The Combat has featured in the Neilpryde range for many years as their all-round durable wave sail. It hasn’t changed much for 2012 but has some bright new graphics.
At a glance
This five batten sail has a very short luff and compact shape. It has large, clean panel layouts with twin seams and Dyneema Web X-ply construction throughout to make it as durable as possible and it is also very lightweight. The bright colours really make these sails standout and the graphics are printed between the laminates for added durability.
This 4.7 sets on a 370 RDM and we tested it on a Neilpryde X9 mast. It is easy to rig and it has a wide tuning range that can be adjusted to suit the conditions. We found it set best with slightly less out-haul to give it a bit more shape and power but it can be adjusted to suit all styles.
On the water
It is lightweight and well balanced in the hands. The pull is from very low down, making it very easy to handle and it feels extremely throw about. The bottom end power is good, while not being overly grunty, it powers up quickly and smoothly. The top end performance is most impressive, where its control and high-wind range is unbeatable. The handling is very crisp and sharp, making it respond straight away. On the wave it delivers plenty of power and this can be switched on or off very easily. Its low aspect and compact shape also makes it a good jumping sail and it is easy to control in the air and throw into manoeuvres.
The Neilpryde Combat impressed us in a wide range of conditions and delivered in all situations, with a top end wind range that is unbeatable, it was particularly good in strong and gusty conditions. The compact shape and crisp handling will also cater for a wide variety of rider styles and abilities.