SIMMER FREEMOVE 120L 2014 TEST REVIEW
This is Simmer’s first foray into the ‘wide and thin’ freemove board segment and the 120 is the largest of a 3-board range that wave boards aside, sits alongside their Monster ‘GPS/Slalom’ line – that’s effectively a freerace model – and the Godzilla light wind freerace offering. The Freemove 120 comes with a 38-cm. Powerbox G10 fin.
‘Combining the thin deck shape with the boxy rails, the board delivers excellent acceleration and high top-end speed, while still maintaining control and balance. The performance-oriented rocker and rails are combined with a versatile, wide and curvy outline. Together with the carefully constructed v flow a good degree of lift is provided allowing for larger sails and heavier riders. Other features are easy jibing all though the speed range.’ (Sic.)
Hopping onboard the Simmer Freemove you’ll instantly feel comfy and ‘at home’, with a friendly, flat-decked feel for good ‘connectivity’ with the hull. The sailing position is planted and, for some, this makes the board feel sluggish and ‘heavy’ – but read on to find out why this is far from true. The upwind performance is notably good and the acceleration also positive, especially out of turns, with a real impression of moving through the gears back up to speed. Around those bends – for all ability levels – the Freemove is a breeze at most speeds to carve, forgiving and smooth and carrying good momentum through the arc. However, there was a split in the team over that sailing sensation. Some describing the board as ‘too stuck to the water’ and others as ‘pinned-down and super-easy to control’. But head-to-head the argument was settled time and again. In wind of up to 35 knots – and with virtually any sail the Simmer was paired with – this board was night and day faster and easier to control than any other in the selection. And not just at the top-end either. It was like driving at 200 mph., but in a Bentley. The ‘haters’ were silenced. Although two admitted they’d still prefer to sail a livelier-feeling board regardless – saying that, in the case of the car analogy, they’d prefer driving a Porsche at 120 mph because it’d ‘feel’ faster. An interesting point that you might want to think through carefully, especially if you like livelier, skittery-feeling boards. But if not being overtaken – or staying stylishly unruffled – is your main priority, then it’s not really up for debate …
Unquestionably the fastest in the group, the Simmer Freemove’s speed is deceptive thanks to the insanely cruisy ride. Like a limousine with an F1 engine inside this is one stealthy board with a forgiving carving nature that’s suitable for all levels of rider.
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