Point 7 introduces their 2nd generation of the Sado, it is designed for maximum power in all wave conditions and the new model has been developed to deliver more performance in a more compact shape.
At a glance
It has five battens, with a high cut foot and a compact out-line shape. The build quality and materials are of a high standard and although not the lightest sail on test, it looks like it should stand up to some punishment and the solid black panels really stand out on the water.
The 4.7 can be rigged on either a 400 or a 370 mast, 370 is recommended and we tested the sail on a Point 7 Super RDM 370. The Sado sets with a lot of pre shape and power between the bottom battens. It has a decent tuning range and can be set for a wide range of conditions or flattened off, but for best results keep some shape in the foil.
On the water
This is a powerful wave sail but at the same time it is extremely well balanced, it pulls from low-down and slightly forward, which makes the power very accessible and easy to control. The bottom end grunt is immediate so there is never any waiting or struggling for power, this gets you quickly onto the plane and is also very useful when battling out through challenging conditions.
It is a great sail for jumping as it gives you heaps of lift in the air and its compact shape is easy to throw about. On the wave it really pulls, so you’ll never run out of speed or power in the bottom or top turn, the power can also easily be switched off when you don’t need it.
The Sado delivers super crisp handling combined with an endless supply of power. Suitable for a range of abilities but best in the hands of the more experienced, power hungry riders.