Jun 9, 2010
RRD Evolution 6.5
On the water: To most windsurfers RRD (Roberto Ricci Designs) is known as a highly regarded board brand. Over the last few years the company gradually pieced together a sail and rig component line with a similar performance-driven attitude. The Evolution is a freeride sail designed for all-round performance on flatter water. Its most striking quality is its lightness in weight. Most sails at this size have at least one more batten than the Evolution’s five. This made it a joy in transitions and the most loved sail of intermediate testers who found it more manageable than any other “big” sail in the test. It was not the fastest sail, but it’s one of the most fun to ride. For use on wider boards and by heavier riders, we downhaul to the recommended setting for a higher and deeper draft with more power. On the speedier more efficient test boards, we added tension slightly beyond the recommended setting for a crisper and more slippery feel. This also allowed it to handle more wind than you’d expect of a sail with five simple rod battens.
Rigging: You won’t find a sail easier to rig than the Evolution. With no-cams and only five battens, it goes together with minimal effort, especially with an RDM. There is a relatively large downhaul range and it takes a decent amount of adjustment to produce a noticeable reaction from the sail. We did find a little bit of leech flutter at maximum downhaul when we were trying to pit it against the raciest sails in the test. It’s also worth noting that the Evolution can also be rigged on a SDM.
Final word: The Evolution is a simple and light sail that will help any freerider progress as quickly as possible.
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