SEVERNE BLADE 5.3 2013 TEST REVIEW
The Blade is Severne’s ‘control-oriented’ all-round wave sail intended to deliver the ‘perfect balance between power and control’. For 2013 it’s been tuned-up to be even lighter and stronger.
A solid looking five batten, medium aspect shape made of full X-ply construction. With lightweight EM3 laminates in the head to keep the weight down, as well as a titanium clew ring and Severne’s new ‘Spiderfibre’ strips to spread load around the sail, the impressive specification of materials and build quality make for an undoubtedly high-class product.
The 5.3 rigs on a 430 and we paired it with the preferred Severne Redline RDM. Just like its smaller 4.7 sibling, (tested last month), it has an impressively wide tuning range – adjustable through both down and outhaul to suit the conditions. We found it performed best with enough downhaul so the leech was floppy between the top three battens.
The Blade is perfectly balanced and extremely lightweight in the hands. With plenty of smooth power and drive into the board, it doesn’t ask much of the rider. The draft is forward and high, making it light and easy on the backhand with an ‘invisible’, natural feel. This is an efficient profile with a wide wind range coping effortlessly in either lighter airs or stronger, gusty winds. Be it straight-line sailing, riding down-the-line or linking tricky onshore sections, the Blade is capable of both supplying force when it’s needed and going instinctively neutral when being thrown around.
All of our testers loved the Severne Blade as a superb all-round wave sail delivering an excellent combination of power and featherweight handling. For 2013 it’s been tuned-up to a level that challenges the S1, but offers a far more forgiving and versatile experience for any level of sailor. Highly recommended!
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