The standout feature of NeilPryde masts is the unique flex and bend curve. Our shorter masts are close to ‘flex-top curve’ while longer masts are closer to ‘constant curve’ - this is why we call it the Progressive Flex and Bend Curve. The distance from the mast bottom to the boom is relatively constant between all mast lengths. Short masts are supported by the boom head at a relatively higher point than long masts. To compensate for much less ‘flexing length’ above the boom, short masts will have a relatively softer top section compared to long ones as there is much more sail area above the boom that needs to be supported by the mast.
All NeilPryde mast models of the same size will have the same bend curve. This means you are not limited to a particular mast model to match your sail. The curve will only differ across different mast sizes, regardless of the model. Because of the importance of the sail and mast relationship, and the complexities involved, it is essential to use a NeilPryde mast with a NeilPryde sail. This ensures you can benefit from the full wind range on offer and spend minimal time tuning. All NeilPryde masts are designed with the NeilPryde Progressive Flex and so when used with a NeilPryde sail they have the correct shaping, twist and ability to remain stable in variable conditions. Higher end carbon masts have a faster reflex response and so the mast will return to its original shape with more speed creating better acceleration, speed and control.