RRD VOGUE MK6 PRO 4.7M 2015 TEST REVIEW
The 2015 Vogue is billed as “pure wave side shore” and has reduced to a 4 batten design from 4.7m and below with the bias towards control, whilst the 5.0, 5.3 and 5.6 remain with five battens and more power emphasis. Available in 2 versions: Vogue HD with full X-ply construction and the Vogue Pro as tested here. The RRD range now spans the new 3 batten Gamma, the 4 batten Four, which is the lowest aspect of the line-up and the multi-functioning Move, which really proved itself to be a widely favored sail in Medano’s variable conditions. We think that the side shore title might be underestimating the Vogues all round abilities a touch and the sail really stood out more as a tool to tackle any job it was given.
The Vogue is all about control. Light in the hands, neutral feel and perfectly balanced in all conditions, the Vogue MK6 offers unrivalled control in a radical hardcore wave sail.
From all the team, the same positive reports kept coming back for ease of use, direct useful power without feeling powerful and solid acceleration.
Maneuverability and lightness of feel improves as you move away from the light wind settings and we were never unsettled at the upper end. The consensus was of a neutral handling, mid to slightly forward pulling foil that was great to use around the break. Really great acceleration and upwind ability that RRD have underplayed on their website. From 95kg to 70kg riders the sail is consistent in performance and rivals the Banzai for the feeling that you can forget about the sail and concentrate on your riding. This sail can really do more than you might expect from the marketing assault. It has good speed for a 4 batten sail and lower backhand pressure than its Move and Four counterparts. In the test group its early planning drive was class leading. The Vogue look and graphics are very striking but the HD version features a subtler look if you prefer it. Other build quality refinements and details have been applied as per the Move, and comments regarding the tough well-finished look were commonplace. RRD sails have performed very well on test with this seasons revisions and they certainly have everyman appeal. Rather than the dedicated cross shore performance listed in their marketing for the Vogue we feel it offers a great package for all abilities and wave types while having all the ingredients to deliver on those epic down the line days too.
Although billed as a “side shore” biased sail, the Vogue rivaled the Banzai for “invisibility factor”. It has an all round easy nature, even pull and solid blend of acceleration and control making it suitable for all sizes and abilities. Very easy to like and keenly priced with mast to offer a good value package.
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