RRD MOVE MKII 4.7M 2014 TEST REVIEW
Jumping freaks, locations where the ramps are close to launch and acceleration is imperative. Ignore the bump and jump billing, this is a solid wave-riding sail, especially in onshore, frontside situations.
The Move likes good skin tension, so make sure there’s enough downhaul and that the leech is well-activated. It does require positive outhaul but keep good depth and the power is at it’s most effective, especially for wave-riding.
“The Move is a brand new sail in the RRD line-up designed 100% for the free move sailor. Originating from the highly successful Superstyle, we developed the Move to accompany the Firemove and Freestyle Wave boards. Increased bottom end power, a more compact throw about feel, whilst maintaining high levels of control at all times. Whether you want to blast on flat water, throw down some moves, bump and jump or even hit a few waves, with no compromises, this is the ultimate do it all sail.”
Fairly low aspect but not wide in the head despite a dropped leech/clew.
Outline: The Salt is fairly low aspect in comparison to this group and has quite a high level of luff curve.
Build Quality: Laminated ‘custom’ x-ply, film and Dacron offering. The build is ‘rudimentary’ but by no means light or inadequate, there’s loads of reinforcement in all the right places but no exotic materials – just proven and durable film and ply.
Things we noticed include: Fixed head. Kevlar and ribbed plastic leather head protection. 3-piece Dacron mast sleeve. Internal sleeve reinforcement and seam in luff leading edge. Double-sided silicon batten-end protection. Dacron luff panel and frame but otherwise all ‘custom’ x-ply where the print is sandwiched between layers. Battens all rod variety and on starboard side sewn in using 2-part batten pockets. Flat and sewn-through leech battens. Ply with taped Dacron leech finish. Padded, moulded clew with single cringle clew with some boom side protection. Silicon rubber foot and obscured seams to reduce abrasion. Fabric and neoprene padded tack fairing with sturdy handle, uphaul access hole, 90-deg metal tack pulley.
Rigging and Tuning: Excellent initial cleanliness and positive skin tension, even when flexed under minimal out and downhaul tension.
We tested The Move 5.2 in the September issue and the 4.7 possesses just about all the same character traits – but with arguably better wave riding potential. The power is impressive with a solid, locked-in feel with a slight amount of forgiving spring that helps control the muscle on-tap. It’s definitely a sail that likes to jump, with impressive acceleration and good top speed that helps get you into the action early – with the upwind prowess being noticeably positive too. We all liked the upright, ‘on-your-toes’ stance it delivers as well, keeping you primed and ready for action and always on the lookout for ramps and sets. On the wave the backhand pressure is super-responsive and helpful to generate and control drive in turns. The graphics might not be everyone’s cup ‘o tea, but the performance is definitely striking.
Perfect for power-hungry sailors looking to maximise less-than-ideal conditions, especially in onshore wind. Fast and dynamic, The Move is a solid, all-round sail with genuine wavesailing qualities too.