Completely redesigned for 2018, the Racing Blade is the ultra-complete slalom performance package for any serious racer. New luff curves, vertical and horizontal shaping, leech tuning and batten profiles make this 2017 double test winning design leap to the next level, ensuring you’ll leave the rest of the pack in your wake.
Features & Benefits
Blade mast-pocket construction features mast panel and 2 mil triax xply mast-pocket sides (3 layers) that are tensioned directly (all 3 layers under tack pulley webbings)– therefore downhaul tension is equalized between the mast panel and the mast pocket resulting in the Racing Blade’s firm, clean, easy-rotating leading edge
Internal vertical and horizontal Kevlar strip applications at cams– defines profile and augments stability
Tubed battens with varying carbon content at spoecific locations. The upper three battens are unique 100% carbon tubes ultra light and stiff to to maximize performance for the upper end
Unique Sdm and Rdm mast compatibility. Tekcam2 Large (installed) and Reduced (in sailbag) included with size 8.6 and down
Metallic cam interfaces– MCIs eliminate contact point degradation characteristic of cam designs without MCIs
Xply batten pockets that alternate sail sides... using similar material for the batten pocket as the body material minimizes the asymmetric character of applied batten pockets. Pockets made with laminates allow the batten to be centered. These features combine to maintain rotation symmetry. In contrast, same-side dacron pockets promote assymetrical rotation
Streamlined neoprene boom cutout with dual zippers– limits water entry into the mast sleeve, keeping the rig light for fast recoveries
Tekcam2 camber inducer design- easy rotation and gentle to your mast
The Racingblade is the ultimate slalom sail!! For me it is one of the most versatile slalom sails. It is nice and delivers quality performance in everything you ask of it - down-wind, up-wind, Strong-wind, light-wind, anything! The Racingblade is a slalom machine for a long time, but I think the 2018 is particularly successful!
The improvement I love the most for our 2018 Racingblade is how our bigger sizes like the 8.6 feel like a much smaller size, with so much power and a huge range, the sails have a much lighter feeling with our new updates. In my opinion, it is wonderful because that equals more comfort and less work on your body to push for even more speed, can't wait to get my new quiver!!!
Racingblade 5.0 Orange 2018
Team Edition SDM 370
Racingblade 5.6 Orange 2018
Team Edition SDM 400
Racingblade 6.3 Orange 2018
Team Edition SDM 430
Racingblade 7.0 Orange 2018
Team Edition SDM 430
Racingblade 7.8 Orange 2018
Team Edition SDM 460
Racingblade 8.6 Orange 2018
Team Edition SDM 490
Racingblade 9.4 Orange 2018
Team Edition SDM 490
"When you have a technical related product question."
I can see minor colour inconsistancy in the coloured monofilm material, is this a quality problem?
Loftsails using high quality Dimension Polyant films considered as a leading film manufacturer. The BI-PLY colored monofilm are two films laminated together. During production there is a large temperature difference between the two films at the lamination point. This causes the top film (film with color adhesive) to slightly shrink and the bottom film does not shrink at the same rate. This can cause "a slight minimal wave or impression" in the fabric. There is no concern on laminate quality.
What does 1 Year Unconditional + 1 Year Conditional warranty cover?
Warranty is valid 2 years after date of purchase. The first year the warranty is unconditional meaning that failure of product will be unconditionally be warranted. The 2nd year will be under the condition that the product has clearly suffered from a manufacturer error.
When unrolling my sail some battens are looking pre-curved?
All windsurfing sails with battens experience batten bending when rolling for transport. The battens will bend because of the curves cut into the sail to produce profile. Loftsails are rolled right side up, this flexes the battens as if the sail is on starboard tack. Battens are made from polyester, carbon and resin. They remember their being curved, which gives the sail a pre-disposition to be on starboard tack. This results in the sail having a preference to be on starboard tack. This asymmetric character is normally not an issue. Rolling the sail port side up will tend to bend the battens in the opposite direction which can minimize this asymmetric character.
Why are there small wrinkels visible in the footpanel of my sail?
Monty comments: Wrinkles in the foot panel are common to my designs! There is always alot of profile worked into the bottom of the vertical seam, I have tried to remove the wrinkles from the lower panel but this results in flatter shapes that do improve performance. Many of our sails do not show such foot panel wrinkles, however unfortunately one could say they are typical of my designs.