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NeilPryde Fusion 5.5

Mar 4, 2011

Luff: 431 Boom: 179
The Fusion is a new sail in the NeilPryde range that replaces the Zen and Excess. It’s a lightweight freeride sail that combines flatwater blasting performance with wavesail-like manoeuverability. Like all sails in the 2011 NeilPryde lineup, the use of Dyneema yarns makes for a more durable and lighter-weight sail cloth, while the flashy graphics are actually printed inside the film and won’t wear with time.  
    As a true do-everything sail, we find it balances well on both flatwater freeride boards and FSW shapes, with just a slight adjustment to the downhaul. With minimal downhaul tension, there is enough softness in the leech to keep the sail stable at speed on a fast freeride board. Adding more tension lowers the draft without making the leech flutter, for a more balanced ride on a FSW with only a single rear strap. Regardless of how much downhaul you decide to use, the wind range is impressive, putting many of the wavesails to shame as the wind increases. The longer boom allows most intermediates to find an increased wind range in lighter conditions, and with power that is easy to tap into.
    The sail’s manoeuvrability comes from three traits: a flat profile that goes neutral without too much fuss, a soft rotation, and the fact that the sail itself is so light. It might not be our first choice as a wave or freestyle sail, but considering its stability and wind range, it’s impressive that the thought of using it for either purpose would even cross our minds. Who it would clearly be first choice for is a sailor who is still progressing quickly and wants to be able to experience every aspect of the sport before looking for more specialized gear.
    The Fusion lets you take advantage of whatever conditions come your way, as it can do everything most sailors will ever ask of it. neilpryde.com



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