RRD MOVE 5.7M 2015 TEST REVIEW
Offering a range of 7 sizes from 7.2m to 4.2m, the Move is the RRD loft’s one-sail-does-all, the 5.7m given 5 battens to aim squarely at the “bump, jump and blast” market. Possessing slightly shorter and squatter dimensions than the average in the group, it has relatively little luff curve, making it easy to apply the downhaul tension. Setting conventionally, there is also a large tuning range available, the leech falling away progressively as more tension is applied and using the outhaul to fine-tune the power delivery.
“The Move is without a doubt, the most versatile sail range in the RRD line. The concept … is to provide the ultimate sail no matter what the wind strength. The 6.2 and 5.7 feature 5 battens and are the perfect match for a sporty freestyle wave / freemove board. Blasting, jumping, gybing, they do it all.”
With an upright stance the Move generates a good amount of useable power in marginal winds and can be used to pump onto the plane effectively. The style of feedback is quite soft and manageable, going relatively neutral in the hands as you ease out with the backhand. This makes it fun to throw-about and use in old-school, perhaps even some new-school freestyle tricks, whilst not feeling out of place around a break. The response might not be as instantaneous, sharp or precise as the manoeuvre-specialist may demand, but its manners and measured power delivery is welcome for most. Such is the control, that you feel you can venture out into whatever terrain is in front of you – go for a blast on flat water or do battle with a coastal arena, safe in the knowledge that you are backed by your sail. In overpowered conditions, you can continue to apply the tension to let the sail twist off and break, spilling any excess power and locking the centre of effort forward. We were quite surprised just how tunable the Move was. With such an upright leading edge, we thought it would experience behavioral issues at the top of its range … but none of it! It is a great example of a conventional feeling all-rounder which will happily partner most board styles and perform dependably.
A well built, easy-to-use and versatile sail that retains its manners throughout its vast, tunable wind range. The Move has a familiar set and feel that makes it easy to get the most out of.
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