PLANCHEMAG SPECIAL TESTS 2018 / STREAM 6.4
DESIGN: The sail has 6 battens, we tested it with an SDM, it has monofilm in the profile area and is reinforced with x-ply in the leech and top. The profile behind the mast is pronounced and it has a trim mark for the loose leech.
ON THE WATER: The Stream releases a strong propulsion, its profile has much dynamics for a fast acceleration. It is a bit more sporty, a bit more dynamic in handling than its competitors, it has more battens and is stiffer. For less experienced surfers it is a little bit more difficult to use, the rotation with the SDM mast is a bit harder in a tack or jibe, we recommend to use it with an RDM mast to get a bit more softness and handling. Once it is planing, it planes very strongly and plays in the front field in match races, where it can also keep up with camber sails in terms of speed. It is stable and dynamic in acceleration, with a well-functioning twist that makes it easy to keep the sail closed at all times. In addition, there is a very wide range of use that allows you to have fun, even if you are already overpowered. Really amazing, even our race sailors, who are used to race sails, had fun with the stream. The rotation in the jibe on the SDM is hard, the whole thing is a little bit more strenuous than the average of the group. But also a bit more performing. Nevertheless, the whole thing remains lighter, less strenuous and easier/manageable than its sister Rapid and than the majority of camber or 7 batten sails.
CONCLUSION: The stream is simple, sporty and very well balanced to enjoy pure sailing without effort. Without being as light and accessible as some of the group, the RDM mast (smaller diameter) gives you the opportunity to get a little more softness and handling out of the sail.
+: Range, general stability, high performance that can be easily accessed, control, acceleration
-: With the standard diameter mast the rotation is rather hard