I have had my new set of Reflex's since early Jan this year. I have the 6.2m, 7.0m and a 7.8m.
Here are my findings so far. I have used the 7.8m heaps and the 7.0m 3 times, twice in the last three days.
The first thing I noticed is that they rig straight out of the bag with no wrinkle what so ever, and they look very clean and well built. They rig the same as most modern day race sails. Sleeve mast on top of the cams, downhaul till the mast is visible in the boom cut out, fix boom, out haul and pop on the cams and fully down haul.
The reflex3 rigs with loads of draft below the boom which can be increase with added tack strap tension (I tend to always have max tension). The sail has a nice even twist all the way along the leach.
On the water the first thing I noticed was how light the sail feels, even just carrying it to the waters edge they feel light. Once up and planning they deliver power very smoothly they accelerate like a stolen car in a high speed pursuit. The bottom end is really good with the sail developing lots of pull to get you up and away. The top end is impressive. So far I had had the 7.8m to a peak of 36.9knts. The stability in the sails upper wind range is unreal. The day I got the 7.8m to nearly 37knts it was gusting to 25knts and it didn't feel like I had to change down. I have only had a few sessions on the 7.0m but so far it feels very (max so far of 34knts) slippery with no limit on its top end.
I rig them on the severne mast. Here are some pics of the 7.0m
Nice kit, love the xfire !
But is that a MFC fin ???
Good review Bender. We have the R3 12 & 9.6 on the formula kit and are very impressed with their performance - the best Reflexes yet and helping to push us up the rankings.
how is the 9.6?
My should arrive in the second week of March and should be used on the iSonic 127 shortly. Any setting tips, especially for the down tension?
I agree- The Reflex IIIs are very easy to rig, with amazing performance and effortless rotation.
I've done nothing special with the 9.6m sail. It sets beautifully on the 490 Enigma mast with great twist and good depth down low, with very little wrinkling, at the recommended downhaul settings. You may have to play around with some inducer spacers to optimise the luff pocket, but that is normal. Rotation of the inducers is good - better than the R2's. As said before, it is used on a SB 167W formula board, and I think there shouldn't be a problem on a "largish" slalom board.
Good luck and I'm sure you will have heaps of fun with this sail
Here are some pics of the reflex3 7.0m in action on my Carbon art SP50 and 102x-fire until the wind died
Shane at Port Beach Sunday the 26th Feb 2012
i picked up a 7.8 reflex III this week.
Ive noticed it puts a bit of downforce on the board - anyone noticed?
Im thinkin ill shift footstraps back and move further back with the mast track.
Anyone had good results doing this?
thanks Bender - illl give it a crack.
The last pic of Shane makes me want to sail in the ocean again. Had a go for 10-15 minutes last weekend of the 7.8m Relex 111 with I-sonic 107 and 38 fireblade fin.
A bit disappointed with the board,nothing special,sat a bit low in the water,not nearly as fast as my 90 litre i-sonic. The Reflex 3 did feel much improved over previous years,luff felt very tight and controllable,shame it was rigged with not enough downhaul which might explain the board sitting low in the water.
how many masts do you own , the question is
yeah more donwhaul did the trick, as well as some minor adjustments on those cam thingos.
quite happy with the sail now.
Im not using the troublesome enigma masts do no dramas with breakages.
tried rigging with the severne race base on the weekend - what a difference that makes to rigging! so much easier. The sail has a 4 pully system and is rotated 90 degrees to normal. The leverage you get with this system with the correct base makes applying the correct amount of downforce a breeze.
Sail went a lot better on the weekend... very happy now.
has anyone compared the RIII to the 2012 KA Koncept?
Hooksey, a better comparison would be KaRace to an RIII. Overdrive is more a contempory of Koncept.
Will be comparing some TR8's with the above soon
Just received my new Reflex'es 3 .
I am changing my sails this year so I bought 12.0,10.7,9.6 for formula and 7.8 for slalom with Enigma masts.
Do you use recommended downhaul settings?I see advice here to use 10mm more for 7.8.Need advice on setup for formula sizes?
Which mast for 10.7 - 550/34 or 530/32?
I can't comment on the fomula sizes but I have found that the 6.2, 7.0, 7.8 and 8.6 Reflex IIIs all rig very nicely on their recommended settings. I have experimented with a little more/less downhaul but the best acceleration/gust response for me can be acheived when the sail is rigged right on the specifications.
Awesome start to 2012 PWA competition for Severne Reflex III's at Reggio Calabria World Cup!
The Terminator is back! With the RIII's
Steve Allen was also smoking it but got a PMS
Karin Jaggi leads the women's fleet
Albeau has no chance of catching Dunky.