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Simmer Crossover (2008)

13:56 12th May 2010 by Ed Davis
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Sizes: 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.7, 6.2, 6.7, 7.2m.

Mast recommendations: As for Simmer Icon, except that the 5.3 Crossover sets on a stiffer 430 version. We didn’t try the Crossover with other brand masts so have no comments to make about cross-compatibility.

Set: In comparison to the Icon the Crossover sets with much more rotation and much more spring, with a relatively soft and flexible feel.

Performance: We found the Crossover to be much more powerful than the Icon, with more shape and good reliable drive. It is more satisfying for blasting with easier upwind ability. The centre of effort seems perhaps a little higher to get you going but the sail remains very easy to blast and easy to sheet correctly. The foil tension isn’t that taut so the sail retains good response in marginal winds and good flexibility. We found that it did need to be set for conditions and benefits from further tensioning as the wind increases. Set thus it has good stability at top end. The sail allows easy manoeuvring of the board, but the sail itself doesn’t go neutral as easily as the Icon and feels a bit heavier and certainly less direct and immediate when handling.

+ Good power and flexibility and easy blasting

- Not as neutral, direct or ‘forgettable’ in manoeuvres as the Icon

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