowledge that the Ezzy is built to withstand whatever might be thrown at it.
Dressed in new livery, the Elite remains at the top of the pile for delivering soft, dependable, balanced power across a massive tuneable wind range.
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