Naish All Terrain 95 (2008)

Ed Davis

The All Terrain is a brand new three-board range, billed to provide; “excellent performance in everything from absolute flat water to wavesailing.” It’s available in three sizes of which this 95 is the smallest (alongside a 104 and 115L). The 95 is a very similar width to most of the boards on test here but with a narrower tail and lower volume did feel marginally the smallest on test.

On the water:

Partly due to its smaller size but also largely down to its design, the All-Terrain is more agile and wavy in performance than most. Early planing suffers a bit but this is really only by contrast to slightly wider-tailed boards which do plane very early, and will only be significant with bigger sails (circa 6.0m and bigger). In common with most of the freemoves it’s quick and easy in a straight line, feeling quite attached and carvy rather than buoyant and poppy which translates into good control at high speeds and security in fast turns and chop. Its size, tail and rocker make it very suitable for bump-&-jump sailing and coastal or small wave sailing in general. For freestyle it is very capable but more suited to higher winds or sub-70kg sailors.

Fittings:

The All Terrain comes with two Powerbox fins which give good range. The 28cm is a very good all-round fin anyway and will probably be the fin of choice for 5.7-6.5m weather, while the smaller 25cm adds versatility for stronger winds or wavesailing. Sail sizes Best suited to 5.2-6.5m though quite capable with smaller sails as well. (Naish quote its sail range as 3.7-6.0m which seems as unfair to its moderate wind capabilities as it is optimistic of its strong wind ones.) Popularity It’s a long time since Naish have had such a promising board in this sector of the market, and it was well liked by all.

Overall:

With its low volume and narrow tail the All-Terrain 95 is a more high wind oriented board than most in this line-up, displaying a responsive and direct feel. It’s good fun to blast around on with 6.0-6.5m sails, showing good speed and comfort and very acceptable early planing, but it really comes into its own for bump-&-jump sailing and slightly stronger winds where its agility and control come to the fore. It’s verywell suited as either a small board for intermediate or occasional sailors or amedium wind all-rounder / freestyle-wave board for advanced medium to heavyweight sailors.

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