NAISH MOTO 6.0M 2013 TEST REVIEW
Naish bill the Moto as a versatile freeride/freestyle/light wind wave sail in a lightweight construction package. It was a new introduction to the Naish range last season and for 2013 it remains unchanged.
AT A GLANCE
• 5 battens with 3 micro leech battens
• Full x-ply with a Kevlar weave frame and X116 ultra light scrim in the head.
• Adjustable head cap
• Clew ring rather than cringle
• Moulded tack fairing
• Scalloped leech shape
• Lightest sail in the test
The Naish has an undisputedly high level of build quality, featuring top class materials throughout the sail.
Naish supplied us with one of their 90% RDM 430s. The Moto’s easy to rig, thanks to the easy-access tack fairing and it sets with a subtle amount of shape in the bottom of the sail, flattening-off higher up in the profile. It offers a good tuning range, adjusted mainly through the outhaul setting to suit your preference.
As well as feeling powerful, the light weight nature and build is transferred into the handling which is perfectly balanced. There’s always a nice amount of power in your backhand for control and the pull is slightly forwards. It has heaps of bottom-end grunt and will power-up and getting you going very early. Once up-and-running, it keeps on pulling, accelerating to some impressive top speeds and all the time remaining impeccably controlled. The wind range is great, reacting positively to any lulls or gusts and, with a bit of fine-tuning, it can cover a huge range of wind strengths. The lightweight handling also pays off in manoeuvres, with smooth transitions and power in and out of moves.
The Naish Moto is a high-class sail, utilising top quality materials that make it the lightest in this group. It’s a very versatile sail that will tick a lot of boxes for many riders. From a freeride angle, it delivers superbly well, with plenty of power, speed and smooth handling. It’s also useful for throwing some basic freestyle trickery or would be fun as a light wind wave sail in mellower surf.
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