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Sailworks Revolution 5.2

Mar 4, 2011

Luff: 427 Boom: 166
With year after year of only subtle changes to the look of the Sailworks Revolution, we were shocked to unroll the 2011 version and find its bold new graphics. Underneath these flashy looks, we still found a Revolution at heart, with its easy-handling short-boom feel and Sailworks’ renowned attention to detail.
    This Revo has a good amount of seam shaping that locks in the draft, making for a sail that crosses over from the waves to become a great bump-and-jump sail as well. When downhauled properly to spec, there is a fair amount of leech twist but, under load, there is never any fluttering up top. As you push yourself to top speed across the chop, it’s this loose leech doing all the work to account for changes in board trim, as well as changes in the wind. All you have to do is focus on finding your next ramp or area to rail into a jibe. The shorter boom does make the sail a little more reactive, so anyone who is used to hooking in and expecting a yank on your backhand when getting planing will have to learn to use a lighter touch. Fear not, though, as learning to have this lighter touch means you’ll actually use less effort to get planing.
    The Revo feels so light in your hands that it makes you realize the new moves you’ve being dreaming of are attainable. Any time the rig is rotating, it stays upright with a minimal amount of effort, and it takes only the smallest yank on the reigns to ever get it back under control. The locked-in shape does seem to prevent it from going neutral as quick as some other sails, yet, with the rig being so light, you can manoeuvre it at will. So, there’s no need to take any aggression out of a bottom turn, or worry when setting up for a new-school freestyle move.
    The Revo is an easy-handling sail that works in all conditions to help anyone try their best impressions of Sailworks team rider Phil Soltysiak, while others on the water are getting flattened by those “little” gusts. sailworks.com



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