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POINT-7 SADO 3G 5.4 2013 TEST REVIEW

Stats Size (m2) 5.4 Luff (cm) 411 Boom (cm) 162 Battens 5 Ideal Mast 400/19 IMCS RDM Extension Req (cm) 11 Price £450

POINT-7 SADO 3G 5.4 2013 TEST REVIEW

Background
2013 marks the third generation model of Point 7’s power wave sail, the Sado. This season’s model is lighter and is intended to allow lighter sailors to ride a size smaller but deliver grunt in abundance to heavier riders.

At-a-Glance
A 5-batten compact outline with a straight foot and Kevlar tack fairing. The full x-ply build quality, construction and materials are of a high standard and clearly intended to last. The trademark dark panels and coloured window styling are unmistakably Point-7 and unmissable on the water.

Rigging
Using the recommended 400 Point 7 RDM the Sado is no hassle to rig and sets with a lot of shape and power between the bottom two battens. It has a good tuning range that can be adjusted through the outhaul to suit the demands of the day.

Performance
The Sado is packing tonnes of power, but is also well-balanced to offer complete control. This stability allows easy access to the muscle when needed. The pull is from forwards in the foil, with a lot of drive and a subtle amount of backhand feedback. There’s heaps of bottom end juice for getting up-to-speed quick, and a good wind range for remaining controlled in the gusts and charging through the lulls. It’s a great jumping sail with all the power on-tap for plenty of speed to go big, plus the full profile gives an extra boost in the air too. On the wave you can use the forward drive to hit sections with good pull for powering-up your bottom turn and lots of punch off-the-top.

The Verdict
The Point 7 Sado 3G has power in abundance, but all this energy is easy to control. Its sharp handling would suit a wide range of rider sizes and styles seeking a full-throttle engine for Wavesailing a variety of wave or freestyle wave boards.

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