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ZOOM

No Cam Freeride Sail
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NO CAM FREERIDE SAIL

The ZOOM offers you everything you need for your next freeride session: uncomplicated setup, direct planing, effortless acceleration and unforgettable jibing pleasure. The camberless freerider is optimally balanced for any wind range and thus absolutely versatile. This plug&play sail stands for uncomplicated windsurfing.

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KEY FACTS:
> Modern, camberless freeride sail for all skill levels
> Adaptive batten concept from small to big
> Easy to set up and easy to handle
> X-Ply frame for durability, 50% Square-Ply up to 5.6 sqm for more durability (RE-ZOOM all sizes with 50% Square-       Ply)
> RDM recommendation up to 7.7 sqm / all sizes SDM compatible
> Ideal for intermediate, freeride and crossover boards

The ZOOM comes in nine different sizes specifically designed for wind and water conditions: From 4.7 to 5.6 square meters, the sails bring more agility, stability and safety thanks to their 5-batten design and a 50% X-Ply content. As an update, sail designer Renato Morlotti has shifted the draft point a bit further forward on these sizes and slightly reduced the cloth tension. For you, this means a softer, lighter sail feel and improved control.
From 6.0 to 6.9 sqm the ZOOM convinces with its classic 6-batten freeride design and scores with effortless handling. The sails from 7.2 sqm are designed in a cross-batten concept for more profile stability and control of the larger sail area. All sizes shine with fascinating performance and an absolutely stable draft point, making it easy for beginners and intermediates to gain their first planing experience. The ZOOM also has a sporty character, its lively drive and well controllable performance are not to be underestimated. Thanks to its energy saving behavior, the sail is easy to handle even at high speeds.
So what are you waiting for? ZOOM into your next windsurfing adventure!

RE-ZOOM

Within the last season we introduced the world's first windsurf sail made of recycled material, the RE-SEAL. Our journey to sustainability goes on and we continue to RE-THINK. To further reduce the carbon footprint of our sail collection we have added the RE-TORRO and the RE-ZOOM as recycled models to our range. The RE-ZOOM is made of up to 50% polyester film from recycled PET bottles, depending on the size. By switching to recycled material, each square meter contains about 10 recycled PET bottles, saving an additional 400 g of CO2 per m² in material production. In terms of design, features and performance the RE-ZOOM is identic with the ZOOM and does also live up to the well-known Gunsails quality promise.

RE-THINK – our journey to sustainability

TECH SPECS

Size
Boom
cm
Luff
cm
Battens/
Tubes
Top IMCS Best Mast Mast
cm
Mast
Ø
4.8 160 405 5/0 vario 18-20 Cross/Expert/Select 400 RDM/SDM
5.2 169 422 5/0 vario 18-20 Cross/Expert/Select 400 RDM/SDM
5.6 176 441 5/1 fix 20-22 Cross/Expert/Select 430 RDM/SDM
6.0 181 446 6/2 fix 20-22 Cross/Expert/Select 430 RDM/SDM
6.4 189 450 6/3 fix 20-22 Cross/Expert/Select 430 RDM/SDM
6.9 194 455 6/3 fix 20-22 Cross/Expert/Select 430 RDM/SDM
7.2 199 469 6/5 fix 24-26 Cross/Expert/Select 460 SDM/RDM
7.7 208 484 6/5 fix 24-26 Cross/Expert/Select 460 SDM/RDM
8.2 215 497 6/5 fix 28-30 Cross/Expert/Select 490 SDM

SAIL TECH

A GUNSAILS windsurf sail is a combination of selected and high-quality materials, combined with years of experience and construction knowhow. Sail designer Renato Morlotti is responsible for the performance and quality of the sails. In his working environment he has optimised everything down to the smallest detail. Every piece of material in the sail is continuously improved in terms of durability and weight savings. Only a closer look reveals the quality, good manufacturing and durability of a GUNSAILS sail.

SAIL FEATURES

To ensure the functionality, easy handling and durability of our products, we have developed various features over the years and established them as our standard. The dedication and precision of our sail designer Renato Morlotti are once again evident in the individual details. An important factor that makes our quality possible and distinguishes us from other sail brands.

TEST REPORTS

Test reports windsurfing sails

WINDSURF UK // ZOOM 7.7

THE LOWDOWN: The ZOOM is impressively easy to rig, not requiring brute strength to apply the downhaul to the recommended setting indicated on the top panel with the GUNSAILS FRED mark. The correct luff and boom lengths are precisely located and presented in a simple form to guide you. When rigged and standing back from the ZOOM, it boasts a classic GUNSAILS appearance with shades of blue and red accents making it standout. An obvious draft is ready to open up with a clear overlap of the lower battens and the mast, along with a large clear window, which ensures the rider is aware of their surroundings at all times. The ZOOM is packed full of neat details to maintain its user-friendly nature, while still delivering excellent performance. Cross batten technology from the second batten up stabilises the centre of effort in the rig, while also protecting the sail as it rubs against the mast during pumping and riding. Additionally, a reduced boom length helps keep the ZOOM manageable through manoeuvres and in general sailing too. The makeup of the ZOOM is relatively simple, with X-Ply being used in harder-wearing areas such as the foot, leech and the luff to prolong its life, while also providing extra stability. The rest of the sail is made up of lighter monofilm to help reduce the weight and improve usability for the rider. The ZOOM appears to be a sail that suits the vast majority of people and is even available in the RE-ZOOM, which is the same design and shape, but made from recycled materials, which is another nice touch of eco-friendly development by GUNSAILS.

PERFORMANCE: As with previous GUNSAILS we have tested, the ZOOM offers exceptionally gentle and smooth power delivery, with power that’s easy to find as and when it is required, while it stays neutral in the hands. The nature of the ZOOM gives you the time to squeeze on the power at a pace that suits you, as the belly of the sail gradually inflates, allowing you to get settled before easing your way into the straps. Sheeting in and fully committed, the ZOOM remains stable, granting the rider permission to extend away from the rig into an efficient stance, while driving the board as hard and as fast as you want. The ZOOM glides through the lulls with ease and you can access a bit of extra power by squeezing on the backhand. As your confidence grows this is an asset that can be used through both the lulls and the gusts as you increase your commitment to the ZOOM to eke out an even higher top speed. In general, the ZOOM remains stable, while naturally tuning itself on the fly, meaning that it doesn’t require vast alterations to your stance to get the most out of the sail. The ZOOM rotates with ease through the transitions and as long as you enter the gybe well powered the rig will remain light and easy to manoeuvre. In the event that you find yourself gybing through a lull, then you can take advantage of the ZOOM’s pumpability, as it efficiently twists off uniformly, to provide you with a bit of extra power to get you promptly back up to speed. The ZOOM is a wonderful sail, it’s incredibly user-friendly, yet it remains capable of going through the gears as required.

THE VERDICT: Offering impressive ease of use and rigging, the ZOOM offers comfortable and effortless freeriding fun. Capable of being pushed that little extra, to offer fast, free and uncomplicated enjoyment on the water, the ZOOM was a real standout in the no cam freeride category and perfect for the weekend warrior.

Test reports windsurfing sails

SURF MAGAZIN // ZOOM 6.4

Zoom 6.4 on Gunsails Expert RDM 430

The Zoom follows Gun's typical trim concept: the luff is set after the trim mark, which gives the sail a lot of loose in the leech - the clew is then only loosely to lightly tensioned. This makes for a moderately more backward center of pressure with a slight emphasis on the back hand on the boom, and very good acceleration after planing. Fear of too much tension on the back hand - the sail is backhanded - is not necessary at any time.

The very good controllability is permanently built into the sail with proper luff tension, a stable batten frame and plenty of looseness. You have to be careful not to kill the planing performance with too well-intentioned tension on the clew. In the right trim, the sail gives the board a lot of lift, the back hand operates the gas pedal and offers the full freeride program between leisurely cruising and sporty let-fly-on-the-fins. For full performance, a bit of body tension is no disadvantage, the sail always seems light and manageable, but also not stable as if cemented. This requires some steering on the boom, but also makes you want to maneuver.

It pulls well into the gybe, the rotation is slightly noticeable and a bit audible from the battens.

+ Price, control, acceleration, speed
o nothing
 nothing

Test reports windsurfing sails

WIND SPÉCIAL TEST // ZOOM 6.4

DESIGN: The design of the Zoom is simple with a narrow mast sleeve, little area under the clew and a short boom. 6 battens, including 3 tube battens, stabilize the Gunsails, which is designed for an RDM mast up to 7.7 m2 and is SDM compatible. It is also available as RE-Zoom, made from recycled plastic bottles.

ON THE WATER: The Zoom is very easy to use right from the start. It starts with the easy rigging and accurate adjustment guide for a straightforward session. The Gunsails has a supple leech with a loose cloth that is very smooth despite the well tensioned luff. The fairly straight cut from the base of the mast to the clew makes the sail easy to handle. With only 188 cm boom length, which is handy for lifting the sail with the uphaul, the Zoom appears smaller than it is. Compared to the larger and more powerful engines, the 6.4 has a small launching deficit in light winds. Pumping is dynamic with tight feedback. The rest is easy, the sail feels well behaved and unremarkable in the hand, aided by the slim mast diameter. The profile is distributed over the entire width. The acceleration is noticeable and gives a feeling of freedom, but it does not scare the rider. The Gunsails has a wide wind range and can be held very long without losing face. The short boom and the low pressure in the hand make the jibe easy to control.

CONCLUSION: The Zoom is easy to sail in every way without having to reach an expert level, but it appeals to a wide range of surfers. The comfort that comes from the overall lightness makes the Gunsails the heart of the freeride group due to its accessibility and tolerant behavior. Plug & play, little physical and discreet in the hand, this model will not disappoint you in your long blasts in absolute relaxation, and at a top price.

+ Easy trim, Pleasant handling, Tolerance, Wind range, Price.
 Slight deficits in light winds.

Test reports windsurfing sails

PLANCHEMAG / SPÉCIAL TESTS // ZOOM 6.4

The Auto Pilot

This 6.4 is more narrow in the top and shorter on the boom than its competitors. It has a sporty cut with a nice profile behind the mast and a large loose leech. Reinforced with X-Ply in the top and on the edges.

ON THE WATER: One of the lightest and easiest sails to pull out of the water with a short boom and a 100% RDM mast, the Zoom produces a stable forward pull in take-off with honest acceleration without being as "exuberant" as others. The pull on the back hand is more discreet, as if you had 6 m², which allows you to ride more smoothly and less powerfully over long half-wind runs, thanks to a loose leech that allows you to always stay close-hauled. The base speed, without power, is then surprisingly high, with a pressure point stuck in front. So the profile remains stable even in gusts, with just a touch less resources, power and explosiveness when accelerating and/or holding than the best. This is perfect for getting through wind holes, for example, or getting back into freerace/slalom mode fully powered up. You just have to tighten up the leech tension a bit in the upper wind range to compensate for the RDM mast's slightly more pronounced rear hand.
For freeriding, even sporty sailing, the performance is quite sufficient, with a bonus of lightness and maneuverability in waterstart and gybe. The short boom and discreet rear hand make it a bit more unremarkable than average in the gybe - an advantage for those lacking experience - and amplifies the fun for others.

CONCLUSION: Easily accessible, light and free with less backhand, the Zoom is a very well-balanced freeride sail that allows you to both entry surfing or full gas. You benefit from a nice range of use and perfomance, with fewer limitations and less physical commitment.

Easy/easy access, speed to maneuverability ratio, stability, non-strenuous performance, entry and ascent, price.
 More limited peak performance for slalom riding no cam.

Test reports windsurfing sails

WIND NEWS IT // RE-ZOOM 6.9

Launched in 2021, GunSails' Zoom freeride sail will be joined this season by the Re-Zoom version, made from recycled materials already used in the GunSails range, including for the Re-Seal and Re-Torro, to further reduce the carbon footprint of the 2023 sail collection. The Re-Zoom, like its other two *recycled* sisters, is made of 50% polyester film from recycled PET bottles (each square meter contains about 10 recycled PET bottles, saving an additional 400 g of CO2 per sqm during material production).

As for the shape, the "recycled" version is identical to the Zoom: in our test, the choice was the Re-Zoom 6.9, which adopts the six-batten design of the medium sizes. The entire line, with the exception of the 8.2, which requires the SDM mast, can be equipped with both RDM and SDM masts. For the test of the Re-Zoom 6.9, we chose to combine it with the Reptile Fibra 100 rdm 430/21, also in view of the extreme versatility (of this easy to use, but also easy to rig sail)! Trimming is, as you would expect from a sail of this type, simple, fast and intuitive: in no time at all you are ready to head out to sea with this Freeride 6.9 no cam. We had already tested the Zoom in previous years in the 5.6/7.2 sizes and expected that the Re-Zoom would confirm the good impressions gained then. To be honest, in our opinion, this sail not only confirmed them, but even "improved" them! As with the Re-Seal, the Re-Zoom is more elastic and softer thanks to the "recycled" construction materials, and compared to the Zoom 7.2, which uses cross-batton.... it responds better to pumping in the planing phase. In fact, the sail responds very well to pumping and planes with great ease in light winds.... a capability that less experienced pilots will certainly appreciate in thermals. But even those who normally use freeride sails with two camber can't help but appreciate the acceleration of this sail, which is not that far from sails of the higher performance class. The Re-Zoom accelerates instantly, and although the top speed is certainly not that of a camber sail, everything is so easy that it becomes a pleasure to ride.

Although it is more "elastic", it remains well balanced and control is always easy and intuitive, even when the wind picks up strongly. Add to that the fact that the Re-Zoom is much easier to maneuver than a camber sail due to its relatively short boom and light weight, and you can see why, after trying it out, I'm definitely thinking about "replacing" my "old" 7.0 with two cambers! A really user friendly freeride sail.... light, versatile, easy to rig and handle; light in the arms and all in all pretty fast, stable and fun, proving to be an ideal engine for less experienced or less 'physically fit' surfers (and considering my venerable age...) who want to plane and have fun without too many complications and too much hassle!

+ Easy trimming and riding, stability, accessibility/performance, lightness, control in strong winds, quality/price.
- too easy for sporty surfers

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