The smooth, constant drive to get going without much need for pumping is impressive, as is the light weight feel in your hands for what is a big piece of cloth and the biggest leading edge I’ve ever seen. Somehow the 7m still has elements of the svelte, sleek and smoothly penetrating feel of the smaller Strikes that I love.
There is a bit of a push needed on the strut with your back hand to help the wing rotate when you gybe of course, but not too bad considering how light the wind was at times.
As with the smaller Strikes, there’s a positive movement needed with the CWC to bring it overhead into the neutral position as you carve up through the wind during a tack. As the Strikes are so efficient and develop power so early in their sheeting range, you do need make sure you really sheet out and get the wing overhead before you start your carve into wind. Some other wings (like the Freewing Air V2 on test this issue) that have their drafts further back, depower much quicker and therefore let you be a bit more lazy with the way you time your wing movements.
As we are finding with all our wing testing and experiences though, it all comes down to habit and developing slightly different techniques and timings with different wings. The Strike CWC cuts through the air very efficiently and has this stability in the canopy that helps keep its positive shape in the wind, but it does mean that you need to more precisely place the wing overhead for tacks. Once you’ve got the knack though, it’s like a dart…