Concept Air kites
- Hi everyone,
>Hi Jon, I've used the 4.9, 6.3, 7.2 & 9m Con Air kites, as a TOTAL beginners
> I'm poised to take the plunge and buy a used 9M Concept Air kite.
> However, before I do , I'd like your opinions on these kites.
> I'm a beginner at kitesurfing and was looking for a kite that will
> get me on the water in our light Florida winds. I want good
> performance but I have no ambitions on anything more than weekend
> recreation at this sport.
> Any opinions, experience, or insights on the Concept Air kite would
> be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks All
> Jon Lees
kite I would say they are pretty good. I think as the bug grabs you, you may
want to change to other kit later on.
The ones I used were 2000 models - they are set up on 3 lines 2x steering &
1 x brake/power up.
They are well constructed and will take heaps of abuse, I flew mine
constantly over the period of a year, stacked them into the beach and the
sea at various times and sold them all in good condition.
Water relaunch is excellent, if they land nose down just pull the centre
line and the kite will reverse up. (We tested mine on the water and it still
went straight up after 20 mins)
You can solo land launch very easily.
The only down side I would say is that they have no de-power as such, and
they are 'an old school kite' but if you are learning in light winds I
wouldn't say this is too much of an issue - it just teaches you kite control
& edging :)
Things to check:
Rips and tears: if they're going to break they normally go on the bridling
points - this is usually because you've got loads of water in the kite and
your trying to drag it by pulling on the bar. (Not a good idea) Just make
sure repairs round these points are suitably reinforced.
They also have a 'variable speed system' which is a set of 3 knots that
enable you to adjust the angle of attack of the kite, by changing which knot
your flying lines attach to.
As a beginner, I would suggest that you check that your kite is set up on
the bottom knot as this puts the kite slightly further back in the window.
This stops it from 'luffing' making it more stable - particularly useful
when you're struggling to get your board on & have to take your eyes off the
Also check your brake line - when you are flying the kite with the strap
fully out the trailing edge should not be 'cupping' the breeze, as you pull
the centre line in it pulls the edge to curve in to the wind.
My personal favourite was the 6.3, I found the 9 a little slow, but I'm
relatively light so my usable wind range on this kite was quite small.
For more info try http://www.conceptair.com/english/kite/kit_the.htm
Most of all Enjoy!!
- I'm suprised Concept Air has not come out with a kite that has true
depower. One of my friends uses an open-cell concept air kite with
the variable speed system for kite skiing (in winter) and he says
moving the knots makes a realy noticable difference in the speed and
power of the kite.
Two years ago I was thinking of getting a used one and trying to rig
it to get on-the-fly adjustment, but by the time I had the spare cash
the Boom and flysurfer foils were available so I just saved for one
of those. Has anyone tried messing with their concept air to get a
working sheeting system?
--- In kitesurf@y..., Mick Pilcher <mpilch@b...> wrote:
> They also have a 'variable speed system' which is a set of 3 knots
> enable you to adjust the angle of attack of the kite, by changing
> your flying lines attach to.
- --- In kitesurf@y..., "hink_trent" <hink_trent@y...> wrote:
>Has anyone tried messing with their concept air to get aIan Young was selling a system for Concept Air kites about 2 years
> working sheeting system?
ago. I never saw it, but it sounds a lot like the systems that come
standard on some foils now.
- I once tried the set up of the depowering system used in some
moskitos(?) deforming the wing in a "bat" shape (pulling the central
chords thus reducing the projected area) but it sucked.
I think Concept Airs fly at their best as they are. They are so
finely tuned that any changes in AoA or shape decreases dramatically
I used to have a 7.2 CA and still have (since the very early and
dark stages of kitesurfing) a CA 4.8 which I will never dare to sell
even though I regularly sail with inflatables.
--- In kitesurf@y..., "kiteboardingjapan" <nick@h...> wrote:
> --- In kitesurf@y..., "hink_trent" <hink_trent@y...> wrote:
> >Has anyone tried messing with their concept air to get a
> > working sheeting system?
> Ian Young was selling a system for Concept Air kites about 2 years
> ago. I never saw it, but it sounds a lot like the systems that
> standard on some foils now.
- --- In kitesurf@y..., "Ro" <rodr1g0@y...> wrote:
> I think Concept Airs fly at their best as they are. They are sodramatically
> finely tuned that any changes in AoA or shape decreases
> their efficiencysell
> I used to have a 7.2 CA and still have (since the very early and
> dark stages of kitesurfing) a CA 4.8 which I will never dare to
> even though I regularly sail with inflatables.The very first kite I ever used was a CA 7.2 EX. We found that
adjusting the AoA according to the wind conditions dramatically
increased their efficiency. I'd love to try the kite again now...