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S_Type SL

Perfomance Switch.Cam

The S_TYPE SL has just one goal: to be even more successful as its legendary predecessors which won numerous world-wide magazine tests over the years and received first-class honors in their categories. Therefore Kai Hopf has thrown everything into the mix, resulting in even more performance without having a negative effect on the handling. The decisive factor is the NO.COMPROMISE.DESIGN that he translated directly from the WARP F2017 into the S_TYPE SL. Thanks to reinforcements around the leading edge, the known draft stability and the broad wind range could be retained. The result is a highly sporty and competitive slalom sail that thirsts for speed, yet is easy to tame.

Sizes

  • 6.0
  • 6.6
  • 7.3
  • 7.8
  • 8.3
  • 8.8
  • 9.3

SailCharacteristics

Planing
Planing
Acceleration
Acceleration
Handling
Handling
Stability / V-Max
Stability / V-Max
Rec. Skill-Level
Rec. Skill-Level

S_Type SLKey Features

  1. NO.COMPROMISE.DESIGN: Guarantees an ideal mix of maximum power and forward pull without loosing stability/wind-range or becoming super physical
  2. LUFF.LIFT.PANEL: super early planing and acceleration through increased profile in the upper luff
  3. PROGRESSIVE.BATTEN.CONFIGURATION: batten amount depending on sail size and thus perfectly matching the range of use
  4. iBUMPER: the most advanced and effective molded mast protector
  1. HYPER.CAM: Again and again confirmed through magazine tests worldwide: The best rotating camber on the market
  2. SWITCH.CAM.OPTION 3/2: 3 cams for max. performance – 2 cams for improved handling
  3. MINIMUM.MAST.CONCEPT: Two masts cover all sail sizes!
  4. AERO.SLEEVE.DESIGN 2.0: maximum performance combined with fast waterstarting
  5. 2 Year Warranty. Get an additional 3 year Warranty: register here
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S_Type SLTech Specs

SIZE 6,0 6,6 7,3 7,8 8,3 8,8 9,3
Boom max (cm) 200 210 220 227 233 238 245
Luff max (cm) 433 444 464 474 495 509 519
Vario top
Battens 6 6 7 7 7 7 7
Camber 3><2 3><2 3><2 3><2 3><2 3><2 3><2
Weight (kg) 4.80 5.00 5.20 5.40 5.60 5.80 6.00
Mast Type
(Best/Alt.)
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Mast Geo
(Best/Alt.)
SDM/– SDM/– SDM/– SDM/– SDM/– SDM/– SDM/–
Mast Length
(Best/Alt.)
430 430 460 460 490/460 490/460+CX 490/460+CX

Race Team RiderMarco Lang

“The new S_TYPE SL has the race-genes of the WARP F2017”

Rider Profile

S_Type SLDetails

The new S_TYPE SL  using the NO.COMPROMISE.DESIGN can safely be called the perfect blend. Comfort combined with the most successful race slalom sails in our history. Therefore Kai Hopf has paired the balanced handling and comfort of the S_TYPE with the brute power of the WARP. This means: Outstanding power on all courses, which thanks to the integration of the new NO.COMPROMISE.DESIGN is effortless to achieve. Most striking is the extremely tapered mast sleeve in the new AERO.SLEEVE.DESIGN 2.0. Its width in the aerodynamically important boom area permits the ideal transition from the “thick” mast front edge into the ‘thin’ sail profile. At the top however, the mast sleeve is still kept relatively narrow to ease up water starts. This is supported by the use of the WARP F2017 LUFF.LIFT.PANEL design that provides additional lift.

Regardless of whether you’re at high speed or simply cruising and jibing, the S_TYPE SL is extremely versatile. It’s an excellent universal high performance sail for many board types, as it can be sailed with 2 or 3 cambers thanks to the SWITCH.CAM.OPTION (the camber in the foot area can be removed).

Simply ingenious: All S_TYPE SL sizes work with one mast length!

2017Warranty

Wanna extend your 2 year warranty by another 3 years?

To secure the extended warranty claims please register within 30 days.
Otherwise just the legal warranty period can be granted!

Register here

2017Color Combinations

S_Type SL C07

C07: Ferrari.Red – New.Orleans.Blue
ART.No. 14700-1213

S_Type SL C15

C15: Fruit.Orange – Zenith.Blue
ART.No. 14700-1213

SailFeatures

Perfect trim and huge wind range!

Forget the time-consuming search for the ideal harness line position, the numb forearms, and the endless fiddling around! The patented print on the sail shows exactly where the center of the harness line has to be. Just position the two ends symmetrically at the left and right of the print, that‘s all.

Say goodbye to misplaced harness lines!

Forget the time-consuming search for the ideal harness line position, the numb forearms, and the endless fiddling around! The patented print on the sail shows exactly where the center of the harness line has to be. Just position the two ends symmetrically at the left and right of the print, that‘s all.

Quality guaranteed – No other brand offers something similar

Short-term thinking minimum weight is great. But over-reducing necessary reinforcements automatically reduces the longevity. NorthSails is famous for the perfect ratio weight to durability. To prove the superior durability and quality, we grant a unique 2+3.YEAR.WARRANTY on all our sails (does not include monofilm)! To secure the extended warranty claims please immediately register under north-windsurf.com/eng/warranties/register. Otherwise just the legal warranty period can be granted!

Perfect load distribution

On regular top caps and pin systems the webbing is connected in a “one-dimensional“ way with the sail body (either side to side or front to back). For the first time our new 3D.TOP.CAP allows a “3-dimensional“ transition of the downhaul forces into the sail body. This eliminates top flattering and guarantees a progressive loose leech extending the wind-range. The integrated abrasion ribs eliminate the need for heavy, bulky reinforcements at the top-end of the mast sleeve.

Twice as durable, half the stretch

NorthSails stands for unsurpassed quality that guarantees a longer life for our sails. The triple zig-zag seams significantly contribute to this. And they don‘t come, as usual, in a single, but in a double version! They cover all exposed crash areas that would otherwise be damaged. The result is higher resistance to tear and a reduction of stretch by up to 50% as a result of the second seam, also benefiting profile stability and performance. Only the DOUBLE.SEAM.TECHNOLOGY by NorthSails can deliver this!

More protection, less abrasion

The iBUMPER is probably the most innovative mast protector on the market. Under heat its highly resilient surface material gets thermally connected to a shock-absorbing foam. The intelligent arrangement of the ribs and surfaces not only offer weight advantages, but also eliminates the two most common problems. The contoured upper section provides unprecedented bump protection and cushioning in the event of foot or lower leg contact. The lower part however is designed towards maximum abrasion resistance to meet the frequent board contact. This is indicated by the absence of ribs and the generous surface. Smart detail: a mesh pocket at the inside to store the excess downhaul rope.

No stretch, no tension loss

What has been proven in safety belts is just good enough for us windsurfers! As the only manufacturer we use Polyester webbing at the (vario) top, the tack roller and the batten tensioner attachment-loops. The advantage over conventional Polypropylene is the almost non-existing stretch. Even brand new sails now keep the full downhaul tension and need not be re-tensioned. The same is true for the batten tensioner. A small detail with a great effect!

Fewer layers, lower weight

With the newly developed high-tech PURE.PATCH.TECHNOLOGY one layer of PURE PE material replaces the traditional multi-layer reinforcements. This applies to the clew, luff and the batten pocket ends. The altered structure in combination with the highly abrasion-resistant and virtually indestructible PURE material saves 50% of the weight of the previous patches! Woven in two directions.

Lighter, more aerodynamic, extremely durable

With 50% less weight than its predecessor, the iROCKET is our lightest batten tensioner ever! Despite the significantly lower dimensions there is no loss in durability or adjustability. Stretch-free, abrasion resistant Polyester webbing results in a rock-solid fixation of the iROCKET!

Find the optimum vario top setting without the usual try and error

From the first rigging now the length of the vario top is set correctly. Easy to read length indicators show the perfect setting in relation to the used mast length which eliminates any testing and readjustment!

Inspired by high mechanical load capacity climbing harnesses and racing helmets

The exclusive two-piece Double.D.BUCKLE replaces present standard solutions. This construction guarantees outstanding trimming options and completely eliminates webbing slippage.

Optimum combination of minimized rotation forces, power and handling

The CROSS.BATTEN concept is the intelligent solution that shifts the sail’s center of effort downwards and supports the larger surface area in the boom zone. It also allows for an early planing profile without losing handling. Ideal in combination with the PROGRESSIVE.CUTAWAY.CLEW which has an extremely positive influence on the sails agility, feel and allows a shorter, stiffer boom. Both features individually vary depending on the type and size of the sail.
That is, the more pronounced the CUTAWAY thus the longer the CROSS.BATTEN, the more flex and comfort, especially when overpowered (“excess” sail area “flexes away”). The more performance-oriented the sail, the less pronounced the CUTAWAY.CLEW and the CROSS.BATTEN are to ensure a more direct acceleration.

Soft rotation and excellent rigging comfort

The ultimate in smooth sailing with unequalled advantages.

Advantage 1: Super-fast rigging. (Sliding-up instead of snapping-on the mast.) No need for repeat adjustments to luff- and outhaul tension.

Advantage 2: Minimum friction means soft rotation, since the HYPER.CAM features free rollers without plastic buckles, so that only the rollers touch the mast.

Advantage 3: Optimized shape for the best possible mast pocket profile and ideal aerodynamics

Advantage 4: Fits all mast diameters, since only the rollers but never the plastic body touch the surface, which also makes the HYPER.CAM extremely easy to rotate.

Minimum forces for perfect trim

The integrated, nickel-plated brass triple roller minimizes the downhaul forces tremendously. The optimized side plate with integrated rope led prevents that the rope will be damaged or jumps from the roll.

Extremely stable luff reinforcement

The area around the boom cutout is particularly exposed to wear and tear, because the luff panel always forms wrinkles when inserting the mast. Over time, this „accordion effect“ may cause cracks in the monofilm. The flexible DURA.LUFF.PATCH reinforces the area around the boom and creates a soft transition to the monofilm, while preventing cracks in the film.

Improved sail control at higher wind speeds

Kai Hopf relied on the WARP to design the TT.TOP. The concave shape is slightly reduced, which improves tension and allows for a more effective, three-dimensional top twist. This means the top twists not only horizontally, but also vertically under strong winds. By virtually neutralizing gusts, the rig’s kept steady in the rider‘s hands, and works in a much larger range of winds.

Choosing the right boom length without experimenting

Since the boom is positioned at different points on the mast depending on the rider‘s height, the ideal boom length varies due to the different angles. To make it easier to find the right length fast, the individual recommendations are written directly on the luff panel at boom level.

Beautiful, no weak-spot

Some brands use exotic and expensive thread materials, like Kevlar or Spectra for their X.Ply laminates. At first view this sounds great as these materials have approx. half the stretch than the Polyester threads we use.

On the other hand it’s important to know that the monofilm around the threads is also made of Polyester. This leads to a very uneven construction. Rather than having a certain give/elasticity to “buffer” load peaks without breaking, the non-stretch Kevlar/Spectra threads rip the film from the inside out.

With a Polyester-film + Polyester-thread construction we avoid the film becoming a weak spot as all materials have the same elongation.

Eliminates unintentional leech flutter

Short, highly effective miniature battens support the area between the long battens and prevent any annoying flutter.

No more friction when threading the mast into the mast pocket

A brilliant trick makes inserting the mast a breeze. The NorthSails logo above the boom cutout opens the mast pocket just a little, allowing the rider to insert the mast with just one hand, without having to move up the luff.

Individual batten setting for better performance!

Since each batten fulfills a different task, we use a huge variety of batten types. They differ not only in their cross section (round or rectangular) but also in the materials used (glass, glass-carbon composites, full carbon) and in their geometry (thickness, width). Moreover, all battens have specific stiffness degrees and profiles, regardless of their length for 100% draft stability in the center of the sail, optimum twist in the top (horizontally and vertically), and reduced top weight (easier handling).

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