Equipment Testing

Simmer iron

 

2011

Simmer iron

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Power Delivery

Sail Stiffness

Sail Pull

Pull Position

Top End

Bottom End

Tuning Flex

Untuned Range

Manufacturer's Claims

“The new Iron has the power and control to be aggressive in all types of conditions. With a lighter top and a narrower top outline, we have gained manoeuvrability and made it lighter in your hands. The Iron’s low aspect ratio makes it our most stable wave sail, with a massive wind range and great control for high wind jumping.”– simmerstyle.com

On the Beach

The Iron is an extremely well presented product. It genuinely looks built to last and you can see that a great deal of thought has gone into every detail of the sail. At 420cm the Iron sports the second shortest luff in test and the second longest boom at 177cm. It sets on a 400cm mast and weighs in at 4.19kg, making it the second heaviest sail in test, but arguably one of the toughest constructions.

The Iron has a reasonable degree of versatility when it comes to settings, although we found it worked best with not too much downhaul. It’s quite critical to match the outhaul to the downhaul setting. Too little and the sail can feel quite back-handed in the gusts, too much and the Iron takes on quite a stiff feel and the bottom end power is reduced.

By nature it’s a powerful sail and sets with quite a lot of shape in the battens, so don’t try and flatten all the power out of it at the top end, as it doesn’t really work that well. If you are worried about the power, either change down earlier or opt for the Icon.

On the water

The Iron is light in the hands, feeling crisp and sharp. It does feel slightly bigger than most of the other sails within this group, particularly around the boom. It pulls slightly on the back hand through the wind range (remaining very stable at the top end), which gives it great low end ‘grunt’ but definitely gives the impression that it’s built for heavier or seriously power-hungry sailors.

It’s a responsive sail in the hands with a relatively sharp power delivery, which makes it a great sail for getting you onto the plane and up to speed as quickly as possible. It scores (jointly) best in test for bottom end power.

There is a bit more spring and feel to the sail than previous years, but the stability remains. Top end is therefore good as the sail is very stable, but it becomes more a question of whether you like having back hand pull when well powered up. Many sails with this characteristic become unstable, but we can assure you that the Iron doesn’t.

The lighter feeling does make it more manoeuvrable than previous models, but compared to the most manoeuvrable sails in test (Severne Blade and Gaastra Matrix) it does still feel a more grunty, but slightly less agile option.

Overall Impression

The Simmer Iron remains a power wave sail in the true sense. It has plenty of power, is stable through the wind range and looks built to survive just about anything. Be sure you need the power though. If you are less than 85kg or have any doubts about your need for power, then we definitely recommend you check out the Icon, which for most sailors will offer a bigger wind range.