Gaastra Hybrid är det ultimata allroundseglet. Ett högpresterande segel som du har roligt med oavsett förhållanden.
Gaastra hybrid är ett segel för dig som söker ett segel från en serie som matchar alla förhållanden oavsett om det är lättare vindar – freeride eller vågor och starka vindar så presterar Hybrid mycket bra med ett bra vindregister. Detta seglet är det mest lättriggade seglet från Gaastra och det riggas enkelt på det flesta master. Mindre storlekar är anpassade för manöver och vågor och större för prestanda.
Everybody looking for sails from one matching range for all conditions will admire the Hybrid. Whether its high wind and waves or light wind freeriding, the Hybrid guarantees great fun with a huge wind range.
The Hybrid was introduced with a bang last year! Three sail lines within one range made it the most complete range on the market. Every size is specifically developed for the respective purpose of use with each size changing in design for the appropriate wind and sea conditions.
No matter where you want to take it, the Hybrid will definitely feel at home!
The smaller sized Hybrids from 3.7 to 4.7 act as power wave sails with great control, early planing and maneuverability for windy days with rolling waves. A four batten design with a full metallic X-Ply window and fiberglass battens provide impressive performance and durability.
From 5.2 to 6.4 the Hybrid progresses into a classic 5-batten bump & jump profile, offering great speed, stability and power. These mid-range sizes are the perfect choice for when conditions start to become a little less consistent. Glass and tube battens in the sail center produce a perfect profile for stability and performance, when conditions start getting a little bit tougher with the metallic X-Ply window protecting the Hybrid from damages and making it extremely durable.
In the largest sizes from 6.7 to 8.2, the full 6-batten freeride profile provides speed and performance to be the fastest out there. A combination of tube and glass battens and the full profile maximize freeride power for early and fast planing, even on the lighter days.
The Hybrid was updated with the brand-new parallel batten concept and changed shape parameters in the seams, giving more smoothness and top-end to this powerful sail range. New batten specs in the bigger sizes lower the backhand pressure in overpowered conditions.
With the Hybrid 2020 you can invest in a minimum number of sails, but still maximize your time and performance on the water. A complete line from 3.7 to 8.2 makes it perfectly suited for any kind of conditions.
GA SAILS HYBRID 6.2M TEST REVIEW
The Hybrid is an all-new sail design more all-round in application in the process. Available in both standard (as tested here) and full x-ply HD construction, it is available in eight sizes, from 3.7m to 7.4m, and as with all sails in the GA range it is recommended for use with constant curve masts. With the addition of the brand’s ‘posi-leech system’ and dynamic boom cutout (in effect, a large step in the leech outline at the main batten above the boom), the Hybrid is said to have a reduced head area yet more shape to its profile high up, improving both power and agility. Well finished with all the attention to detail you would expect from the GA loft (such as abrasion pads in vulnerable areas and a full moulded tack fairing), it was tested here on a Gaastra 75% RDM mast.
“The Hybrid is the go to sail for anyone looking to get their first rig or expand their first quiver. The forgiving luff makes it compatible with both SDM and RDM masts of various carbon contents without impacting performance. It’s a simple sail that lets you focus on what’s really important: water time!”
Rigging with a moderate amount of luff curve, the Hybrid sets flat at rest, the leech loose down to the main batten above the boom, whilst the batten itself retains the slightest rotation around the mast. It translates to a light and neutral feeling at idle, feeling smaller than its quoted size in the hands. As pressure builds the Hybrid nonetheless
develops a reasonable amount of bottom end drive, the Dacron luff panel breathing and enabling the sail to adopt a deeper profile. The centre of effort is forwards, yet relatively high in the draft, encouraging the rider into an upright and relaxed stance. The high cut foot and moderate to high clew eyelet position furthers this feeling, and bolsters the Hybrid’s ease and practicality in manoeuvres, returning to its light and passive form as it is rotated mid-transition. This is also apparent as the wind picks up and increasingly violent gusts begin to hit the sail. With its stability assured, the hesitant rider can take comfort in the fact that they can adopt a more defensive stance over the board and ease the backhand out, the sail remaining easy and forgiving in the hands. Whilst not as efficient as some in the group, it remains balanced and comfortable across an impressive wind range, with equal capacity for blasting and manoeuvring and comfortable whatever the sea state.
With a light and playful nature, the Hybrid strikes a fantastic balance between power, handling and practicality, and with standard GA-Sail build it represents excellent value.