RRD super style

 

2011

RRD super style

Rrd 9

Power Delivery

Sail Stiffness

Sail Pull

Pull Position

Top End

Bottom End

Tuning Flex

Untuned Range

manafacturer's claims

“Based on great success of the 2009 and 2010 versions, the Super Style MKIII has been redesigned with the help of wave specialist John Skye. The new Super Style MKIII is a sail designed to suit most worldwide wavesailing conditions and also excels in freestyle manoeuvres.”– robertoriccidesigns.com

 

on the beach

RRD clearly pride themselves on style, and the aptly named Super Style is no exception, boasting a striking colour scheme and layout that’s extremely distinctive on the water.

The Super Style has a moderate luff length (429cm) coupled with the second shortest boom length in test (172cm). The sail sets with a reasonable amount of rotation in the lower two battens, but not too much pre-set shape in the actual battens themselves, making the sail look fairly flat in comparison to the other ‘power wave sails’ within this group. The Super Style certainly has all the necessary detailing that you would expect on a premium brand sail, and sail weight is middle of the group at 3.82kg.

When it comes to tuning, the RRD has enough versatility to be tuned for lighter and stronger conditions (through downhaul adjustment), but is not as responsive as some to outhaul tuning, where it worked best with a fairly minimal setting to get a bit more softness and power from the sail.

 

on the water

 

The first thing you notice is that the Super Style has a much firmer, stiffer feel compared to the other sails within this group, and also sets a bit flatter. This makes it quite settled in the hands, but you don’t get the same feedback as you do with some of the other sails. At the top end of the wind range this is a good trait. The Super Style remains very stable and holds its shape well, thus scoring (jointly) third best in the group for top end.

At the bottom end of the wind range the stiffer feel and flatter profile make the sail feel less responsive in the hands, and ultimately limit the bottom end power to some degree. The pull position is central, which keeps the power off the back hand when it’s well powered up, which is nice. The stiffer feel does make the sail feel a bit heavier in the hands and a little less agile than the lightest of this group.

Power delivery is moderate. Sheet in and you won’t get pulled off your feet in a sudden surge of power, but you will feel enough response to get you accelerating fairly rapidly. Untuned range is reasonably good in that the sail works through a decent wind range without having to retune.

 

overall impression

The RRD Super Style is a competent wave sail with good allround appeal. It is slightly more traditional in shape with its taller, narrower profile and firmer in feel than the rest of this group. The bottom end can’t quite match the best of these ‘power wave sails’, but the top end is very good.