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RRD Superstyle 4.7 2012

RRD Super Style 4.7

Stats Size (m2) 4.7 Luff (cm) 410 Boom (cm) 163 Battens 5 Ideal Mast 400/19 IMCS Price £475

Background
The RRD Super Style is an all-round wave and freestyle sail. It has been developed with input from RRD team rider John Skye and the range has had a few slight tweaks for 2012.

At a glance
This five batten sail has a very unmistakable and striking appearance that really stands out on the water. The build quality looks good and it also has plenty of X-ply re-enforcements where needed, with a large clear window panel in the middle.

Rigging
Setting on a 400 RDM, we tested the sail on a RRD Wave Vogue 100% RDM. The Super Style is quite sensitive to tuning and it is crucial to rig it correctly to get the best performance. Plenty of down-haul is the key, so pull this on until the leech is floppy down to around batten three. It has a decent amount of pre shape in the foil so fine tune with the out-haul to suit your style or the conditions.

On the water
It is well balanced and light in the hands, with a neutral feel and a solid forward pull. The wind range on the water is good but to get the most out of it, some fine-tuning is required. The bottom end grunt is excellent and will get you going early. Its lightweight and easy handling makes it a great sail to throw around in the waves and the power can be instantly switch off, which is useful in wave or freestyle manoeuvres. The low-down power makes it a good jumping sail, enabling you to boost high and while airborne, its light handling means the sail is easily thrown around.

Summing up
The RRD Super Style crosses over extremely well between waves and freestyle, it is a capable sail in either discipline, so will suit any rider who likes to switch between waves and flat water. It is also very suitable for all abilities of rider and will get you noticed on the water.

www.robertoriccidesigns.com

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