“The Freeride has a huge wind range which means you don’t need as many sails. Light and balanced. The deep, draft forward profile of the Freeride doesn’t load your back arm when powered, giving the Freeride a very light feel on the water...” – ezzy.com
on the beach
The Ezzy is a cool looking sail in its striking lime green colour scheme. The sail planshape is quite tall (hence one of the longest luff lengths), yet the hollowed leech makes the sail look quite narrow and distinctive. It’s the only seven-batten sail in this group and the extra batten is used below the boom.
For many freeriders tuning their sails can be a big challenge, but with the Ezzy you have a handy unique visual trim system that indicates exactly how much outhaul to apply to match the desired downhaul setting. For downhaul there are three coloured power sets on the leech, and for outhaul there are three corresponding coloured cords at the clew. All you do is match the leech mark colour with the coloured clew cord, then outhaul your sail to the end of your boom. The Freeride sets with a lot of fullness right at the front of the sail and requires a little more outhaul than most sails.
The construction and use of materials in the sail looks second to none. A whole host of exotic materials are featured, such as Technora, Spectra and Tri-Lite. It’s fair to say that the construction looks as bulletproof as any here, but the sail does pay a slight and inevitable penalty when it comes to weight.
on the water
The Ezzy is a bit like driving a car with soft suspension. It’s supremely comfortable and absorbs every gust and lump of chop you encounter in a way that none of the other sails (except maybe the Tushingham) come close to managing. However, the Ezzy lacks the sharpness of response and feedback in the hands that more active sails such as the Pryde (most active sail in the test) offer. Which type of sail suits you best is down to personal preference alone, but if softness of power delivery and comfort is top of your priority list, the Ezzy tops the table.
At the bottom end the Ezzy has an abundance of pulling power that helps lift you onto the plane as quickly and easily as any sails here. At the top end the sail is very stable, but the springiness almost feels like the sail is fitted with a pressure release valve. When a gust hits you can feel the sail release and the power is absorbed without fuss. This results in a bit less acceleration in the gusts, which ultimately limits the top speed but does give you a very smooth sail.
The Ezzy doesn’t feel heavy in the hands, but it does have a continuous pull to it, whereas some of the other sails get lighter in your hands as you gain more speed. Despite this it’s a very forward pulling sail that keeps everything very light on your back hand and helps keep the board locked down to the water at speed. It’s also a pull that allows a lot of tolerance of sheeting angle – it’s not an on/off sail, which will be appreciated particularly by those still working on blasting stance and trim, etc.
In manoeuvres the rotation is soft, but the extra fullness does make the rotation more noticeable than some and the sail slightly heavier in the hands.
The Ezzy is notable for its great build quality, soft, forgiving power delivery and excellent bottom end power. It is a very easy going sail with a unique feel, pulling from well forward and with quite a springy nature. It is ever so slightly heavier in the hands, but the trade up is longevity of construction.