RRD MOVE MK4 5.7M 2016 TEST REVIEW
The MK4 version of the Move is ‘hot off the press’, having only recently been released onto the market. It has comparatively little luff curve compared to the rest in the group, making it easy to downhaul, the leech twisting off progressively whilst the two bottom battens protrude well beyond the leading edge of the RDM mast used. There is plenty of movement in the draft, thanks to the luff tube and Dacron luff panel, whilst the battens retain rotation and enforce structure. Even on its maximum setting the two battens sit beyond the leading edge of the sail, fine-tuning the set on the outhaul.
“The Move offers plenty of power and huge amounts of stability. Whether its flat water blasting, bump and jump or waves, the Move does it all. Morphing through the sizes from a 5 batten power wave in the 4.2 through to a 6 batten blaster in the 7.2, each size of the Move is designed to maximise the conditions.”
On the water the Move was a popular sail amongst the team, providing measured power and light crisp handling across a wide wind range. Very neutral and precise in the hands, the battens sit flat at idle, pushing round the mast. As the wind fills, the stretch in the luff tube and panel allow the sail to adopt a much fuller profile, providing a smooth balanced power delivery that can be used to good effect. The Move has a good tuning range and on its minimum setting can be adjusted to produce as deep a profile as possible, yet it relies on movement in the foil’s panels rather than being fixed in place, making the power delivery soft and easy rather than solid and constant. Once powered up, the centre of effort is placed well forward in the draft, transferring energy effortlessly to the board and delivering light, easy feedback in the hands of the rider. With its short luff length and reduced head area, it feels compact and responsive in the hands, inspiring the rider to initiate manoeuvres or take the sail into more challenging conditions. It certainly wouldn’t feel out of place as the largest sail in a wave sail quiver. As the wind increases, the Move can be re-tuned with more tension, opening the leech up and locking the draft forward with increased skin tension. It can be locked down comfortably in severe conditions, and used for blasting if desired, the power’s position low enough to be comfortable in a committed stance. Yet with its smooth progressive drive and light balanced handling, the Move is a real ‘jack of all trades’ and a delight to use in all conditions.
A supremely easy and controllable sail, the Move provides smooth progressive power and light balanced handling across a wide tuneable range. Well recommended.
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