EZZY SAILS LEGACY 6.5M 2019 TEST REVIEW
The Legacy has been in the Ezzy range for many seasons now, aimed to provide “a more economically priced option for sailors that demand the reputable Ezzy quality.” Constant refinement has been applied to the series, such as the use of high-density Spectra-X scrim in the foot panel and the introduction of RBS epoxy battens in the middle pockets for more stability. In essence, the Legacy is intended as a distilled down Ezzy, taking out the niceties and drama, without compromising performance or durability. In this 6.5m (one of the larger sizes of the range), the Legacy is more focussed on freeride blasting, rather than bump and jump or wave sailing, and was tested here on a 430 cm Ho’okipa mast. It sets with much more luff curve than other Ezzys and doesn’t possess the calibrated trimming guide in the foot, deferring to the more standard system of tuning, according to guides given along the trailing edge for leech set. Using this method, it quickly becomes apparent that the Legacy sets with much more loose-leech than its Ezzy stablemates as well, the looseness extending right down to the batten above the boom. Look at the overall set and the Legacy does have the signature Ezzy appearance, with plenty of pre-shape locking a deep profile forward in the draft. There’s the familiar PVC window, the subtle concave to the trailing edge outline and x-ply throughout the rest of its panels. The functional detailing is also still very much present, such as a tack strap and downhaul pocket enclosed inside the tack fairing, as well as the outhaul guidance strings sewn in at the clew.
“The Legacy has everything you need and nothing you don’t need. The Legacy reminds me of the days when I was getting full-on custom sails built for competition, they had none of the marketing b.s. that people think they need but don’t really. This sail is a classic Ezzy design, pure and simple.” Kevin Pritchard – Ezzy Team Rider
Set for marginal conditions, with minimal tension applied, the Legacy instantly has a familiar Ezzy feel in the hands. It powers through both hands and feels balanced and grunty, providing plenty of feedback and pull as pressure builds. Through the brand’s generations of development, their sails have always had a reputation for durability and dependable power and contemporary Ezzy designs have adopted new materials, reduced luff curves and revised geometry, resulting in a very refined product. The Legacy has a different design – extra luff curve, skin tension and a soft delivery; the power in the Legacy certainly feels less crisp and positive, but as the power transfers to the board and the Legacy accelerates smoothly, it settles into a comfortable locked in stance. It found particular favour with larger riders that thrive on more obvious and constant feedback, giving them something to hold onto and lean back against. As the conditions strengthen, the Legacy has all the tuning range and durability to cope, being as bulletproof as they come for the mishaps all too often experienced by the progressing intermediate. Reaching a comfortable cruising speed and capable of adapting to a variety of rider stances and styles, the Ezzy is a great companion for those that want constant, dependable power and assurance when on the water.
Providing stable dependable power to match its impressive durability, the Legacy will provide years of service without breaking the bank.
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