SURF MAGAZIN 03-2019 / STREAM 6.0 2019
With the short boom and the rather flat battens without wind wind pressure, a tight profile and lots of loose leech, the GUNSAILS appears very compact and handy - in low wind conditions, in full glide and in manoeuvres. As it is one of the smaller sails in the group, it doesn't pull the biggest fish from the plate in a gliding battle, but still pushes forward properly and accelerates very well in gusts from cruising speed to top speed. It also reacts well to being pumped, even if it doesn't build up as much pull on the rear hand as the most powerful sails and the board doesn't lift as vehemently on the fin. The performance is balanced across the entire wind range with no significant strengths or weaknesses. This pleasant characteristic is refined by an extremely agile maneuver handling, which tempts not only jibe variants but also duck jibes or 360s. The Stream transforms into a maneuver oriented freeride sail with easy handling and driving feel, which stands for more sensitive, easy freeriding than powerful racing. Always light and agile rather than locked and just stable, the sail flirts with the freemove group and fits to smaller freemove boards, in doubt even with thruster set-up. The combination of performance, control and manoeuvrability probably convinces most freeriders - except for the Race-Type-Brachialis.
CONCLUSION: Conclusion: A very easy handling sail for freeriders with a preference for light, agile sails and more maneuver options than just the power jibe.
+ Maneuvers, Control, Lightness
o Rather agile than stable
- in the top rather economically dimensioned monofilm
WINDSURFING JAHRBUCH 2019 / STREAM 6.9 2019
ON THE BEACH: We already tested the stream a few years ago. For 2019 it became even more compact and with only 4,37kg it is one of the lighter sails in the test. With a luff length of only 457 centimeters, it is the only sail in the group that can be rigged on a 430 mast without overlong extensions. We even used an RDM for our purposes. This makes the Stream especially interesting for surfers who don't want to sail larger sails and don't want to buy an extra 460 mast or are looking for a particularly light rig. Because of the boom length of only 193 centimeters, the popular standard size of 1.5 to 2 meters can still be used, especially for lighter surfers! Most of the sail area is therefore above the boom in the wide leech. The sail is sufficiently reinforced with X-Ply in the lower leech and with monofilm. Despite RDM you should give the sail plenty of loose leech and the trimming forces are moderate.
ON THE WATER: Who rigged the crossover sail? We urgently need a new test team. Or not at all? No, there is really almost 7 meters written on the sail. But the stream not only looks a bit smaller than the rest of the group, it also feels smaller at first. However, this doesn't mean that you can get up to speed much later with the gun sail. Even active pumping processes the Stream without punishing every single false load. The soft profile breathes deeply and the high pressure point produces good propulsion. This transmission of power is rather untypical for this group and leads to a much more upright rig position. This fits less well to really fast freeraceboards and much better on real freeride or crossover boards. We were positively surprised by the stream with increasing wind, instead of sending the pressure point on the boards, it keeps it in place even in strong gusts and twists effectively. During manoeuvres, no sail in this group can outdo the stream in the slightest. The short boom invites to sporty jibes and sail tricks.
CONCLUSION: The stream is completely right in this group and shows that freeriding can also work without performance madness. It also shows that gun sails are many things, but not laconically cumbersome. The Stream is particularly attractive as the largest sail in the range and still works excellently on smaller boards.