|17th July 2013 10:18 PM|
|mcross19||Without trying the two back to back I couldn't say but they seem the same upwind, just need to be planning and a decent size fin.|
|17th July 2013 06:04 AM|
YES. I Completely agree.
I wrote this already more than a year ago in a thread. Don't remember anymore which one.
I cannot compare with the 2013 version of the US because I've never tried it but I compare with my former Formula 161. Perhaps I shouldn't compare with a Formula because obviously the US is NOT a Formula but I also found that pointing was not the best property of the US.
What I can tell you is that a bigger fin (e.g. 64) in combination with a 10.9 sail and the mast foot way back helps A LOT. So, indeed the US needs power for pointing. It handles the power also very well and that's why I like it a lot.
Interesting to hear that the 2013 version points better. Must be the wider tail, although I haven't checked the specs.
|17th July 2013 01:09 AM|
|16th July 2013 07:56 PM|
I'm not convinced that a 9.6 is as powerful as a 10.9.
Getting onto the plane with it, yes. But pointing upwind, doubtful.
I probably plane as early with my 8.8 & 58 fin as with my 10.9 & 64 fin in marginal conditions, but then often after 1 rack + a jibe, I need to slog back to the point where I started off. Something that I hate.
In PWA slalom races, they don't have this problem too much because they go slightly downwind all the time.
On the other hand, I you take a sail that has a lot of low-end power (typically a light wind 2-cambered free race sail) you can quickly get overpowered when suddenly the wind picks up. I had this often with my 9.5 freerace sail which I sold because of this reason.
|16th July 2013 07:02 PM|
That was an interesting point about the 9.6m being as powerful as a formula 10.7 because this is the discussion I had with the guys at Point 7 so they have made me a 10m Custom AC1 Slalom sail which I will use on my Ultrasonic. It weighs much less than a 10.7m Formula sail due to a shorter mast and boom but it is supposed to be equally as powerful, be interersting to get it going on the water.
The one big improvement the 2013 Ultrasonic has it the rear foot strap position has been moved futher outboard giving you a much more comfy stance on the board when planning.
|16th July 2013 01:02 PM|
[QUOTE=Maybe one day the PWA will see sense and allow these 90cm+ wide slalom boards in competition. Far less cancelled heats and sitting on the beach as they push the wind minimums lower, which can't be bad for the sponsors[/QUOTE]
Good point. the extra 5cm could mean a lot more heats would get done, especially at some of the events known for light/flukey conditions. Must be gut wrenching for the pro's to sat on the beach during an event.
Could mean a whole new generation of fast 90cm slalom boards. I remember how quickly Formula developed/improved in its early days.
|16th July 2013 11:43 AM|
Maybe one day the PWA will see sense and allow these 90cm+ wide slalom boards in competition. Far less cancelled heats and sitting on the beach as they push the wind minimums lower, which can't be bad for the sponsors
|16th July 2013 09:14 AM|
there is another version of the SLW which is the SLW92 and it is 250 cm long. It is to be just as fast, as early a planer and as you mention - just as user friendly
the RS7 is a board i hear little about and cannot find it listed in US not Canada
glad you have shared info on it !!!!!
|16th July 2013 02:00 AM|
|15th July 2013 11:24 PM|
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