SIMMER ICON 4.7 2013 TEST REVIEW
The Icon is Simmer’s all-round wave sail – described as the most versatile sail in their range – designed to deliver in all conditions. For 2013 it has been reshaped with a wider sleeve and lower clew to offer more forgiving handling and even better manoeuvrability.
There’s a fairly compact five batten outline, with a medium aspect shape and full X-ply re-enforcement throughout. The build quality is top notch – this sail has been built to last and looks like it would stand up to some serious punishment. This season it’s available in three new colour options.
Using a 400 Simmer RDM10 it’s no hassle to rig with a decent tuning range to suit the conditions. For the best results stick to the recommended settings and then tweak very slightly either way with the downhaul, but mainly with the outhaul to find your favoured setting.
The Icon is balanced in the hands, with a fairly powerful and solid feel. The drive is forwards in the sail and there’s a decent level of low-end power to get you up-and-going quickly. It’s a very controlled sail with relaxed handling and an on/off power delivery.
When waveriding there’s plenty of drive through the turn and it’s easy to switch-off the power in manoeuvres. At the top end it remains very well behaved and even when fully maxed-out at the top of its range, it never felt back-handed.
The Icon delivers the perfect balance of power and control. It’s a sail you can completely forget about while riding and super-reliable in all conditions, with good low-end power and great top-end control. It would suit riders regularly tackling a wide range of conditions that want a reliable, bomb proof sail that can deliver anywhere.
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