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Point 7 ACX 7.5 2012

Point 7 AC-X 7.5

Stats Size (m2) 7.5 Luff (cm) 472 Boom (cm) 206 Battens 7 Ideal Mast 460/25 IMCS Extension Req (cm) 12 Price £440

Background
The AC-X is Point 7’s full power zero cam freerace/freeride sail. This is the second generation model which has had a few tweaks, making it lighter and also more powerful.

At a glance
The Point 7 has seven battens, a short luff and a medium aspect shape, with a straight out-line. It has a slightly shortened boom length, which is cut out at the clew and the second batten up closes the boom to give the sail better stability. The build quality looks good and the Point 7 styling is very distinctive, with solid black panels, red details and a yellow window that really make this sail standout from the crowd on the water.

Rigging
Rigging the AC-X is easy and it has a wide tuning range. Setting on a 460 mast, we tested this sail on a P7 C100 SDM. It sets with a lot of shape in the foil and this can be tuned with the out-haul – for down-haul, aim for the max setting for best performance.

Performance
It feels extremely well balanced in the hands, with an eager forward pull that wants to get you going straight off the beach. It is packing plenty of bottom end grunt, so you will accelerate quickly up through the gears. Its wind range is very impressive, particularly at the top end where it is extremely stable and every gust is transferred into acceleration. It is a fast sail in a straight line and very comfortable at high speeds, delivering performance very close to that of a cambered sail. When you come to the corners though, you’ll know you’ve not got any cams and you can really throw it around, the rotation is smooth and the power feeds in nicely on the exit.

The verdict
The Point 7 AC-X is an impressive high performance freeracer. It combines awesome top end stability and speed with hassle free handling. If you’re looking for maximum performance and speed from a no cam sail then this one’s for you.

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