quick review on the new 17.5:
So I’ve had the 17.5 Flite out of the bag and flown, but only got it to the water yesterday.
Yes, I like it. This is one GREAT lightwind engine!!
My first kite ever was a 16.2 C kite from brand “C” of many years ago (2003 Black Tip, for you know-it-alls). That is still a usable kite, but over the years I have owned several other large lite wind kites in order to access light-wind snow riding and get on plane on water when the rest of my bro’s are standing on the beach. Also, on snow, floating a large kite down the mountain after jumping ranks as a must-do experience…...must-do over, and over, and over.
So…........with much past experience on beloved other “zeppelin’s” (big kites) in my checkered past (checquered???? past), I put my new 2012 Ocean Rodeo Flite 17.5 Meter Kite in the air, picked up my Mako 150x34, and walked to the water’s edge. On this day, I had previously ridden a 10M Razor and 12 Meter Rise, and as the wind lessened, I was HAPPY! The 17.5 was there for me. My bro’s 15M Flite was there for him.
Ultimate summary: If you closed your eyes and were told this was a 12 meter kite, by feel and handling, you’d believe it!!
>turning speed!!! The problem of a large kite being a slow-to-turn kite HAS BEEN SOLVED! Turns on a dime, this 17.5 Kite!
>light steering pressure!!!!!! Oh my goodness, this is the most well-behaved large kite I’ve ever….......
>light sheeting pressure!!!!!! ” ” ” ” ” ” ” ” “
>floaty jumps!!! I guess this would go without saying…...and I will be loving this kite on snow in the next month or so!!
>wind range!! The wind came back up, and this kite was still flying as the other boys got back on the water on 12’s, 11’s, and I handed it off and got out the 10M RAZOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>kite shape!! it amazes me that OR was able to design and manufacture such a large kite that holds it’s shape perfectly. I have seen kites from other manufacturers that do not, but this is one TIGHT, SMOOTH, Aerodynamic beast. I should add that I own an old OR Bronco Ckite that has held it shape all these years. I expect the Flite to be good like-FOREVER!
>Never even a hint of “back-stalling” or back-flying!
>Never a hint of “Hindenberging” or “over-flying”!
I hate to do this but…negatives:
>that’s a big kite!!!!!!!! 150 pumps to fill it.
>I’ll keep looking for other negatives. I suppose all I could add is that depowering or “trimming” effort is high with this large kite. It’s a good thing that it’s such a well-behaved kite with easy sheeting effort and sheeting out allows good power control!!
That’s all for now.
Please comment, question, and add some verbiage if you have a new 15M Flite, or whatever.
Ice on the puddles yesterday morning in Anchorage, Alaska, by the way. Yikes!
edited to add: I just realized that the first kite I owned was not the Black Tip. It was a 9.5 Ozone Frenzy ram-air foil that I used on snow before trying the liquid snow. same year.