View Full Version : Ideal Sail - Kombat 105

11th May 2008, 09:54 AM
Just bought a Kombat 105. I have 85kg and I wonder which sail a should get. Today I have a Blade 5.0 and 5.7. What would be the best sail (model) option for this board considering 7.0/7.2 sizes? What is the optimal range of sail?

11th May 2008, 02:12 PM
I'll suggest models from North/Tushingham. You could go for a Duke/Storm (wavier crossover sail) or an Xtype/Tbird (no cam "slalom"). Other brands also have similar sail lines.
Just don't pair a Kombat with anything cambered/race sails.

13th May 2008, 02:04 AM
I'll suggest models from North/Tushingham. You could go for a Duke/Storm (wavier crossover sail) or an Xtype/Tbird (no cam "slalom"). Other brands also have similar sail lines.
Just don't pair a Kombat with anything cambered/race sails.

Screamer, tks for the help.
The Duke is a great option but, if I think of a bigger sail - lets say 7.2/7.5 - I still have a doubt of what I should consider. Even thougth about the Severne Gator, but I'm not sure if it will work.

13th May 2008, 03:20 AM
As Screamer says, avoid cam or freerace sails on that board. Apart from that, you can choose sails depending on the feel you want. At your weight, I don't think you will gain so much by moving to 7.3-7.5 instead of 7.0-7.2, especially not if the sail is heavier with more bottom end. With good technique you might get a bit better mid range, but a bigger sail will bog down the board more and make efficient light wind sailing more difficult (which is what you want the biggest sail for, right?).

But the question in the end is if you just want light wind planing fun (aim for a lighter and "tighter", easily pumpable sail) or more performance oriented locked in sailing (aim for a gruntier, more powerful sail).

I'm not familiar with the Severne sails, but from my brand Hot Sails Maui you can choose either the super fun, light and differernt full dacron "Superfreak" (the only sail with a cult following), the freeride profiled but kind of maneuver cut "Fluid" or the freeride/no cam slalom Speed Demon/XP (one of the few freeride sails that you can get in full xply if you want). Many options and the board can handle them all, the question is what you are after?

14th May 2008, 02:17 AM
I use a 7m Tushingham Thunderbird which works very well on the kombat 105.



16th May 2008, 04:08 PM
Gaastra Remedy 7.4

17th May 2008, 06:51 AM
Thank you all!
I'll check on the the gaastra remedy and NeilPryde Expression 6.9.


Jose Lucas
22nd May 2008, 07:51 PM
I use a Severne NCX 8.0 and a Gator 6,5 on my k105.

Despite the fact that the 8.0 size has been proving to be bigger than the board can carry, I would consider the NCX model. It has incredible power, confort comparable to a cambered sail, yet keeping light weight and the ease of a no cam. I'm planning to change the 8.0 for a 7.5.

The Gator has about the same power than the NCX. The only difference is that it feels a little more "rigid" (due to the x-ply, I believe). For the "big sail" on your kombat, oriented towards freeride, I would recomend the NCX.

I'm also curious about the Ezzy Freeride. Anyone has any quote on the sail?

Jan W
22nd June 2008, 07:49 PM
I like to buy a Kombat 106 next to the Isonic 105l.(year both 2006).I have a 7.0 V8 NP.
Now I read that a camber sail doesn't fit well. What is the reason? I use it only for cruising , not for tricks. I like to change the boards ,because I can't handle the chops with the isonic.

23rd June 2008, 06:54 AM
Jan W
It's not always easy to put explanation into words, I'll try. I've spent a lot of time on iSonics and a Kombat (mine is 86 lit). Cambered sails are good with boards that have harder, boxier rails and flat rockers. That's because you want maximum acceleration and speed ("efficiency" is the word these days ;-) Pedal to the metal, never sheet out, take no prisoners ride. Cruising comfort, maneuverability and ease of gybing come after that. And you want all these things in ugly chop, right?
So, you CAN use a cambered sail on a Kombat (I've sailed 3-cam Daytona on K86), but it will take away some of that board's playful character. It's not meant to be driven always at full throttle like a slalom.

Better than any explanation, try this: put a no cam sail on your iSonic, and put V8 on a Kombat. Neither is a good combo that will give you a satisfying ride.

Now Ola could offer you his view, as he recently started to use iSonics I think.

Jan W
23rd June 2008, 03:30 PM
Screamer thanks for your quick answer.The problem is that my other sail is a Saber 6.2
and I think thats too small for a satisfying result.The best way is to try.I have experience with the Saber in combination with the Isonic and the Kombat 86l. I change boards because the ride on the Isonic goes too fast and I miss the courage to go down wind in indeed ugly chop.Maybe you can advice in a other question on behavior
between Isonic versus Kombat (105-106).The problem is that I doubt in choosing which
volume is the best for me.I have to decide in a few days.Please answer.

23rd June 2008, 06:19 PM

I'm not a team member here, I just thought I could offer some help.
Now I see you're asking about volume too.
1. How heavy are you?
2. What other sails do you want to use below 6.2 and above 7.0? These two are too close imho. Cambered 7.0 will easily cover 6.2 top end, but the difference of course is in handling, and if you want them for different boards/different purposes, then OK.
3. Are you going to dump iSonic or are you keeping it? You may miss its fast ride on flatter water.
4. What is the wind strength when you have trouble in heavy chop? Some people will advise "grit your teeth and go for it/balls of steel, etc", but not everyone wants a hair-raising ride of iSonic in swell and chop. Kombat will always be more manageable/tame/softer ride in ugly conditions.


Edit: Now when I re-read your post, its seems that you need 7-7.5 sail on a Kombat. Is it true, that in 7.5 conditions you get unmanageable water state?

Jan W
23rd June 2008, 11:48 PM
Hi Screamer. At first thanks for your help. I keep the Isonic.My weight is 82 kg.I use a 7.0 and 8.0 V8 for the Isonic.Sometimes also the 6.2 before I had my knee operation.Now I have allready problems with the chop with the 7.0 in 16-20 knots.Normally I change the Isonic for the 86l Kombat when I use the 6.2 Saber.I thought that the 106 l is a better intermediate than a 96l Kombat.Other sails are: 5.4 , 5.0 and 4.7.Give me your advice.Thanks and Bye

24th June 2008, 03:04 AM
I don't know, iS105 + K86 looks just about perfect combo to me. If you absolutely need a larger Kombat then 106 for sure.

Good luck