TUSHINGHAM T4 7.5M 2013 TEST REVIEW
Lightweight sailors or those with a preference for ease of use over out-and-out speed.
When slotting into a quiver, bear in mind that, with a soft and smaller-than-it-is feeling, larger riders, or those that like feeling super powered-up might consider using a larger size earlier.
“The ultimate no-cam blasting experience” the T4 is the more performance-orientated sister to the Concept, and built to drive bigger boards in lighter winds. The Storm is the popular higher-wind freeride sail and there is also the 2-cam freeride Lightning.
Outline: Tall, narrow (longest mast in the test) and fairly straight luffed with an outward taper of roach in the leech near the head.
Build Quality: The fact that the T4 is a popular choice for rental centres says a lot about the value and durable construction Tushingham consistently deliver. In this case ‘sturdy’ certainly doesn’t imply heaviness either.
Rigging and Tuning: Compatible with SDMs only, the sleeve’s narrow as you’d expect and there’s a wide range of down and outhaul settings which, with added changes of boom height and mastfoot, adds to the impressive wind range.
Low End & Acceleration: Compared to some Tushies the T4 has a good level of early planing power. This test threw up a wider range of conditions than normal, which really challenged the bottom-end of the T4 more than in the past. Rigged with a tighter leech it will still drive bigger sailors, even on pretty large and wide boards, in moderate breeze.
Top End: With a medium to heavy level of downhaul, dependant on water state, there’s plenty of speed – maybe not quite on a par with the more compact, deeper foiled rivals – but ample pace to get excited about.
Gybing & Manoeuvres: Perhaps the key strength here is the gybability. If learning to gybe or easy carving is your primary focus then the T4’s got your name on it. Light in the hands, cool, calm power control and a flickable nature for a 7.5 make for a pleasant freeride experience.
Handling: Feeling soft and smaller than a 7.5 the T4 gives the impression of having a lower aspect shape than it does in reality. If you like the Storm you’ll probably like the T4 as it has a similar feeling, just in a bigger size.
Unbeatable value for an all-round mix of speed, light-and-easy handling, durability and wind range. If you’re crazy on cracking the carve gybe, look no further.
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