Our 2012 freeride sail, introduced this 2012 season in replacement of the acclaimed O2, a sail that was in our range since the early Loft days, was tested in Planchemag’s June issue.
The Oxygen was tested with a medium/highwind Slalom board (just under 100 liters) set up. Its robust construction, a Loft Sails trademark, and easy rigging (with a simple RDM wave mast) are first noticed on the ground.
Once on the water the lightness and easy handling together with an exceptional performance cross and downwind are highlighted, the Oxygen keeps up with cambered racing sails. Without the top acceleration and power of a full cambered sail the Oxygen keeps its stability in GPS measured speeds exceeding the 30 knots, thanks to the stability of the profile (even without cambers) and its RDM mast, capable of absorbing the gusts and rough waters conditions.
The stronger the wind the bigger is the advantage of the Oxygen versus racing sails in terms of easy handling, jibing and comfort. The Oxygen is ideal for high wind slalom, choppy conditions and long distances, or just sailing with friends.
As final conclusions, the Oxygen’s price, construction, easiness, performances, easy rigging are its best arguments, and had the test team cueing up when the conditions increased over the 20 knots and up to 35/45 knots.
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