GOYA ECLIPSE 5.7M 2015 TEST REVIEW
The 5.7 is the third largest in the Eclipse line-up – the powerhouse of the Goya sail range. Rigged on a 430cm RDM, it is easy to rig correctly thanks to the tuning indicator in the top panel. Now, we know that these have been around for eons but we thought it worthy to mention that the sphere on this Eclipse is visually very clear and easy to determine … on the colour of our test sail at least! Other details on the sail are noticeable, such as the extended wear patch on the head and padded tack fairing, adding to the quality feel of the product.
“The new Eclipse has great low end power, sports easy handling and massive high wind range plus an unlimited speed potential. Five battens make the Eclipse a very stable sail with super easy handling when very powered up. All wave and wave style sailing conditions are possible with the Eclipse, from down the line and onshore to freestyle-wave sailing. The Eclipse gives stability and range, along with durable construction details. Well suited to both multi and single fin boards.”
The Eclipse sets with plenty of defined profile positioned forward in the draft and a progressive amount of twist in the leech. It has an excellent natural range on this set, although by experimenting in marginal winds we did think there was a slight improvement to the elasticity for pumping by releasing the downhaul tension slightly. That said, bottom end power is still impressive leaving the set as recommended, the power delivery coming from quite high and channelling well into the board. It is a very solid foil, helped by the x-ply luff panel that doesn’t stretch or breathe itself at all. Instead, it helps to lock in this super dependable wing-like structure that generates direct-feeling power with a tempered ease of the play in the luff sleeve. It all makes for a very impressive performance – absolute, dependable power across a fantastic wind range, with solid balanced handling throughout. In fact, because the foil structure is so assured, the style of the power delivery can be refined using the double clew-eyelets better than we’ve felt in many sails past. Use the bottom eyelet for a more locked in stance to reach new speeds, or the top eyelet for a more upright manoeuvre-oriented sensation. It won’t go neutral like other specialist manoeuvre-sails, but it has real power on tap to drive through and make the stunt more expressive.
A super stable, direct-feeling sail whose power can be refined and tempered incredibly precisely for each individual. Equally happy blasting in a straight-line or mixing it up in a cross-on break, the Eclipse has reached new heights for 2015.
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