Naish Moto 6.0m 2014 Test Review Report
Naish have three camless freeride/crossover offerings, the Vibe (as tested in the Oct 2013 issue), which they bill as a wave/bump ‘n jump sail, the Moto – as tested here – for ‘freeride/bump ‘n jump/light-wind wave use – and the Cruz: a more traditional rotational freeride line. The Dacron upper construction is unique and is complemented by Kevlar ‘airframe’ radials. The 6.0 fits RDMs and the two larger sizes are designed to work with SDM only.
‘The Moto is an easy to handle, all-around sail with a light feel for riders looking for wave, bump & jump and freeride versatility. Designed with a forgiving, soft-twisting leech and slightly deeper foil, the Moto delivers solid power and early planing.’
The biggest standout in terms of the Moto’s behaviour is the super-forgiving nature, which, along with hassle-free rigging, makes it a compelling proposition to newcomers looking for an easy-to-use crossover solution. But it’s not just for entry-level riders at all. The Dacron fabric in the upper section gives an amazing, light sensation that’s quite hard to put your finger on. We all noted that it felt stiff and positive, yet at the same time soft and spongy as it breaths. It’s like the frame is rigid, but the skin is flexy. This 6.0 was very stable and light on the fingertips indeed. Needless to say this made gybing a joy, with the neutral on-off reaction being subtle and refined. The draft isn’t exactly locked-in like a film sail, yet the shape is noticeably forgiving to misdemeanours, such as slightly inaccurate line placement. On the water it didn’t ‘feel’ the fastest, but head-to-heads proved otherwise with the Moto showing surprising competitiveness in burn-ups. The biggest revelation was amongst the larger sailors who tend to like the idea of a soft sail, but are usually put off by the lack of transmission of power into drive that softer sails typically fail to deliver. To their delight this is something Naish has solved impeccably. With the deep foil pulling forward and high, the early-planing is exceptional – again much noticed and appreciated by the larger testers – and the freestylers in the group also enjoyed the instant depower action as they got setup for tricks. It’s not the most compact outline, but that didn’t seem to harm the throw-about-ability and we also think this ‘go neutral’ characteristic will lend itself well to turning in the waves too.
A totally unique soft-feeling sensation that will thrill sailors of all sizes and abilities. Excellent early planing, handy depower and the distinctive, light handling make the Moto standout as a mouth-watering alternative for some all-terrain fun.
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