WINDSURFING JAHRBUCH 2019 / TORRO 6.0 2019
ON THE BEACH: The Torro has earned itself an enviable reputation as a balanced all-round sail in recent years. Our tests in recent years have shown that the Torro always works well on freeride to wave boards and in the right conditions. For 2019 the Torro has been revised in some details. The tube batten over the boom has disappeared as well as superfluous sail seams in this area. These now run - as with Gun's wave sails - from the clew to the upper mast pocket to stabilize the profile and sail twist. Positive side effect: The Torro is over 200 grams lighter than last year and all that without saving on the numerous reinforcements! For all those who like a more direct sailing feeling and use the Torro mainly in shallow water, Gun also offers the slightly cheaper Torro FR with monofilm instead of X-Ply in the main window in sizes over 5.3 this year.
ON THE WATER: Spectacular, wild, exotic and completely uncompromising! Sometimes we need superlatives and wild language buildings to describe the partly daring products. This sail is such a balanced, versatile and customer-friendly product that in the long run it blurs the categories of short-term attention into a memory of banal superficiality. Now, let's put an end to this philosophy and get on the water. Although the Torro is not particularly light, it is incredibly balanced in the hand. When planing, the harmonious profile and the Dacron luff form a well-balanced unit that provides gentle propulsion. Even without the tube batten over the boom, the Torro doesn't feel spongy, but pleasant and direct and reacts without delay to the rider's impulses. The Torro's driving stability is exemplary in a group comparison. It does not ride like a small freeride sail, but compared to the wave-oriented profiles of Morpho Sails or Sailloft it offers a more stable riz position. The Torro retains this stability over a very large wind range and the flexible top twists effectively even in very strong gusts. If you plan to use the Torro for the wave, you can't raise your expectations for radical cutbacks and there are also more agile rigs for freestyling, but the forgiving features help climbers with their first frontside turns. The Torro does everything.
CONCLUSION: The proverbial "safe bench" seems to be carved from the same wood as the Torro, because with this rig windsurfing is simply fun. There are better products for certain areas, but when it comes to versatility, the Torro is excellent - and there are no weaknesses.
PLANCHEMAG SPECIAL TEST 2019 / TORRO 5.7 2019
The most "wave-style" of the group
The Torro is 75% X-Ply sail, with narrower and lighter meshes in the top area, the sail has a relatively stretched outline with a reasonable boom length. It is also available with a monofilm window in the FR version.
ON THE WATER: The Torro is light in the hand; if you decrease a bit the tension on the clew , it brings extra pull to the front and on the backhand and you can also get a lot of power in light winds. It's one of the most balanced and stable sails, offering a good mixture of performance and handling, with one of the most durable workmanship in the group. The clew tension also offers a certain amount of play to adjust the profile to more or less depending on conditions and the desired sailing feel. It has a loose leech that works well and a certain reluctance to pull on the rear hand: so it works all by itself in the autopilot mode in windy conditions. One of the Torro's qualities is that in onshore conditions it is the most suitable sail for waves in the group, whether in manoeuvres or down the line: it is the sail with the most OFF in the wave, the sail that is most likely to become invisible. It should also be noted that in strong winds it is less unstable than others, you just need to take some pull from the backhand to let it plane in autopilot mode. You only have a little less drive at the end of a manoeuvre than with others. When the water gets rough, you enjoy a touch of softness that allows you to continue surfing comfortably and calmly.
CONCLUSION: This robust all-wheel sail harmoniously combines stability and freedom to adapt to the current conditions; it is powerful and fast on shallow water and light and playful in the waves. A sail that can be perfectly combined with Freewave/Freemove boards.
+: Range of use, solid workmanship, lightness, stability/handling ratio, wave, price.
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