VANDAL ADDICT 6.0M 2013 TEST REVIEW
The Vandal Addict is a freeride crossover sail that’s designed with manoeuvrability and handling in mind, for riders that want to blast around at high speeds and also throw down a few tricks as well. Last season it received a full makeover and for 2013 it retains the same design.
AT A GLANCE
• 6 battens with 2 micro leech battens
• Mainly monofilm construction with X-ply on the leech
• Padded tack fairing
• High aspect-ratio shape
• Low-cut foot
• Trademark Vandal printed graphics
A 6-batten frame with powerful shape. The build quality is good but is pretty low on reinforcements, presumably to save weight and cost.
We tested the Addict using a 430 RDM Gaastra 100% carbon mast and found it hassle-free to rig with a decent tuning range. The sail measurements printed inside the luff tube at the boom cut-out gave an accurate guide to tune from. The 6.0 set with a fair amount of shape low down in the foil, which twists off in the leech.
It’s extremely well balanced, with plenty of power and drive to get you going quickly. It accelerates rapidly up through the gears and keeps on pulling up to the top-end, so you’ll easily explore the high-speed potential of whatever board you’re riding. It also has a playful side to it as well and the well-composed handling makes it easy to chuck into gybes or for a spot of freestyle. The wind range is wide, with plenty of power to keep you going through the lulls and complete control in the gusts.
The high-aspect Vandal Addict is a more freeride-orientated sail that packs plenty of power for high-speed blasting but is also very useful in manoeuvres and a total pleasure to throw about. The visual styling’s not going to be to everyone’s taste but the performance will suit riders of all levels, whether it’s powering a freestyle wave or freeride board. This 6.0 combines high speeds with great handling and, it has to be said, incredible value for money too.
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