>in general, i like my quiver of UP's, especially the no-name versions, because of the price (very low); but they are not constructed for durability (ie, no taped seams, etc)
I agree. I have two Sailways UP clones - the UP Twin Slalom 5.0 and Slalom
Cam++ 4.5 and they both perform very well. Neither are really suited for
durability - I already had a new panel put into the Twin Slalom, but
what do you expect in the Gorge. The loop to loop things are still
holding although they don't look really durable. I saw one UP sail
completely destroyed by a vertical rip in the whole sail. I think next
time, I'll be buying something more durable, like used North or Northwave.
One thing I noticed is that the Twin Slalom rigs much easier on my new
Dynafiber 430cm Carbon40 mast instead of my old Aluminum mast.
I would have never believed it would be such a difference in rigging
ease - both masts are rated at the same MCS although the Dynafiber is
35 cm shorter. With Dynafiber, it requires a lot less downhaul and has
a better shapeas well as smoother cam rotation. Bottom line - try your
sail on your mast before you buy.
The cams can pop off and one guy in the shop suggested that I sew the
cams to the sail, to prevent their loss in case they pop off, which I
need to do.
Now windsurfing the Columbia River Gorge on Mistral Ecstasy, UP, and Gaastra.
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