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Friday, 15 February 2013

Simons' Review of the new Ezzy 2013 Legacy Sail

Ezzy Legacy 5.2 - 2013 Sail Test




I tested the new Ezzy Legacy last weekend in El Medano Tenerfife - firstly it was great to get back into a shorty and sail in air temperatures of 24c in full sunshine, it ensured leaving the 3 degree UK air temp was no hardship!



The Ezzy 2013 Legacy is Ezzy's first take on a price point orientated sail, though first impressions I definately wouldn't put it into this category but knowing Dave Ezzy well it didn't surprise me. He's not a man to cut corners on performance and quality just to save a few dollars, he's even been able to keep the look sharp with clean graphics for a cool looking sail.
With a profile and dimensions which appear to be similar to that of the Panther 3 / Tiger, you'd easily mistake the Legacy as a flagship model if you're coming to Ezzy from some another brand.


With time on my hands I took the unusual task of reading the instructions before rigging on the recommended Ezzy RDM mast, rigging the sail using the wind setting dots on the leach of the sail as my guide I found it very easy to tune the downhaul even though the Legacy comes with a pulley less D-ring.

Popping on a boom and setting the outhaul to the recommended max for a super windy El Medano (4.2 - 4.5 weather) I noted the omission of setting marks in the boom cut out area, and no built in mast pad. Looking closely there's a new lighter luff material and a difference in the amount of seaming in the sail, a little less batten reinforcement compared to the Elites and Tigers and no neoprene piece by the head cap.(You can buy the extra mast pad, pulleys for the Ezzy legacy if you want them )

On the water the vision through the Legacy is incredible, the translucent see through nature gives a full 360 view of the water .I really liked the forward and solid centre of effort, no pulling or moving in the gusts -the sail is very stable and it felt good to be back on a 5 batten sail.

Cost savings normally hit performance first yet I'm not only surprised but happy to report that Dave Ezzy has been able to produce the sail without effecting your performance on the water.

The 5.2 Legacy felt good wave riding, stable, smooth and easy to de power yet, was spot on when you switched the power back on.

So good was the performance, shut your eye's and it would be fairly hard to decide if you're on a Legacy or Tiger!

If you want to test a Ezzy Tiger, Elite or Legacy call the UK Ezzy test centre on 01243 513077 or contact Simon and book it in simon@2xs.co.uk.

Ezzy owners are used to wind range and the Legacy continues that trend, if the wind drops reduce the downhaul, tune the outhaul and the Legacy will have you heading out for a second session.
I've yet to test the bigger sails but if the 5.2 is anything to by then I look forward to a few light days.
So with the 5.2 Tiger costing £505.00 compared to £375.00 for the 5.2 Legacy Dave Ezzy has produced something special for the wallet on a budget, and as that's not saving enough, you can reduce the number of masts you need to rig the range.

You can BUY the sail here



See the Ezzy Legacy on the Ezzy website here

Gear used Ezzy 5.2 Legacy, 400 Ezzy RDM mast, Streamlined carbon boom, Streamlined carbon extension and RRD 83 cult quad.



Pics and test by Simon Bassett 2XS/X-train



Go Pro Pics taken with Carbon Mast Mount>>..


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