Fringe - Surf Wave Three Batten
The Delta (Not so) Quick Review: Jumping on the Fringe for the first time I promised myself to keep an open mind, but hedging my bets I had rigged up one an extra sail just in case the Fringe was not my cup of tea. Well I never touched that other sail, and shortly thereafter had a full quiver of Fringe's in my car with my old sails up for sale. The Fringe had a different "feel" than what I was used to, and on that first day it was this "feel" that kept me going as I wanted to figure out what is was all about.
It took me a couple runs to further dial in the sail tuning-wise, and I realized very small changes in tension made noticeable changes in the feel. Once I got it dialed, I had zeroed in on the Fringe's efficiency as its feature that had me so intrigued. It felt super light in the hands both in static weight and in how I felt it pull against me. I'm sure some, due to the light feel, would call the sail gutless, but with this efficiency I was still planing on this same size sail I would normally rig up, and I was still accelerating to speed just as quickly. The reduced rig weight on the nose of my board also seemed to make it feel more alive and every gust became instant acceleration. In a straight line there was a bit more movement to the sail than I was used to, but after a couple of runs I learned to just kind of let it do it's thing as the movement never lead to anything of concern. Setting the rail to try a little swell ride I felt the Fringe drive more of the rail into the water than I was expecting and the radius of my turn was way tighter than expected. Pretty cool.
Next I went for a loop, and remembering my experience on other experimental sails like the Naish Chopper, I said a quick prayer before take-off. Much to my surprise, when I opened my eyes, the Fringe held it's power all the way around and I was a sailing away fairly clean. Maybe that Stretch Control System really does do something? So after positive results with the basics it was time to try my luck at a few freestyle moves. Spook's, Shove-it's, Flaka's and the like went just fine, so I moved onto my big moves, the Switch Kono and Funnel. The sail ducked well and had enough pop to do everything I wanted. Wait this sail only has three battens! After my positive experience I forced a couple local riders to try this sail as well. I didn't mention the three battens to them and it wasn't until after they came back that I pointed it out. They knew it looked different but they didn't realize it was the battens. These first two locals who tried it also came in the shop within a couple days and bought their own.
With that said I know the sail is not for everyone. To make use of the efficiency, which is it's biggest selling point, you have to be an efficient rider yourself. I'm certainly not a little guy, but I've been likened to something of a Dancing Bear so I feel like I can make it work. Usually smaller riders tend to be the more efficient riders out there and the Fringe has quickly gained a following amongst our local women. It's other limitation to the Fringe, which once again lead to it being best for smaller riders, is that above 5.0 the sail's wind range becomes much smaller than sails with more battens so we only focus on the smaller sizes.
FLEXIBLE LIFT KEEPS YOU INCREDIBLY REACTIVE
The new Fringe is the ultimate sail for easy handling through radical maneuvers. Excellent low end power and flexible lift gets you moving and keeps you loose and incredibly reactive on the water. A large monofilm window provides easy visibility through the sail for choosing your line through the water. Precise Stretch Control 2 in carbon provides excellent stability throughout a very large wind range.
Using a higher volume multifin board allows you to use a smaller sail size overall to maximize control and maneuverability.
Minimalist Surf Wave Sail
The new Fringe is our progressive, minimalist super light, surf wave sail featuring fingertip handling, low end power and high wind control.
- New refined leech outlines provide better high wind control, feel and added maneuverability
- New sizes 5.5 and 5.7 added to the range
- Super light super strong scrim panels
- Woven Dacron luff panel
- 7mil monofilm window
- Carbon Stretch Control 2™
- Titanium clew ring
- Rip Stop™ sleeve
- Molded tack fairing
- Recommended Mast RDM 90, Budget Mast RDM 70
NEW for 2016
• New refined leech outlines provide better high wind control, feel and added maneuverability
• New sizes 5.5 and 5.7 added to the range
• Super light super strong scrim panels
• Woven Dacron luff panel
• 7mil monofilm window
• Carbon Stretch Control 2™
• Titanium clew ring
• Rip Stop™ sleeve
• Molded tack fairing