GUNSAILS | Test report Torro Freemove Windsurf Sail Windsurfing Jahrbuch 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.


GUNSAILS | Test Report Torro Freemove Windsurf Sail Planchemag 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.
-: Nothing to report


GUNSAILS | Test Report Torro Freemove Windsurf Sail Wind Mag 2019

A TRUE FUNBOARD SAIL "Choix des testeur"

DESIGN: The panel layout of the Torro has been slightly refined. The area of the Square-Ply cloth in the sail top, soft, light and interlaced with threads, has been enlarged. The rest of the sail, 75% in total, consists of robust X-Ply, with the yarn density changing according to the risk areas.

ON THE WATER: Like all GUNSAILS, the Torro is a "turnkey" sail, which is ideally adjusted if you follow the trim mark during rigging. With the enlargement of the square-ply in the upper area, the Torro seems lighter than in 2018. So what you feel in your hands is also true on the scales. The upper sail area, which wasn't very noticeable before in terms of weight, is now even more discrete. With its 178 cm boom length, the Torro is also not bulky, with its measures it lies exactly in the average of the test group. The sail starts efficiently without pulling too hard in the arms. After that you plane totally easy with a rigg, which feels rather stable. With this rig you are really at the core of the discipline, a skilful mix of sail tension and freedom of movement. With the Torro you can go straight with good speed and if you want to do a jibe or surf a wave, the Torro also offers you this kind of play and won't stop you. In pure wave riding, the sail is not the most neutral, but it performs well. Above all, it is versatile, the 5.7 GUNSAILS scores points in strong winds because it benefits from its good attitude. With the Torro in your hands, you spend your afternoon alternating between straight lines, jumps and wave rides.

CONCLUSION: With the Torro the discipline Funboard is ennobled again, here you get a sail with which you have fun in all conditions. Simply put your feet into the foot straps and off you go, then it is easy to handle and carefree. GUNSAILS fulfills this requirement specification with a rig, which is stable on the straight as well as being gentle in manoeuvres, where you have to slow down the performance.

+: Versatile, Performance, Speed, Simplicity, Price
-: Nothing