Okay, I know I've been a skeptic of Naish Kites for a while. I orginally
thought it was all hype and buzz and stuff. I always thought they were in
effeficent due to the fact that a little bit more than 1/3 of the wingspan
is producing lift that doesn't actually pull you or lift you.
Yesterday I traveled down to Neptune Beach FL. Jeff, from kitemare.com let
my fly his concept air 7.3 (i think that was the size; it seemed to be
utterly weak for the wind that we had. I guess I'm just used to my 8.5
c-quad). True, we only had 2-6 knots. Then we packed that up and brought out
has AR5 13.5. Big wingspan. High aspect. Yummy.
I was very suprised at how much this thing pulled for the little bit of wind
we had. The kite was very easy to fly (compared to c-quad neway). The
sheeting system work flawlessly. I can't wait to try a 15.5 out in the
occasional 20mph winds we have around here. (The 8.5 C-Quad was, well,
suicidial in these winds. I had a blast..could have used a harness though)
As soon as I get back from Europe (july 31-aug12) and get to test out an
Advance Io 9.5 (also going by thun, switzerland) I'll be purchasing a 15.5.
How much of a difference in the wind range is there between the 15.5 and the
I didn't get a chance to try to water relaunch the ar5 because of the
minimal winds (in fact there wasn't enough wind to kite surf..just keep the
kite up in the air) but I'm sure its easier than trying to relaunch a c-quad
(hehe, yeah, right)
Not sure how to end this message but I was amazed by the ar5. I can't wait
to try to kitesurf with it.
Eli Chancey a.k.a. PhiberKut]AfZ[
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