Jun 9, 2010
Goya FXR 7.5
On the water: The FXR line of freeride sails extends all the way from 3.8 to 9.0 m2 with the smaller models having six battens and this 7.5 m2 and larger having seven. This additional batten increases the stability by helping to lock the shape into the sail. If you’re looking for user-friendly speed then this is a sail for you. It was one of the fastest no-cam sails in the test, with acceleration that maxed out most of our freeride boards. Like other Goya sails we have tested in the past, there is a bit of softness to the feel. This helps increase the low-end power by letting the sail expand quickly once sheeted-in. The only downside is it can become a bit unruly in gusts beyond its wind limit. The softness also makes it one of the smoothest-rotating seven-batten sails we’ve ever ridden. The FXR has the large foot and look of a true freeride sail, but during transitions it pleasantly adopts more of a wavesail feel than sails this fast normally exhibit.
Rigging: It takes a firm yank to get the FXR downhauled to the recommended setting shown by the on-sail guide. You’ll notice the leech loosens up nicely and this is the setting where most will find the best performance. If you own a wider or a less efficient board or are a heavier rider, then decrease the downhaul slightly to raise the draft and increase power. Adding downhaul will increase the wind range slightly but we found ourselves sticking to the recommended medium setting most of the time. Like all Goya sails the FXR is well reinforced and built with a number of small details (like the Dacron head) that go a long way towards making it last for years.
Final word: A smooth and efficient sail to help you go faster than you ever have before.