SEVERNE BLADE 4.7M 2015 TEST REVIEW
The Blade quiver spans an extensive 13 sizes stretching from 3.0 right up to 6.7m to fit any wave board size or rider. The Severne line-up is nothing if not comprehensive with no less than five specifically labelled wave designs plus the Gator crossover. The Blade however retains its position as Severne’s standard bearer and” Swiss army knife “any wave, any board adaptability and has long been a test favourite for its ease of use and wide wind range. The latest incarnation of the Blade uses exotic Spider Fibre technology which Severne implemented to reduce swing weight and create a stronger clew. Throughout the sail you can see the detail that has gone into increasing weight/strength ratio for 2015 with laminates specifically designed for each area of the sail.
The 015 Blade is a 100% X-Ply wave sail, designed to create the perfect blend between power and control offering maximum stability and wind range and the wave sail to choose for all-round high performance.
With the 5.3 having been given an extensive work out in last month’s test, we had no surprises on the 4.7. It really does feel the same as the 5.3, but with the dimensions that make 4.7s feel that bit more pure and fun to use. All of the team felt the 2015 blade has progressed on and its key features of slightly forward mid pull and a very light hand pressure transmitted through the boom are still there. Also still present is the great stability through the most savagely shifting gusts and remember, it’s not just the increase in wind speed in gusts that challenge a sail but the sudden change of angle that can upset the foil and the Severne copes amazingly well with both. All these attributes are enhanced further by the smoothed out power application from neutral to “drive” with the sail filling very progressively through transitions. Another notable facet that we could all feel was the sensation of being pulled into your bottom turn as you rake the rig over and the head of the sail building pressure to squirt you back up the face. It’s not something that doesn’t happen in some other designs, just a point that we pick up on more with the Blade and rather like. The combination of composure and stability give the speed and confidence to attack ramps and the Blade was a jumping favorite. It’s not a powerhouse sail but a refined precision tool that has manoeuvrability to rival many 3 and 4 batten sails and an engineered weight that does the same.
Like the 5.3 Blade featured in last month’s issue, the Blade’s mix of exotic materials and pared down engineering result in one of the very lightest 5 batten sails available. The sailing experience is even more refined than previous years; smooth, tough and agile make it a really solid choice for absolutely anyone.
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