For years, sailors have relied on Ronstans alloy Battlesticks to help steer their way through tough starting lines and packed gate roundings. Now Ronstan has unveiled the 2.0 version of the Battlestick, which is built of carbon to shave weight and add strength and stiffness. Each carbon Battlestick is specifically designed and tapered for its length, ensuring maximum stiffness without increasing weight. The Battlestick relies on a UV-resistant urethane universal joint for a smooth-feeling helm from all steering angles. The carbon Battlesticks come in five sizes, ranging from 24 to 98; the smaller units are specifically designed with a smaller-diameter grip for smaller (read: younger) hands.
Prices range from $69 to $150. Ronstan International; 401-293-0539.