Jun 9, 2010
Sailworks Revolution 5.2
On the water: Sailworks continues to refine a proven performer in the Revolution. The biggest change we notice is a substantially lighter feel over previously tested models. This has been accomplished through design shaping and the use of durable yet lightweight X-ply materials in specific areas of the sail. This lighter feel helps you push your limits and be more aggressive no matter what conditions you’re riding. From flatwater freestyle to down-the-line wavesailing to back-and-forth recreational blasting, this sail performs. The moderately high draft placement will get you planning quickly and there is still all the speed performance that has gained the Revolution its following. This sail has power to get you up and going yet remains controllable, even in overpowered bump-and-jump conditions. For smaller or lighter-weight riders, we found that the draft can be lowered with maximum downhaul, but take care with the amount of outhaul applied, as the foil will already be fairly flat.
Rigging: Like in all Sailworks sails, there is a large tuning range in the Revolution. The on-sail downhaul guide’s recommended setting is the perfect starting place, especially for freestyle or wavesailing. We found ourselves going a little beyond the maximum recommendation for powered-up bump-and-jump conditions. The outhaul is sensitive to small adjustments, so take care when you rig to keep from over outhauling and killing the sail. We loved that Sailworks was able to make the sail lighter without any noticeable loss in durability.
Final word: The Revolution is a tunable all-around wavesail that feels lighter than ever before.