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RRD Superstyle 5.2 2012

RRD Super Style 5.2

Stats Size (m2) 5.2 Luff (cm) 420 Boom (cm) 170 Battens 5 Ideal Mast 400/19 IMCS RDM Extension Req (cm) 20 Price £499

Background
The Superstyle is RRD’s power wave and freestyle sail which has been developed to be light in the hands and improve planing performance as well as handling.

At a glance
It has five battens, with a fairly short boom and high clew. It is unmistakably RRD with large graphics and bright colour schemes that really get these sails noticed on the water. It has plenty of X-Ply re-enforcements throughout, so should stand up to some level of abuse.

Rigging
It rigs on a 400 mast and we tested it with a RRD 100% carbon RDM. To get the best out of this sail you need to apply the correct amount of down-haul. We found that you needed to pull on enough to just break the leech, before tuning with the out-haul. This was also the case in lighter winds.

Performance
It is a very light, well balanced and easy sail to use, while its bottom end grunt is not the most powerful, its control at the top end is excellent. The power feeds in very smoothly and is easy to control. When it comes down to freestyle, it is a sail that likes to be thrown around, it ducks incredibly easily and the balanced characteristics make tricky transitions a doddle with smooth handling in all conditions.

The verdict
The Superstyle is a great all-rounder for both waves and freestyle. This new model is an improvement on last years, feeling lighter and more lively in the hands. It is a capable and reliable sail, which has some very individual styling that makes it really stand out from the crowd. Particularly good in windier and gusty conditions. It will suit any level of freestyle rider who likes to rip on both flat water, as well as in the waves.

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