So, with all of that said, we had a pretty typical fall teaser wind, where we have pre-frontal SW winds which bring in warm air as well as the ubiquitous marine layer limiting it to 10 knots roughly. The kite arrived on my doorstep today, so I figured oh well, I’ll go down to the beach, pump it up, maybe take a few pictures, and possibly put it up for a bit.
First thoughts out of the bag, the kite feels lightweight for it’s size, and the leading edge feels skinnier than typical. Everything else looks typical OR construction. Windalert showed basically 9 - 13 knots, mostly in the 10 to 12 range. I launch and was fully powered to the point I had to depower the kite for most of the session. I honestly am amazed at the power the kite had. I was expecting at best to mow the grass, instead I had absolutely no issue staying upwind, jumping, and doing whatever. It felt like what 15 - 17 knots would feel like on my 12m Cypher.
Turning speed is probably a touch slower than the 12m Cypher, but not by much, all in all, downloops, etc. were plenty quick and responsive. The kite drifted well while riding a surfboard, and was very stable with no fluffing. Absolutely no stalling. I loved it.
On the downside, I think it’s going to take some time to nail down jumping, I’m used to the snappy pull from the Razor, and my timing was definitely off with this kite. However, I think it’s more my issue than anything else, as there were a few times where my timing was lined up right and had really nice lofty jumps with decent hangtime. Again, I’m amazed I was able to jump.
All in all, this is the best product OR has released since i’ve been riding the kites. I love the Razor kites and their responsiveness, but I am honestly shocked at how well this kite preformed. Keep in mind of course, I’ve never flown any other lightwind kite (including either of the first two generations of Flite) and this was only one session. I’ll update and do a complete review once I get a few more sessions in.
PS - Just for s’s and g’s, I weighed myself with the Flite and my 12m Cypher to see the delta on the weight. The Flite came out to 7.8 lbs, the 12m Cypher 8.4. OR maybe able to confirm if that sounds correct or not.]]>
Flying characteristics in particular but any info would be great.
I am a new fan of these kites and now have 7m, 8m 2013 and 9m 2014.]]>
I love the way the 8m flies.
My questions are:
Can anyone comment if the other sizes have similar properties. Fast response, good bottom end and generally fun to fly. Curious about the 10m.
Is there enough of a difference in wind range to warrant owning the 7m? or would the 5m Storm be the next step. I notice that there used to be a 5m Razor but no longer.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.]]>
Does anyone have any tips as I have a few location in the Northwest I have been trying to add some locations but haven’t had an luck.