The Loft Lip Wave 5,2
"Always a sure value"
Few modifications to report on this new Loftsails Lip Wave 08. Monty Spindler, Loft Sails' emblematic designer, slightly modified the Sensitip, top of the sail, to make it easier to roll. He also added an additional eyelet for the outhaul, and modified the general look of the sail. Just like last year, the mast sleeve is a bit larger than on the other wave sails. The sail works well on its 400 Loft RDM mast, and offers the softness and elasticity that are characteristic of the brand. The mast is really easy to insert, for easy rigging of the sail.
Very well balanced, the sail delivers the correct amount of power, to be used when needed. It's not dragging the rider, and it's never bothering. The power regulation is really interesting. Stable in strong winds, the sail is really fast and efficient under all kind of conditions.
For surfing, its softness is really enjoyable. It's a proof of tolerance. Handiness is impeccable. The Lip Wave can be neutralized on demand, and the rider can forget the sail to focus on the wave.
In conclusion, the Loft Sails is homogeneous and always easy to control. With a really competitive price, a very reliable construction and a versatile behavior meant to please everybody in all kinds of conditions, the Lip Wave 08 is once again one of the best sails to have fun in waves. No defects to report here.
+: price, homogeneity, versatility, efficiency, softness, wind range, power and neutrality
-: nothing to report
Verdict: (...) At last, we shouldn't put away the Loft Lip Wave, which is set apart from the others with its good price, homogeneity, regulated power, softness and positive surf behavior.
I think that's a fair review of the sail. I've been demo-ing a 5.7 Lip and think it's great. Works a treat in the waves (even in the 5.7 size) and is really good for general bump and jump/freestyle.
Anyone who see's it on the beach thinks it looks the goods as well.
Wow Shear Tip has that touched the water yet nice
Nebs no thats not Wim
That was a test rig the day it was delivered. It remained that pristine until 3 days ago when a possum decided to walk all over it one night when I left it rigged up after a day's sailing. Now there's little claw scratches all over the sail. But, it's a tough sail - even nasty possum claws didn't puncture it. It just doesn't look as good as the photos now