Simmer Icon (2008)

Ed Davis

Sizes: 3.5, 3.8, 4.1, 4.4, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.6, 5.9, 6.2m.

Manufacturer’s mast recommendations: We used the Icon 5.3 with a Simmer SC RD 90% mast which unfortunately we didn’t get to measure. However, by comparing the set of the sail with other masts we had measured it looks as though the Simmer mast has a very average bend curve, which would tie in with our findings for the 460 SC 75%. The 5.3 Icon was the only size we tried in the range, and it is designed around a 400 mast.

Our mast recommendations: The Icon sets fine with its own mast, setting relatively flat without a great deal of rotation or twist. We found it also set well with more flex-top masts which give more shape, twist and rotation, but found that it became a bit too soft and shapeless with more stiff-top masts.

Set: We found the Icon to have a good range from one basic setting with only minimal further adjustment necessary or desirable. Too much down or outhaul can over-flatten it and kill response, while too little leaves it feeling rather unstable. However, the correct set is straightforward to find. We found its best set to be quite flat setting with rotation in batten 2 only and displaying limited spring. There is pre-set shape in batten 1 (foot) and a bit in batten 2.

Performance: The Icon feels extremely light and small for its size. It goes neutral extremely easily and is one of the most flicky and manageable of wave sails for manoeuvring. It is very comfortable and easy underway, allowing a very upright and ready to manoeuvre stance. However, it isn’t the most powerful of sails (the Crossover has a more reliable pull) and requires some attention to sheeting and sailing angles to get the best out of it. Overall we found it a really nice sail to use in nice conditions. It’s perfect for not overpowering a small waveboard, leaving you free to manoeuvre or perhaps for freestyle use. Applicable for riders of all abilities, but better suited to light to medium weights or those more sensitive and attuned to lower power levels.

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