50675Re: Replacement kites
- Mar 31, 2002The reason you haven't narrowed it down, is because you can pick the
brand, or even simply the color you like the best.
Yes - if you want flying characteristics like your old AR5's - then
you should choose a Naish Aero or Wipika Hydro, which are very much
alike your AR5's - they pull very steadily all the time, and are the
easiest of all to relaunch, and fly very stable - and a lot of
wakeboarders/trick specialists use these kites today. The advantage
of the Aero and Hydro, compared to your AR5's - is they have much
bigger wind range.
But some of the other types you mention, are true full performance
kites, which are somewhat different to what you are used to.
They fly a lot faster, turn quick, and develop a lot of spontaneous
lift for jumping, and the upwind angle, and capability to depower is
enourmous - compared to your AR5's.
They don't pop up from the water by itself, like you are used to.
They will easier tuck forward - luff and fall, than other kites.
The Wipika Airblast or Takoon Skoop are born with bridles - which
gives you a totally different non-muscle ride, if you like that - and
they are equipped with fasteners so you can just fly without the
bridles if you want a setup like you are used to.
But regarding upwind performance they are quite superior because of
the AR (which requires bridles on the big ones, to relaunch
The Airblast has the most extreme wind range of all, but not the same
low end as other brands.
The Naish AR2, Airush Lift, Cabrinha black tip, Slingshot Fuel, F-One
etc. - are all excellent high performance kites, and the bigger ones
should be possible to relaunch because of slightly lower AR.
The North Rhino is an extremely good compromise between handling /
realaunchability (lower AR) and performance, and very good quality.
You will not be able to find "one" kite that is better than the rest.
If they are better at one thing, they are worse in other respects -
and vice versa.
But newer kites are a lot better than last years, and yesteryears
kites, regarding almost everything.
You might find one kite that YOU find is best for your needs - and
thats what matters !
Keep in mind - what is important for you ???
:-) Peter Frank
--- In kitesurf@y..., "flyingvetuk" <pliversage@h...> wrote:
> At present I fly naish ar5's and they are now starting to show
> of the leading edge going( dotted line effect) so have decided that
> they require replacement. The only problem is what with. I have
> followed all the threads for the last few months and in the end
> have not narrowed it down that much.
> Was initially thinking of changing to North Rhino, then the naish
> (main reason is that it appears that the aero has similar Ar to my
> current kites), also considering the airush lifts and now that
> is brining out the X2 that is a consideration as well.
> can anyone please give me a comparrison of the above kites (bhe
> if someone knows something about the x2 other than the techsheet
> posted on another forum)
> thanks in advance
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