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Old 14th November 2008, 03:19 PM   #1
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Default light wind 8,5 sail x 135lt

I'm looking for a light wind sail (8,5 more or less) for my 135lt freeride board.
I've found a north r-type and a severne elments 2008 8,5. I want control, light wind power, and easy of usage.
How they are?
It's possible to use my amex 90% 460 mast, with the north extender for the r-type or a normal mast extension (32cm about) to get the 492 luff of the element?
thanks
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Old 24th November 2008, 03:04 AM   #2
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I'm looking for a light wind sail (8,5 more or less) for my 135lt freeride board.
I've found a north r-type and a severne elments 2008 8,5. I want control, light wind power, and easy of usage.
How they are?
It's possible to use my amex 90% 460 mast, with the north extender for the r-type or a normal mast extension (32cm about) to get the 492 luff of the element?
thanks
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Old 24th November 2008, 04:21 AM   #3
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Well I have an element 8.5 08 for my S-Type 137 as a light wind sail.
And I can only recommend it to you (another option would be Glide from Severne...3 cams compared to two, but as the wind gets a bit stronger it is not that easy as element...at very low wind much effective!).

I use an older 470 mast icms 26 and the sail is working really nice, planning realy fast, stable, easy handling, rotates smoothly.

I thing on your amex 460 it should be working...some severne are more lively and faster on softer masts than recommended and so I thing it should be no problem.

Go for it and you will not regret.
Ciao Michal.
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Old 25th November 2008, 02:09 AM   #4
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Well I have an element 8.5 08 for my S-Type 137 as a light wind sail.
And I can only recommend it to you (another option would be Glide from Severne...3 cams compared to two, but as the wind gets a bit stronger it is not that easy as element...at very low wind much effective!).

I use an older 470 mast icms 26 and the sail is working really nice, planning realy fast, stable, easy handling, rotates smoothly.

I thing on your amex 460 it should be working...some severne are more lively and faster on softer masts than recommended and so I thing it should be no problem.

Go for it and you will not regret.
Ciao Michal.
Thanks Michal, in your comparison with Glide, it's not clear to me if you are considering the 7,5 or the 8,5 and witch is more effective in very low wind (element or glide 7,5 or 8,5). What's the wind range you use element 8,5 (hw heavy are you?) and when the wind is stronger what is your next sail?
Last question, any comparison with north r-type 8,5?
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Old 25th November 2008, 02:27 AM   #5
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Default sorry...

for not complete info...

I take it from the back...I really am no North sails type (me personally, only severne).
More efficient in low winds is definetelly Glide (and I compared the same size, it means 8.5).
I weight 95kg (yeah a big boy)! Of course there are days where I could use something bigger (10sqm would be the max for me) but currently it is my biggest one.

About the wind range of element 8.5...I would say from steady 10 knots with some stronger gusts I can get it planning. When plannig the sails is very efficient and when you are calm on the ride it plans through luls nicely.

As the wind gets stronger my next choice is Severne NCX 7.0 (usually with another board...in this case Aero 117).

As for almost every Severne...the mast length for a certain size is a bit smaller and so is boom length (due to a droped clew), the sails feels a bit smaller what makes the ride more comfortable.

PS: S-Type 137, Element 8.5 is one of my favourite combos! Go for it!
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Old 4th October 2010, 03:39 PM   #6
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I`d check out the Ezzy Sails.

I`ve gone down on my sailsize going Ezzy Freeride 4
Two cam 8.3 out and 7.5 Ezzy in.
Very good sail with a superb bottom-end power and Big range!

Send a message to Ezzy and you`ll get the info you need!
Great Sails as well as top customer-sevice!

No more cams for me!
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Old 5th October 2010, 05:45 PM   #7
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Personally I use Maui Sails Pursuit 8.5 with Autima 490/90%
i also am just over 95 kilos and i love this sail
my buddy is slightly taller and heavier and he uses SailWorks Retro 8.5 with a NorthSails 490 which i believe is 75 % carbon - he breaks battens regularily and i do not know if this speaks against the sail or his handling

so both of us are using no-cam 8.5s and as heavy weights are loving them
i do have a 10-oh race sail with 4 cams and it gets me flying in 12 to 18 knots when no other windsurfers seem to be on the water here in Montreal

for most sail companies it seems 8.5 is where they stop with no cams - except SW retro
since i love cams - my next 8.5 will have at least 2 cams
next sail down is an older Gaastra Flow 3X 7.0 with 3 cams that fits on the 490
hope to try this on a older SB Carve 121 that i am buying :-)

seems there are few 8.5s that people are disappointed with ie they all seem to do their job in light winds - people just seem to like or stick with their favorite product line :-)

get one - any one - and you're gonna have fun :-)
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