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RRD Fire 7.5 2012

RRD Fire 7.5

Stats Size (m2) 7.5 Luff (cm) 481 Boom (cm) 211 Battens 7 Ideal Mast 460/25 IMCS Extension Req (cm) 21 Price £515

Background
The Fire is RRD’s freerace/freeride zero cam sail, designed for maximum power and efficiency it is the fastest and most powerful sail to feature in their range.

At a glance
This seven batten sail has a fairly short luff with a racing style out-line, it has a shortened boom length, with a cut down clew. The graphics and styling look are typically RRD, making these sails really standout on the water.

Rigging
Setting on a 460 mast, we tested this sail on a RRD Evolution 80 SDM. It is very easy to rig and tune, we found it performed best when set with the maximum down-haul setting and tuned with minimal out-haul, it also has a tack strap which has to be tightened to put full tension in the foot and help stabilize the foil.

Performance
From the beach it delivers plenty of low-down grunt to get you going quickly and effectively, particularly in lighter winds, it supplies very efficient power. It continues to pull as you accelerate, with a well-balanced feel. The foot is cut low and square so closing the slot happens very naturally when you sheet in and push it up through the gears. In light to medium winds it is a great handling sail, however it is not the most stable in the big gusts and when really maxed out it can become a bit back handed but keep it in its wind range and it is a very quick sail on flat water. Round the corners its well balanced handling pays off and you can crank into high speed manoeuvres with confidence and know that you’ve got plenty of power when you need to apply it on the exit.

The verdict
The RRD Fire is a fast and fun freeride sail, kept in its wind range it will deliver an impressive level of performance that riders of all levels will appreciate as an effective power source for their fast freeride or freerace board.

www.robertoriccidesigns.com

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