NORTH NATURAL 6.6M 2013 TEST REVIEW
Taller sailors, those in gustier locations and anyone who likes refined power delivery without an overly aggressive behaviour. Definitely worth a demo if you intend to hang on to more traditionally outlined board.
Best paired with narrower, more traditionally outlined boards.
Any level or size of windsurfer looking for a plug ‘n play, easy to set up and use product with a little bit of performance and longevity in the tank for smaller boards after mastering the basics. Strong pick for anyone who likes to sail a size up or powered-up.
Outline: High aspect plan shape with a cutaway clew, flat head and slight leech cut-out between battens one and two.
Build Quality: X-ply and monofilm, triple roller tack pulley, duratech foot, up to 5-year warranty available (register online to extend the standard 2-yr. guarantee). As ever with a North creation there’s definitely attention to detail in the build but this is a lighter weight, tactically reinforced sail rather than a Heavy Duty product.
Rigging and Tuning: The North Visual Trim Settings (VTS) and VTS-Plus (for one-setting rig-and-go) give an impressive set that leaves little adjustment required throughout the wind range, although we found, perhaps counter-intuitively, that low-end performance was better with a little more outhaul than recommended.
Low End & Acceleration: Like many Norths this Natural likes to be powered-up but lighter sailors will have no issues. Experiment with more outhaul than recommended in lighter air. (Leave it nearer the VTS Plus setting). Once up-and-running there is extra power and speed on-tap.
Top End: Superb control at the higher end of the spectrum with pleasing speed on any point of sail. The stiff batten profile keeps everything nice and stable when the going gets tougher.
Gybing & Manoeuvres: A lovely light, tricky, flicky sensation makes the Natural a joy to gybe and throw about. Perfect for those learning to gybe.
Handling: Although the profile is locked and stable, the Natural feels like a wave or freestyle wave sail with a central pull that’s very light in the hands and easy to ditch power with.
An excellent light, throwabout, pure freeride sail with impressive top-end performance.
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