Naish Boxer (2008)

Ed Davis

Sizes:

3.6, 4.0, 4.4, 4.7, 5.0, 5.4, 5.8, 6.2m.

Mast recommendations:

We only tried the Boxer in 5.4m and on its own mast, so we have no information on how it rigs with other masts. Like the Force and Session it is recommended for use with the relatively stiff-top Firestick masts. With their relatively long boom lengths, big roaches and short luffs, Boxers are extremely compact, short and wide. They generally set on a size smaller (and therefore softer) a mast than comparable sizes in other types of sail.

Set:

It sets very flat on the beach with a little rotation and not too much head twist or shape.

Performance:

The Boxer has a very compact feel and provides plenty of immediate power, with very quick acceleration and good upwind performance. The foil is quite soft and flexible and the centre of effort is quite far back. However, it also feels light when manoeuvring and the power is very easy to turn on and off by playing the back hand. It is not the most stable of sails and does crease cosmetically quite early but it has a very acceptable wind range. The boom cut-out is relatively low for tall sailors but the visibility is good.

We found it not that relaxing for sustained blasting but very good for powering up quickly and getting a lot of action per minute. It is fun to jump and feels good for rotating moves.

Price: 5.0m – £360

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