RRD Move 6.2m 2014 Test Review Report
The Move – made largely from nice quality custom-printed x-ply – sits in between the two RRD wave models and the Evolution rotational freeride and Fire no-cam freerace sails in the RRD sail range. RRD are really pushing to be a main player in the sail market with quality items across the board. The bold colours might not be to everyone’s taste but there are distinct handling qualities throughout the collection and the super quality masts also represent excellent value for money. All sizes of the Move are designed for use on RDM masts.
‘For the Move we stepped back and analyzed exactly what a rider wants in each size of sail. This changes massively from 8.0 down to 4.2, so the Move is designed to fits the needs of every free-style wave and free move rider. The 6.7, 7.2 and NEW 8.0 all feature 6 battens and a more blasty orientated ride. The 6.2 and 5.7 offer fun maneuver based performance, whilst the 5.2, 4.7 and 4.2 become bump and jump and even wave orientated. Whether its jumping, gybing or blasting, for someone that wants to have maximum fun no matter what the wind, the Move does it all with Style.’ (Sic.)
Similarly to the other 2014 Moves that we tested (See October 2013 issue for 5.2 and Nov/Dec issue for the 4.7), this 6.2 delivers a nice upright, agile stance that the freestylers really appreciated. This is one stable, smooth and easy to handle sail, with particularly impressive top-end control. Again, it also flies upwind and absorbs gusts easily, with the upper area of the rig working noticeably efficiently to regulate the drive, aided by a smidgeon of built-in flex. Also of note was how well this foil powered the wider board outlines with ease. Amongst the group this was probably the most true ‘freestyle-wave’ sail while, many others in this selection really display more of a high-wind freeride nature to their handling and suitability. If you’re a coastal sailor with a floaty freestyle wave or large wave board this 6.2 would really deal with lighter onshore conditions well, without feeling too big or tall for higher performance wave riding action. In terms of rigging we preferred this 6.2 set with enough downhaul to allow most of the leech to breathe and maintain a good surface tension and minimal positive outhaul. You can tweak the wind range using both but we mostly found a fuller outhaul setting to be the most fruitful in most wind strengths.
An ideal coastal bump ‘n jump an onshore wavesailing option. Stable and smooth, The Move delivers positive speed, early-planing, acceleration and upwind performance for hassle-free zip around the park to reach ramps early and prevent losing ground.
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