Nov 13, 2009
A couple years ago we had the Severne Blade at our destination gear test in Punta San Carlos, Baja and it impressed us as a power wavesail. We were excited to try the 2010 model at the AWSI industry demo in the Gorge to see what’s changed.
According to Severne the weight of the ’10 Blade has been “radically” reduced without any loss in durability through the use of eM3 cloth in the sail’s top. Down-the-line vision has also been improved by using fewer seams in the main body.
The Blade has a light and efficient feel while accelerating and while going through gusts at speed. It has a more solid feel than the Severne S1 (as it should as a power wavesail) and twists off nicely showing impressive range. It is not quite as light in the hands as the S1 but it’s still lighter than most other power wavesails on the market. On some Severne sails (S1 and Mojo) we found the boom to be quite angled requiring some time to get used to, but this is not the case with the Blade as it felt very comfortable right away.
Jibing and Handling:
This year’s Blade has far better de-powering ability than past models and even comes close to that of some pure down-the-line wavesails tested... very impressive for a power wavesail. It feels well balanced on transitions and the slightly reduced clew helps keep in reasonably light. The Blade shows a great mix of power and balance for doing any freestyle moves.
Rigging and tuning:
The Blade rigs up nicely to spec and has a classic look with the leech becoming loose to about half way across the top panel. We didn’t play around much with the tuning as we found that the sail felt remarkably good and had a great range at this setting.
The Blade is an awesome do-everything sail for any type of sailor from the wave guy to freeriders and freestylers. It does everything you can ask to cover a wide wind range and a variety of water conditions. Plus it’s durably built.