Re: ARX first impressions
- My 11.5 arx is three feet longer than my 11.5 ar5!
--- In kitesurf@y..., David Trewern <david@d...> wrote:
> I picked up my new ARX 9.5 yesterday, and used it tonight and last
> The materials seem pretty similar to the late model AR5's, maybe a
> tougher. When you pump it up, it seems very similar to AR5, the
> the same size etc.
> I have noticed the Cabrinha strut bladders are huge - I think this
> make the kite more stable.
> Incedentally, A friend of mine has a two line Cabrinha and loves
it. He says
> it leaves his old 8.5 Wipika free air for dead. It's higher AR, and
> responsive, more stable and generates more lift. He reckons he was
> easily another 5 feet on his first session.
> Anyway, back to the ARX... The bar is pretty cool - smaller
> the longhorn (which I like). It has the dodgey old Naish safety
> I changed it to a re-ride style in 5 minutes. Just add an O ring
> rubber ends, and pass the leader through with a ball stopper in the
> The rubber ends of the bar are pretty dodgey, but seem to work
fine. I think
> I will actually use this bar instead of my longhorn - which is
> something. The longhorn is much more solid with it;s horns, but I
am sick of
> wearing through leaders.
> The bar could have been much better - but it is 200% better than
> Naish bar. It's lighter than the Cabrinha bar, and has the trusty
> loop and strap included.
> I really didn't expect the kite to fly much differently to the AR5 -
> does. It is definitely much more balanced and refined. It seems
> stable, and doesn't do the Jellyfish manouvre at all. In big gusts,
> speeds up and slows down, but the whole kite holds its shape and
> smoothly. It seems to sit differently in the air too.
> I also think it has more top end because of the way it slices
> air in a balanced way -without the wobble. Then again, the lack of
> might also have been a result of the fact that the kite is brand
new and the
> bladders etc are very stiff.
> At the end of the day, I kitesurfed better than I have for a while,
> managed heaps of succesfull 1080's which I haven't really done
> might have been sue to the kite being more stable and predictable -
> it was simply phsycological!
> It's probably only a minor difference to the Ar5, but it is a
> improvement none the less. The bar sizes are perfect, and the
> lengths are what I would want too.
> Doesn't really seem to turn any faster (but maybe more precisely) if
> anything I think slower - but it could have been the feel of the
> kite feels great through - no complaints.
> They really should ship it with a better leash system though...
- --- In kitesurf@y..., bitme1234@y... wrote:
> My 11.5 arx is three feet longer than my 11.5 ar5!Does the aspect ratio look higher in the air, or does it simply look