Just recently I’ve bought a 5,3 m2 North Sails Hero 2017 and I want to write a review of the sail as soon as possible. As I have not used the sail yet I thought it would be valuable for you guys to have a sneak preview of this sail.
It’s so new in my quiver that I even haven’t had a chance to rig it which I should do as soon as possible because there’s nothing more annoying than arriving on the beach when the wind is blowing and the waves are breaking and you have to find out how to rig your new sail and change the settings on a regular basis.
So, it’s a top priority on my todo list but for now, I have to postpone this.
Anyway, having said that, let’s move over to the actual pre-review as there’s a lot to mention about this new sail I have
Why I Bought The North Sails Hero 2017
I’m not sponsored nor do I have any connections to any windsurfing brand but I have to admit I’m on Fanatic boards and North Sails wave sails for over 20 years already.
The sails I used to have were a North sails Voodoo 4.2 and the North Sails Ice in the sizes 4.7 / 5.3 / 5.7 and on top of that, I also used to own a North Sails Instinct 6.2.
Not to go into detail all that much but for the people that don’t know any of these sails, they are quite old and though I had some great sessions with all of them it was about time to start updating my quiver.
The 6.2 I haven’t used for a few years and so I had no problems selling it without the need for a replacement.
The 5.7 is still mine and I will keep it for a while…probably…
The 5.3 is the biggest sail I normally use, with a bodyweight of 75 / 80 kilo’s combined with a 99 liter Fanatic Skate freestyleboard I don’t need anything bigger actually as I have more than enough windsurfing days where there’s at least 15 to knots here at the North Sea shore.
The 4.7 I still have as well.
The 4.2 is ready for replacement as well. Yes, it will be exchanged for a North Sails Hero as well.
Now that you have a little background on my quiver, you might start to see why I bought a North Sails wavesail again.
The sails suit me well, I like how they react and the on/off suits my kind of sailing just perfectly.
What I wanted to mention as well is that having only constant curve RDM masts makes choosing a sail designed for constant curve RDM masts a no brainer as well.
What’s New On The 2016 Versus 2017 North Sails Hero Sails?
Compared to the 2016 Hero’s, the main difference on the 2017 edition is that sailwindow has less monofilm and got an extra panel of x ply making it stronger.
Combine that with the already exceptional low sail weight, you’ve got a really light yet strong wavesail on your hands.
The 3 batten option of 2016 has been deleted and now the complete sailrange is designed on a 4 batten wavesail concept.
There are some new colors but that’s not of any influence on the sail behavior, it just looks nice.
Having the Fanatic Triwave as my waveboard of choice though, I choose the red color version as it goes wel with the color of the board.