GOYA ECLIPSE PRO 5.3 2013 TEST REVIEW
The Eclipse Pro is Goya’s five batten ‘world-wide’ power wave sail designed for radical wave action. It’s available in either the Pro full X-ply construction, tested here, or Mono construction for lighter handling.
A compact, fairly low-aspect 5-batten outline, with Goya’s ‘reduced head shape’, higher-manoeuvrability concept that they claim is ‘like adding 5mm of tail rocker to your board’. The Eclipse is incredibly well-built and looks like it will stand up to some serious abuse, with a full X-ply construction and Kevlar reinforced frame. It’s also lost weight thanks to lighter Scrim materials used throughout.
Using a Goya Direct Drive 90% 400 RDM it was no hassle to rig and has a wide tuning range with handy guides printed on the cloth. At the clew there are also two outhaul options for either more control or power and further fine-tuning.
With a solid low down drive, the bottom-end is excellent, pulling you quickly up to speed with a very well-balanced feel. It delivers a lot of power for its size and the compact shape is very easy to control. On the wave the power transition to and from neutral is smooth and it stays composed while being thrown in and out of moves, with plenty of torque when you need it. The wind range on the water is impressive, from a strong bottom-end through to dealing superbly with heavier gusts.
The Goya Eclipse is a very efficient power wave sail that has a broad spectrum of use as well as a huge tuning range. With light and crisp handling it’s perfect for charging down big waves and is excellent to handle during manoeuvres.
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