14/10/2012 | 3 comments
Seasprite Sports now have their hands on the New Panther Elite which is Ezzy’s first four battened all – round sail and has been developed both extensively and carefully over the last two years before it’s release.
The sail is receiving very high acclaim from customers, shops and rider. Jem Hall, Ezzy brand manager UK, has this to say about the Elite:
‘I received the sails in late July and my first few sessions were in bump n jump conditions and then I really got to know them on my wave clinic in PSC, Baja, and furthermore in Rhodes and during our recent fun filled autumn sessions. I have now used them in flat water, waves and chop and for bump n jump, freestyle and, of course, wave sailing and I found the sails to be very light, have easy power, very stable and the usual massive wind range that you expect from an Ezzy. The power is similar to the Ezzy Tiger yet it is a softer delivery and due to the 4 battens the sail has an on / off switch that you can illicit from sheeting in or out and down to this the sail is quite neutral through gybes, riding and freestyle. I am really enjoying the sails, from 5.7 to 3.7, but the proof of the pudding is that when you hand it so someone to try then they are definitely are too.’
Here is what David Ezzy and his team have to say about the sail.
The All New Ezzy Panther Elite
The 4 batten Panther Elite is the latest addition to the Ezzy Sails line up.
The Panther Elite is the culmination of years of development and it sets a new standard for 4 batten wave sails. David Ezzy didn’t just remove a batten and rush to market with a 4 batten sail like so many other companies. Ezzy decided that he wouldn’t even put a four batten sail in production unless it was better in all aspects over his existing 5 batten wave sails. Of course the Elite feels lighter, but what is amazing is how stable and easy to sail the Panther Elite is. This sail is great in the waves, but the Elite can double as a perfect flat‐water sail too.
The Panther Elite incorporates a new vertical head shaping design that controls twist and doesn’t allow for any leech flutter.
The Elite’s unique batten spacing better addresses the loading and profile demands of a 4 batten sail. After extensive testing David settled upon the magical blueprint. The battens are located higher in the sail to better optimize the sail’s performance.
The Panther Elite is handcrafted with the finest high‐tech materials available. Technora cloth along the leech reduces distortion. Spectra X‐film in the boom area gives great visibility and impact strength. The Color Fusion Tri‐Lite used in the upper sect reduces weight. The tack and foot are protected with high density Spectra X‐ply film.
But what is it all worth if you can’t rig it correctly? David Ezzy has taken all of the guess‐work out of rigging the Panther Elite. The Elite features a new system for gauging downhaul that will blow you away. It’s called “Calibrated Rigging System”. Never before has a sail been so simple to dial in.
And, like all Ezzy Sails, every Panther Elite is rigged and tuned in the Ezzy factory before being shipped.
Available from all Ezzy dealers http://seaspritesports.com/retailers.html