SEVERNE TURBO 7.5 2013 TEST REVIEW
The Turbo is Severne’s twin cam freeride sail, designed to deliver user-friendly race sail style performance and features as an alternative to their full-on, hard-core racing foils – the Overdrive and Reflex.
Seven battens with three micro leech battens
Large clew cut-out
Moderate luff tube
Moulded tack fairing
High build quality
Medium aspect shape
Supplied with a 460 Severne Blue Line 75% carbon SDM, the Turbo was very easy to rig with an 8:1 pulley system on the downhaul and zips on the luff tube accessing each of the cams. There’s a decent tuning range and this 7.5 sets with a solid, relatively deep powerful foil that flattens off towards the head into a twisty, loose leech.
Feeling lightweight in the hands, with a balanced forward drive, there’s plenty of bottom-end grunt, which was especially useful and effective in the lighter winds, allowing early planing with minimal effort. The wind range is huge and the stability through the gusts and at the top end is superb, with the leech twisting away smoothly to maintain complete control and for powering downwind runs. In a straight-line blast the Turbo lives up to it’s name, always feeling like it has an extra gear and that more speed could be squeezed out of it. When gybing the lightweight handling is a real pleasure to use and the rotation very smooth.
The Severne Turbo is a high-class twin cam sail that delivers a great balance of easy handling, stability and high-speed performance. An easy-and-comfortable-to-sail consideration for those seeking to gain speed and confidence to push both themselves and their boards to the limits. Suitable for any level of rider looking for a fast and efficient foil to power either a slalom or freerace board.
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