The Super Style is now into its fourth generation and is targeted as RRD’s allconditions wave and freestyle sail. It sits in the three sail RRD wave range alongside the crossshore orientated Vogue and the 4-batten ‘Four’.
ON THE BEACH
The Italians have a reputation for being doyens of fashion, and with a name like ‘Super Style’ it’s no surprise that this RRD is a very eye-catching sail on the water.
The most noticeable change for 2012 is a shorter luff (now the second shortest on test), which was part of a range of improvements aimed at increasing stability and low-end power. The boom length of 170cm is one of the shortest here too, and a weight of 3.86kg puts it in the middle of the group for weight.
The sail sets with a reasonable amount of rotation in the lower two battens, but not too much pre-set shape in the battens themselves, making the sail look fairly flat in comparison to the other power wave sails within this group.
When it comes to tuning, on the beach the RRD looks like it has enough versatility to be tuned for lighter and stronger conditions (through downhaul adjustment), but on the water you realise that you need to be working towards the maximum downhaul settings to get stability and sufficient release from the head. The Super Style needs to be set with minimal outhaul to get power from it. Even at the top end the sail seemed to work best with neutral outhaul. Make sure you get plenty of batten tension on the lower battens to induce shape and stability.
Sizes: 3.3, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.2, 5.7, 6.2
Tested on: Wave Vogue C100 400cm
Size tested: 5.2m
ON THE WATER
As we found with last year’s sail, one of the first things you notice is that the Super Style has a much firmer, stiffer feel when compared to its peers, and also sets a bit flatter. This gives slightly less feedback than other sails, but a very settled feel.
At the top end of the wind range, this is a good trait. The Super Style remains reasonably stable, light in the hands and holds its shape well, thus scoring very well 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 slightly forward of middle, which helps give it that lighter feel in the hands and aids the top end control. The 2012 Super Style does feel a little lighter and more manoeuvrable in the hands than last year’s version.
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.
The RRD Super Style feels more of an all-rounder than a power wave sail. Against the rest of this group it shines more at the top end of the wind range than at the bottom. It works best with a fair amount of downhaul and low outhaul tension. In the hands, it is quite a ‘rigid’ feeling sail with a slightly forward pull position, making it feel light and fairly agile.