I have just started selling the rebels in Denmark, so I may be biased...
Also this is the first inflatable I have used properly so I won't compare
it to any other inflatables.
I checked out the construction and it seems very well made. I can't see any
places which seem to be weak. In the 3 months of riding we have given them
we have had one puncture. We have three here, a 14, a 11.6 and a 9.2. The
14 and the 11,6 were I think early editions. The 9.2 we got recently has a
wingtip batten and the other two don't. I would assume that the others now
come with wingtip battens too.
The lines are nice in that they are colour coded. The bar is setup with a
5th line which makes reverse launch very nice. Also the 5th line is
connected to the leash so that when you release the bar, the kite stalls
and falls to the water without power like a foil. Its also very nice
because the leash is only 1m long, when you drop the kite, the bar ends up
2m from you, instead of the typical 10m with a normal inflatable kite
leash. I will post a picture at some point on my web site since I think the
concept is confusing for some people.
The big sizes come with a big pump, the 9,2 came with the typical small
pump. Each kite comes with a nice bag. The bag is a bit small, in that you
need to pack the kite nicely to get the kite in the bag.
There are one way ball valves on the struts and a normal valve on the
leading edge bladder. I have no problem with the valves. I find it an easy
kite to set up.
The depower loop is made with webbing which goes around the bar, not
through the bar, so wear is pretty minimal.
The kite is very well balanced in the air. I used it the first time I was
trying jumps and I stuffed up pretty well every jump and flew way
underneath the kite and each time the kite would just hang there with
completely slack lines and drift back until the lines were good again. I
don't know what the other inflatables are like, but I was super impressed
I am not sure what the upwind capability is, but on the first day I was
sailing with it, I was outpointing people with Naish ARXs. I have no idea
what their ability level was or what boards they were riding, so its not a
comparison, but just a statement that it has good upwind ability :-)
I usually use a flysurfer foil, so I am not used to having to pull on the
bar all the time to keep it powered up, so I got tired quite quickly. But I
guess this is a problem with all inflatables? Maybe a sheetcleat would be
The 14 seems heavy to turn for me. But I come from a foil background so I
may be used to faster handling. My partner was also from a foil background
but lately he has gotten used to the 14 and enjoys it more than his foils
now. So it may be just a matter of getting used to the slower handling?
As mentioned before I won't compare it to anything else out there. But I
will say that I have a great time with the kite, go upwind well, jump high
and float long, relaunch it well, have had no problems with them yet, so
for the price you can't really go wrong.
If you have any questions, feel free to write.
At 12:32 01-11-01 +0100, you wrote:
>Has anyone here tried the "Rebel" from Windtech?
>How is the Rebel compared to Naish, Wipika and NorthRhino...
>in construction and in the air?
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