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Idol LTD

Ultralight Freestyle Comp

Light, lighter and as radical as possible! The IDOL LTD is the personal pro model of freestyle record world champion Gollito Estredo. For this freestyle genius Kai Hopf has fulfilled all his wishes and created the most sophisticated, extreme freestyle production sail that we have ever built. All IDOL LTD’s are unbelievably light sails because instead of conventional X.PLY the futuristic high-tech laminate “ODL” is being used in combination with our 4mil ULTRA.FILM. These materials are 50% lighter than conventional sail cloth and push the weight to sensationally low. To clarify: The weight of IDOL LTD corresponds to a 1.5m smaller SUPER HERO / SUPER SESSION (e.g. 4.8 compares to 3.4)! 2018 all IDOL LTD generate even more performance plus and the smaller sizes are also significantly easier to control in overpowered conditions.

Sizes

  • 3.6
  • 4.0
  • 4.4
  • 4.8
  • 5.2
  • 5.6

SailCharacteristics

Wind Range
Wind Range
PlaningStability
Range Of Use
Range Of Use
FlatwaterDown The Line
Draft>>Feeling
Draft>>Feeling
Forward/Up >> Direct/LiftCentered/Down >> Soft/Balanced
Freestyle Ability
Freestyle Ability
New-SchoolClassic

Idol LTDKey Features

  1. HOLLOW.LOWER.LEECH (scooped leech outline) with additional MINI.BATTEN stabilizes the profile right above the boom and prevents leech flattering
  2. RADIAL.LOAD.STRIPES at the clew improve the stability and extend the wind range
  3. Size 5.6 to comply to reduced wind limit on PWA freestyle events
  4. Size 3.6 for high wind freestyle competitions
  5. Super high clew and short boom allow fastest possible ducking to avoid loosing any speed
  1. Thanks to the trend setting high-tech yachting materials (ODL laminate and 4 mil ULTRA.FILM) the IDOL LTD is our lightest Freestyle sail of all time
  2. Super-stretchy DACRON+ODL.DOUBLE.LUFF.PANEL enables maximum lift for all the jumps against the sail
  3. 3 ultra-light TUBE.BATTENS
  4. PURE.PATCH.TECHNOLOGY at the clew, luff and the batten pocket ends make for 50% weight savings compared to regular patches
  5. iROCKET 2.0, NorthSails lightest batten tensioner of all time
  6. Exclusively designed for RDM masts
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Idol LTDTech Specs

SIZE 3,6 4,0 4,4 4,8 5,2 5,6
Boom max (cm) 142 150 155 156 170 174
Luff max (cm) 374 378 399 419 435 445
Vario top
Battens 4 4 4 4 4 4
Weight (kg) 2.40 2.55 2.70 2.90 3.00 3.15
Mast Type
(Best/Alt.)
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Mast Geo
(Best/Alt.)
RDM/– RDM/– RDM/– RDM/– RDM/– RDM/–
Mast Length
(Best/Alt.)
340/370 370 370 400 430/400 430

7 Times Freestyle World ChampionGollito Estredo

“With a slightly narrower top and the batten above the boom moved down the new IDOL LTD  gives me even more lift and control for my moves”

Rider Profile

Freestyle Team RiderAdrien Bosson

“At first I couldn’t believe it but the new IDOL LTD is more stable in high winds yet has more planing power!”

Rider Profile

Idol LTDDetails

From the second you ride on the IDOL LTD you will have a smile on your face. It feels absolutely neutral, doesn’t show any unwanted life of its own and is a feather in your hands so that you nearly forget about the sail during moves and maneuvers. This is one of the most important aspects especially for freestyle! It spins incredibly fast through all tricks even during the most difficult ducking moves and feels as if you rotate without a sail.

The high clew and the short boom length excel at ducking so that no speed is lost. With the new IDOL LTD the success rate of difficult maneuvers and the fun increases straight away making you automatically go for even more radical moves!

Designer Kai Hopf has designed the IDOL LTD for maximum efficiency. Compared to the regular IDOL it features a tighter leech, a reduced weight and a higher clew. Not only will maneuvers become much easier but also get performed at higher speed.

This is due to the sophisticated profile distribution. All of these aspects are apparent over a wide wind range and you will be surprised how large the trimming capabilities are on the new IDOL LTD.

2 important points:

1. Even if other brands do not speak about it, we will tell the truth: ultra lightweight can only be achieved through the reduction of material thickness. Since the film thickness of the ODL laminate is reduced to the absolute minimum, the UV stability is limited. Therefore, this sail is excluded from the usual NorthSails 2+3.YEAR.WARRANTY!

2. Q: Why are we still using a rather “boring” looking white film in the center panel? A: We are using a high-end monofilm called ULTRA.FILM which is lighter and stronger than any other monofilm available making the IDOL LTD the lightest monofilm Freestyle sail on the market . Unfortunately this high-end monofilm is only available in white color.

2018Color Combinations

Idol LTD C14

C14: Noir.Black – Acid.Green
ART.No. 14800-1206

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.

NO TENSION LOSS

A new, unobtrusive detail with a huge effect. The completely redesigned iROCKET 2.0 is the lightest batten tensioner we have ever built. Its’ unique design avoids the usual tendency of the sail becoming asymmetric.
The most important feature though is the PRE-CALIBRATED.BATTEN.TENSION
The perfect batten tension is decisive for maximum performance and optimum profile stability. But even World Cup pros have difficulties to set it up 100% correctly cause each and every batten requires a different tension: extremely high tension in the lower part of the sail but nearly no tension for the top battens. To solve the batten tension mystery and to prevent any miss-tension, every single batten gets pre-calibrated in the factory according to the specs of the designer. Not according to feeling, but through a torque wrench. In addition, the nut is fitted with a semi-tight screw-type glue, so that a change of tension is prevented. So the supplied batten-key is only necessary in case you want to individually fine-tune your sail or in the rare case of a break to replace the defective batten.

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!

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.

Extremely light, extremely high-tech

Yachting sail specialist POLYANT delivers one of the most desirable laminates available today. ODL is an extremely lightweight material that is unbelievably 50% lighter than regular X.PLY and makes every weight freak rave. Since the film thickness is reduced to an absolute minimum this laminate is exclusively used for the IDOL_LTD. Please note the reduced UV-stability!

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.

The lightest monofilm on the market!

To save as much weight as possible, we now use ULTRA.FILM which is just 4mil thick for the super lightweight IDOL_LTD as well as the WARP F2015. This extreme monoflim is used throughout the body panel and contributes significantly to the low overall weight thanks to its reduced thickness.

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.

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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