PLANCHEMAG SPECIAL TESTS 2017 / STREAM 6.4 2017
SLALOM MADE EASIER
With five battens for the 4.7 and 5.5m2. and six for the 6.0m2 model, the Stream has a racier design than its rivals, copied from Freeride sports sails. Namely, a pronounced sail depth at the front and a large leech opening.
ON THE WATER: The Stream is more sporty, a little bit less user-friendly than its competition for the less experienced rider. The reason ? It has a less natural profile rotation around the large diameter mast in a waterstart or gybe and the power is more elusive on the back hand in the take-off phase and when when trying to keep planing when the wind is light. It is more at ease in a steady wind, outperforming its competitors in this group in speed, stability and control. It's both lighter and easier to get out of the water than a Gun Rapid with seven battens or for gybing at a very high level. Very balanced, with light pressure on the back hand you can go for hours without tiring or pushing too hard when you run into strong wind. It is an evolutionary sail that you can push further and harder during sessions, thanks to its ability to sail overpowered, flying over the water. For the lightest body weights and those looking for crosswind speed with the minimum of stress, the Stream is a good choice. And if you are a bit nervous about the profile rotation being a bit more brutal and drier than the other sails when gybing, this can be cured by fitting a small diameter RDM mast, which will accentuate the board's lightness and freedom of movement.
SUMMARY: More at ease when let off the leash, going full throttle in a steady crosswind, hunting down the squalls on a confined body of water, the Stream excels as the wind pushes harder on boards and glides well. Its balance and control make it possible to sail for hours without too much exertion.
+: Price, construction, stability, predictable medium and high speed performance, control.
- : A drier profile rotation with an SDM mast, slight lack of power in light winds.