RRD MOVE MKV 5.7M 2017 TEST REVIEW
The Move is RRD’s all-round sail, transitioning from a 5 battened freewave / onshore wave sail in 4.2m – 6.2m to a six battened freemove foil in 6.7m and 7.2m. The most successful sail in the RRD line-up, it has witnessed some significant upgrades for the new season, with a new inset clew outline (called U-clew), a redesigned tack fairing and anti-abrasion head design and a new trimming system for ease of rigging. It is a well thought out design, blessed with all the intricate touches you’d expect of a modern sail, such as double stitching in vulnerable areas and an integrated mesh pocket for the downhaul rope in the tack fairing. Exclusively for use with an RDM mast, the Move MkV displays relatively little luff curve once tension is applied, setting with progressive twist along the length of its leech and plenty of rotation in the bottom two battens. There is a moderate amount of profile in the batten below the boom, yet the sail’s profile above the boom remains flat at rest.
“This is for the rider that is after power, drive and stability, to maximize any conditions, on any board. From a large Firemove to small Wave Cult. The perfect “go anywhere” tool.”
Easy and neutral in the hands at idle, as the wind turns on the Move’s draft fills significantly to a much deeper, more purposeful profile. The wide Dacron luff panel, which extends all the way from the sail’s tack to its head, coupled with the stretch in the luff sleeve itself, enables this movement. As such, the energy delivered by the Move is super smooth and progressive, making it easy to handle for the rider and never pulling them to their toes, even in the most violent gusts. The centre of effort quite high and forwards in the draft, distributing soft power without feeling spongy or soggy, the movement in the draft quickly reaching an elastic limit to give stable feedback and response.
Gentle and progressive instead of sharp and precise, it has a user-friendly nature, absorbing any jarring impact as you travel over chop and enabling the rider to retain a committed stance. In transition, the Move’s profile shrinks back to its shallow origin, making the sail light and neutral as it rotates, and providing the time for the rider to reposition themselves and the sail before the power returns. With both natural and tuning range available, the Move can be adapted to suit different riding styles, boards and conditions – happy being used for long-distance cruising, learning moves or transitions and even high end blasting. Whilst there is nothing revolutionary about its character or performance, it does everything asked of it well. A ‘go anywhere / do anything’ dependable power source, that provides the confidence for the rider to tackle challenging conditions, or concentrate on a new skill, certain that their sail will behave.
Providing soft useable power and easy balanced handling, the Move is such an easy sail to get on with, whatever your preferred conditions or riding style.
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