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Point 7 Salt 5.2 2012

Point 7 Salt 5.2

Stats Size (m2) 5.2 Luff (cm) 417 Boom (cm) 168 Battens 4 Ideal Mast 400/19 IMCS RDM Extension Req (cm) 17 Price £387

Background
The Salt is an all-new sail from Point 7. Developed by UK rider Adam Lewis, it is a new school, radical four batten power wave/freestyle sail.

At a glance
It has four battens, with a compact out-line, short boom and luff length. It has a full X-Ply construction, so should stand up to some punishment and is un-mistakably Point 7, with unique styling and black panels, which really make their sails stand out on the water.

Rigging
It rigs on a 400 mast and we tested it with a P7 C100 RDM. The tuning range is good and it can be easily tweaked by adjusting the out-haul. This sail sets with a fair amount of shape in the foil but this can be adjusted to suit by applying more tension.

Performance
It feels powerful and balanced in the hands, the pull comes from low down, making the handling easy yet sharp. This sail has got plenty of power, with loads of grunt at the bottom end to get you going very early but at the same time it is also controlled at the top end and in the gusts. When it comes to freestyle it’s compact shape, with short boom, make it very easy to throw around and duck. Its sharp handling characteristics also mean you can switch the power off when you pop into moves and switch it instantly back on to power out of the other side.

The verdict
The Salt has been developed primarily as a new school wave sail but its performance and handling characteristics also make it a highly capable freestyle sail. The Salt is powerful but at the same time very easy to handle, it isn’t the lightest but it is easy to tame that power. It will suit any rider who likes to have maximum grunt from their rig for big fast moves. The unique styling will also get you noticed on the water.

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