Elvstrøm Sails 17

Layout: EPEX
Material: GPR Black
Fibers (= Yarns): Technora
Performance: 9.7
Durability: 5.8
Price: 8.6
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EPEX GPR is a pure racing sail developed for high-end club racing and grand prix racing. A black super light film with a single inside layer of Liteskin that adds strength to the sail. The yarn layout is a complex x-ply construction providing stability and reducing stretch to a minimum.

Details have been perfected with e.g. integrated battens, external low-friction rings and black patches and leech tape.

Materials

Browse through the list of materials and find more information on the combination for the selected sail.

  • Aramid-Kevlar Fiber
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Dyneema Fiber
  • Nylon Fiber
  • Polyester Fiber
  • Technora Black Fiber
  • Vectran Fiber
  • Woven Polyester Fabric (Dacron)
  • Taffeta Fabric
  • LiteSkin, grey Fabric
  • LiteSkin, white Fabric
  • Nylon Fabric
  • Aramid-Kevlar Fiber

    Aramid-Kevlar Fiber

    Kevlar is stronger than steel – and lighter. Different kinds with different characteristics. Type 29 better in flex than type 49. Type 49 50% better in stretch than 29. Twaron is very similar to type 49. Technora is between 29 and 49, is available in black and gold.

    5 times better stretch than Polyester, double that of Pentex. Aramide yarns can be woven to a tight fabric and bonds well on Mylar.

    Aramids have only moderate UV resistance, and poor with repeated flex. Technora is somewhat better in both these issues.
  • Carbon Fiber

    Carbon Fiber

    Carbon consists of mainly carbon atoms. Each fibre consists of hundreds to thousands of filaments (tubes) with a diameter of few micrometers.

    Different types with almost zero stretch to those with better flexibility.

    Extremely low stretch and insensitive to UV. Can use less fibre for same strength – saves weight.
  • Dyneema Fiber

    Dyneema Fiber

    Dyneema has extremely long molecular chains, therefore enormous breaking strength.

    Very strong, and resistant to stretch. Good resistance against UV and material fatigue, very light.

    Under permanent load the fibre tends to elongate, so the sail can change shape under high loads of long duration.
  • Nylon Fiber

    Nylon Fiber

    Yarns and fabrics called Nylon derive from the Brand name of Du Pont, but never copyrighted, therefore used generically for all thermoplastic polyamides.

    Very light, elastic - good break load. Good against chafe and flex. Therefore ideal for downwind sails.

    Stretch resistance not good enough for upwind sails.UV and moisture reduces its strength.
  • Polyester Fiber

    Polyester Fiber

    Woven Polyester fabrics have been used for more than 60 years as sailcloth.

    Polyester is very durable. Good against UV. Economical. For high performance sails stretch resistance is not good enough.
  • Technora Black Fiber

    Technora Black Fiber

    High performance fibre usually used in laminates and membranes.

    High Tenacity. Low elon-gation. Good flex/fold characteristics. No creep. Moderate UV resistance (better than golden Aramid).
  • Vectran Fiber

    Vectran Fiber

    Vectran is based on polyester with aramid type molecular structure to combine the pros of both materials. Vectran is a quasi-polyester. Colour is gold.

    Vectran has good stretch resistance and does not deteriorate in use. UV resistance is better than Aramid, suitable for use on performance cruiser with main emphasis on durabilty.

    Flex resistance is better than Aramid. It is not as stretch resistant as Aramid.
  • Woven Polyester Fabric (Dacron)

    Woven Polyester Fabric (Dacron)

    Woven polyester fabrics are developed to a very high standard. Polyester is the most used sailcloth, known as Dacron, Tetoron, Terylene, Trevira and Diolen too.

    A very durable fabric, good against UV, flex and economical. Suitable for sails requiring durability.
  • Taffeta Fabric

    Taffeta Fabric

    Technically, Taffetas are all types of fine, light woven fabric (for example silk). Taffeta for sail production are tight woven polyester as layer on laminates for better resistance against UV, tear, flex and chafe.

    Taffeta can also be used inside two layers of film for a better flex.
  • LiteSkin, grey Fabric

    LiteSkin, grey Fabric

  • LiteSkin, white Fabric

    LiteSkin, white Fabric

  • Nylon Fabric

    Nylon Fabric

    Nylon can be woven very tight, fabric is light and strong.

    Very light, good breaking load. Good against flex and chafe therefore ideal for downwind sails.

 

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