RRD FOUR 4.7 2013 TEST REVIEW
The Four is RRD’s four-batten wave sail developed by team rider John Skye. It was introduced to their range last season and has been further tweaked for 2013, with the MKII claiming improved handling and wind range.
A short luff with a moderate boom length and a compact four-batten outline. The leech has a slight cut-out just above the clew to reduce boom length plus there’s an adjustable head strap. It features plenty of X-ply re-enforcement sail in the critical areas for strength and has a decent size clear window in the middle.
Setting on a 400 mast we tested it with a RRD Wave Vogue RDM. It’s easy to rig and the tuning range is wide so it can be modified to suit the conditions using both down and outhaul.
It’s light in the hands and excellently balanced with a fairly soft yet responsive feel. It powers-up smoothly and quickly and the pull is from low down – giving plenty of control. RRD have achieved well with widening the wind range of the MKII, as there’s plenty of grunt at the bottom end for early-planing plus it delivers complete control at the higher end of the scale.
The Four has a very crisp on/off power switch, which is controlled by your backhand and can be put to great effect when waveriding, with plenty of drive and torque when you want it in the turn, but going nice and light and neutral when you don’t. It’s a very throwabout and manoeuvrable sail both on the wave and in the air.
The RRD have produced a great sail in the Four, the 2012 was very good, but with the tweaks they’ve made, the MKII is even better. It’s an awesome compact wave sail that delivers in all conditions. On test it performed superbly and was amongst everyone’s favourites. Highly recommended!
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