View Full Version : Evo 74 2006 vs Evo 80 2007

3rd March 2007, 09:50 PM
I have today an Evo 74 (which is a fantastic board!) and am very interested in the Evo 80 ยด07 since the E74 for me needs a fully powered 5.3m2 before it rips. Before I had the E80 2005 and found it super with 5.0-5.7 but somewhat hectic with a overpowered 4.7m2. I have heard that the new Evo80 is greatly improved concerning board control compared to the 2005 model. Thus my questions:

1. How much better concerning control is the E80 2007 vs 2005?
2. How does it compare with the Evo 74 2006 concerning control, wave sailing and feel (e.g. does it feel much bigger?)
3. What sail sizes are sweet spot for a sailor of 84-85kgs on the E80?
4. What sail sizes are feasible for a sailor of my weight? Does the E80 handle a fully powered 4.2m2 in 2m x-on waves comfortably?

I have not decided if I am to sell my E74 and only have the E80 or have both. It depends a bit on how different they are on the water.

3rd March 2007, 11:11 PM
I guess you will not _really_ know until you tried the new 80 (and my offer stands - you can try mine the first reasonably warm and windy day after I get back from the alps mid april).

But I think Scotty may have some things to add. If he's got internet access, I'll see if I can get him in here.

scott mckercher
6th March 2007, 08:38 PM
Sorry for not posting sooner, but I wrote in response to this, but it didn't seem to go up. Was pretty tired when written so probably stuffed up the posting.
05 to 07 evo 80.? You'd find the 07 faster with better control through chop.
It does feel quite a bit bigger than the 74. I only sail it down to a 5.0, but more optimum would be 5.3 and 5.7 for my weight depending on the conditions. 5.3 and good waves I'd still be on the 74, but when it got junkier and onshore I'd jump to the 80.
Basically for your weight I'd go both the boards. The 74 loves 4.2 weather and you'd be missing it when you didn't have it.