NAISH FORCE 5.3 2013 TEST REVIEW
The Force is the power wave sail in the Naish range, designed for any type of conditions. Often referred to as ‘Robby’s personal sail of choice’ it fits alongside the new-skool Chopper and Boxer compacts and the softer feeling Session.
A moderate to high aspect ratio outline with five-battens and a long luff. It’s very lightweight thanks to the scrim materials used and also looks durable with Kevlar reinforcements around the frame and X-ply in crucial areas.
Armed with a 430 Naish 90% RDM, it sets with a lot of power and shape in the foil, and a fairly loose leech. The tuning range is very good and can be adjusted mainly through the outhaul once the downhaul is set. The tack fairing on the Naish is also very good as it opens up completely to give easy access to the downhaul, making rigging and tuning much easier.
You can instantly feel this sail is light in the hands and incredibly powerful. The draft is slightly forward of centre and there’s a useful level of feedback through the backhand. Its natural wind range is extremely good, with oomf to keep you going through any lulls and control even in the strongest of gusts. Having stacks of bottom end on-tap is useful for accelerating through the break and, once you’re going, it’s also pretty quick. In jumping terms, all that torque helps to send you big and ensure complete control when airborne. On the wave the horsepower translates into drive for squeezing every last ounce of speed out of every turn. This sail is sharp and reactive in manoeuvres and ultra-reliable in any situation.
The Naish Force is super-powerful yet lightweight in the hands. It would suit anyone searching for maximum output from their rig. This was a very popular sail with all of our testers and is a classic five-batten alternative to the Naish Chopper tested last month.
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