Jun 9, 2010
Aerotech FreeSpeed 7.2 and 5.8
On the water: The first thing we notice unrolling a 2010 FreeSpeed is a much improved look over last year’s edition. This along with some small improvements to the already awesome onwater performance and you have a fast freeride sail that impresses. It has a light weight feel that is not normally found in a seven-batten all-grid sail, which makes it more fun in transitions than a sail this big should be. Part of the light feel comes from a draft that lowers with a moderate tug on the downhaul and a cut-away clew that makes for a short boom length. A little more shape has been cut into this year’s model adding power and stability to an already efficient sail. The draft is high enough to work on wider boards, but really balances best on speedier shaped boards with slightly narrower tails.
Rigging: The no-cam FreeSpeed comes together easily to get you on the water as quickly as a 7.2 m2 can. The provided rigging specifications are a little vague, so it may take you a couple tweaks before you find your particular sweet spot. Your best guide becomes learning how to read the changes downhauling makes to the sail. As you add tension watch and take note of the looseness in the leech area and how far the first batten above the boom is pulled across your mast. Once at your preferred tension you can use the interactive rig guide at the bottom of the sail to help remember your settings.
Final word: The FreeSpeed is a fast and stable no-cam sail that gets you on the water with as little hassle as possible.