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Warp F2018

World Cup Slalom

6 out of 7 won eliminations during the 2015 racing season are making the WARP 9.0LW the most successful slalom sail in PWA history. Extreme propulsion, incredibly fast, uncompromisingly designed to win. It is the ultimate World Cup racing sail. Due to NO.COMPROMISE.DESIGN the WARP F2018 generates better low-end power and acceleration. Start after start and jibe after jibe more acceleration than anything else without becoming physical. That allows you to reserve energy over the entire racecourse and to keep a clear head for tactics. Combined with the unrivaled soft camber rotation, the new WARP F2018 therefore is not just the first choice for World Cup riders but for aspiring freeriders alike.

Sizes

  • 4.7
  • 5.4
  • 6.2
  • 7.0
  • 7.7
  • 8.4
  • 9.0
  • 9.4

SailCharacteristics

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

Warp F2018Key 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. SIZESPECIFIC.DESIGN: Thanks to three different, size-dependent concepts each sail size is individually matched to the wind strength
  3. XPly batten pocket construction: eliminates stretch and doesn’t absorb any water (dry weight = wet weight)
  4. 7.BATTEN.DESIGN: Makes the WARP F2018 the lightest monofilm Slalom sail on the market
  1. Less weight due to MINI.PROTECTOR and super light iROCKET 2.0 batten tensioner
  2. MODERATE.CUTAWAY.CLEW: Less blow out / hinge-effect for more power and more direct acceleration
  3. HYPER.CAM: Again and again confirmed through magazine tests worldwide: The best rotating camber on the market
  4. ON.THE.COURSE – FOR.THE.COURSE: Developed and tested in real racing conditions on the course against all competitor sails convinced us that the WARP F2018 can beat anything out there!
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Warp F2018Tech Specs

SIZE 4,7 Speed 5,4 6,2 7,0 7,7 8,4 9,0 9,4
Boom max (cm) 177 183 202 214 223 231 241 247
Luff max (cm) 405 416 426 452 484 504 516 528
Vario top
Battens 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Camber 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Weight (kg) 4.60 4.90 5.20 5.60 6.00 6.30 6.50 6.70
Mast Type
(Best/Alt.)
Platinum/– Platinum/– Platinum/– Platinum/– Platinum/– Platinum/– Platinum/– Platinum/–
Mast Geo
(Best/Alt.)
SDM/– SDM/– SDM/– SDM/– SDM/– SDM/– SDM/– SDM/–
Mast Length
(Best/Alt.)
400 400 400 430 460 490 490 490

PWA Slalom Vice World ChampionPierre Mortefon

“All WARP F2018 sizes are based on the legendary 2016 9.0LW design which is still perceived as the reference among all PWA riders.”

Rider Profile

IFCA Double World ChampionVincent Langer

“Let’s put it into a simple statement: the WARP F2018 is the fastest to rig, the least physical to use, yet the most competitive slalom sail I’ve ever sailed!”

Rider Profile

Warp F2018Details

It took more than two years to develop the new shaping- and the design concept on which the WARP F2018 is based. Far more complex than previous designs, it incorporates diverse influences on the rig into the panel layout. The result is overwhelming: built from scratch using the NO.COMPROMISE.DESIGN the new WARP generates approx. 30% more acceleration after starts and jibing which means a sensational performance boost. Unlike other “powerhouse” slalom sails out there the NO.COMPROMISE.DESIGN guarantees that this extra power is achieved without the sail becoming extremely physical to sail! This means that there isn’t a sudden power explosion for the rider to handle but rather a continuous, very harmonious power delivery. This relieves the rider, giving them power reserves for the entire race and freedom in order to fully concentrate on race tactics.

Here is how the NO.COMPROMISE.DESIGN works:

Up until today there was a high price for maximum power and acceleration after jibing:

A. Extremely physical to sail: This happens when you “just” increase the profile depth while leaving the luff curve and loose leech unchanged. Massive luff curve, massive profile AND massive loose leech simply result in the sail becoming very physical as the power develops slightly delayed but like a bang.

B. Reduced stability and wind-range: This happens when you increase the profile and decrease the luff curve. Less luff curve reduces especially the leading-edge-tension which results in reduced stability and wind-range.

With the NO.COMPROMISE.DESIGN Kai Hopf achieves what everyone was aiming for but yet wasn’t possible:

  • Step 1: Kai increased the profile depth across the entire sail which results in a power boost after the start and jibing.
  • Step 2: Reduction of the luff curve. This reduces the sail body tension which allowed Kai to reduce the loose leech as well. The reduced loose leech leads to an instant/constant forward pull while the reduced sail body tension guarantees a soft power transmission (= less physical). We call this power made manageable.
  • Step 3: To prevent the sail from loosing stability/wind-range Kai went on re-designing the whole double-foil luff sleeve construction. Now the entire luff sleeve is made out of lower-stretch CROSS.YARN.LAMINATE. In addition he integrated a top to bottom non-stretch Kevlar strip to the leading edge. This all stiffens up the leading edge to avoid excessive bending in the fore-aft direction (while maintaining sideways flex). The reduced fore-aft bending is essential to keep the sail from loosing stability/wind-range. Plus it guarantees that the draft moves forward once you reduce the outhaul tension – which is essential for heavy weights and/or when sailing at the bottom end of the sails’ wind range to generate maximum forward pull.

Attention:
World Cup performance and 100% performance orientation require a perfect set-up and experienced trimming. This is especially true for our Formula 1 engine. Due to the extremely rigid mast sleeve maximum propulsion is achieved only in combination with PLATINUM masts and precise trimming. And in this case exactly means down to the millimeter. Therefore, the use of a POWER.XT is indispensable as it’s the only extension which allows a fine, click-precise adjustment of the downhaul tension. With the correct downhaul tension though the sail works with one and the same trim over the entire wind range. The same counts for the outhaul tension. Another invaluable advantage of the NO.COMPROMISE.DESIGN.

2018Color Combinations

Warp F2018 C04

C04: Ferrari.Red – Noir.Black
ART.No. 14800-1214

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.

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.

The lightest monofilm on the market!

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

Increased range of use, individual tuning options

The secret of the TWIN.TRIM.CLEW are the 2 horizontally placed clew eyelets. The outer clew position provides more power and a more direct feeling, while the inner position gives more control and a softer sensation.

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.

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.

The strongest laminate on earth!

XPly laminates consist of 2 layers of film and threads bonded together using clear or colored glue.
XPly has to fulfill the following 4 tasks in order of their importance:
1. Puncture resistance
2. UV-resistance
3. Low stretch
4. Rip-stop (comes into play only if any of the above fail)
Points 1 to 3 are exclusively depending on the thickness of the film being used.
The thicker the film
>> the higher the puncture-resistance (relation 1 to 1, means a film with twice the thickness simply has twice the puncture strength)
>> the higher the UV-resistance (relation 1 to 1,5, means a film with twice the thickness offers 3 times longer UV-resistance)
>> the lower the stretch (relation again 1 to 1, which even a higher thread density cannot completely compensate cause within the gap between the threads the film will still expand)
Only point 4 is related to the amount of threads being used in-between the film layers.
That’s why we believe using XPly being thinner than monofilm (like some brands do) is complete nonsense.
These facts have been the base for the development of our exclusive XPLY.PLUS. We use a thick film sandwich (100 or 150 micron = 4 or 6 mil) to avoid a failure right from the beginning and combine it with a regular thread-density. Compared to other brands XPLY.PLUS is up to 60% thicker adding approx. 200 g if used in the entire sail. For these “additional” 200 g though you get the highest durability/longevity level in the industry. That is also one of the major reasons why NorthSails is the largest surf center supplier world-wide. We are so confident in the outstanding quality of our sails that we are the only brand being able to offer a 2+3.YEAR.WARRANTY on all sails (except IDOL LTD and WARP).
We simply live up to our philosophy that light is right but only if it doesn’t go to costs of durability.

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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