Equipment Testing

Point 7 Sado

 

2012

Point 7 Sado

Point 7 5

Power Delivery

Sail Stiffness

Sail Pull

Pull Position

Top End

Bottom End

Tuning Flex

Untuned Range

manafacturer's claims

“The new Sado 2G combines power and drive to put the rider in complete control. Drive that will propel you towards the lip of the wave, no matter the angle of the wind, making this new development an ideal partner in all conditions.”

The Sado 2G is marketed as a full-on power wave sail with a wide range of use. For 2012 Point-7 have given the Sado a full rework, aimed at improving drive, reducing swing weight and producing a more compact and powerful sail. The Sado sits next to the Swell (more riding orientated) in the Point-7 range.

 

on the beach

Like the 5.3 version we tested last month, the Sado 4.7 is a very distinctive looking sail with its black colour scheme. It sets with an extremely full profile compared with any of the other sails in this group. The battens sit well around the side of the mast and there is a lot of pre-set shape in the sail.

Relative to the rest of this group the Point-7 is a very compact sail, with the shortest boom length in test coupled with the second shortest luff. At 3.86kg it’s at the heavier end of the scale.

As we found with the 5.3, this is a bit of a one-set sail. With the downhaul just less than recommended and a moderate amount of outhaul (to keep the fullness at bay), it has a stable feel and loads of power. However, if you try and downhaul it further for stronger winds and less power, the head becomes too loose and the sail loses its stability. The bottom line is that you need to set this sail full and then be big / strong enough to handle the power.

Sizes: 3.3, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.4, 5.9, 6.4
Tested on: Point-7 C100 370cm 100%
Size tested: 4.7m
Luff: 399cm
Boom: 155cm
Battens: 5 
Weight: 3.86kg
Price: £409

 

on the water

When we tested the 5.3m last month we found its deeper draft, abundance of power and heavier material weight made the Sado more suited to high wind blasting than all-out manoeuvrability on a wave. There is no doubting that this 4.7m version is from the same family, but scaled down in proportion it becomes a more manageable, allround wave sail.

It still has a lot of pre-set shape at the front of the sail, and a powerful feel combined with a very soft power delivery. However, the smaller size makes everything that bit more manageable, and as such the Sado becomes more suitable for real wave use in the smaller sizes.

The bottom end power is very good (jointly the best of the group), and the power is delivered from a relatively balanced and neutral pull point (neither back nor front-handed).

Like the 5.3 version it’s not really a sail that allows you to just crank on extra downhaul tension as the wind increases. It’s best left at its optimum set, and when it gets too powerful simply change down a sail size rather than retuning.

The pre-set shape at the front and extra fullness do still give it a more locked-in, ‘blasty’ feel. So, while it’s definitely a more manageable and manoeuvrable feeling sail than the 5.3 it still leans towards blasting and jumping rather than all-out waveriding agility.

 

overall impression

As we found with the 5.3 tested last month, the 4.7m Sado is a relatively full, powerful sail with a softer, springier feel to it than most and a softer power delivery. As such it still works best as a blasting / jumping orientated sail, but does have a more manoeuvrable and manageable feel to it than its larger siblings, giving it greater all-round appeal for dedicated wave use.