Flew my new 16m yesterday for the 1st time in winds that seemed too lite.
A downwinder in 8 or 9mph, and then in a patch of pinched air about 300m’s across..where it felt like 10 or 12.
I could easily stay upwind in the patch, and spent some time there.
All I had with me was a 50cm bar too…the specs call for a 60cm.
First and foremost, the kite holds air, whew!
I thought about self launching, but then I accepted the help of a dude named Jacob who was hoping for a session and volunteered to give me a launch.
Smooth traction and beautiful tracking is what struck me right off, rock solid at 12 o’clock with my hands off the bar in 8 or 9 mph.
Easily put me and my mako wide on a plane in this wind speed, but I did not even bother to try staying upwind this 1st session.
The tide was out and I wanted to do about a 1/2 mile downwinder.
I had really pretty darn good board speed pointed slightly off the wind, and easily captured that apparent wind zone.
Then I played with how the kite flew at the edge of the window, and fiddled with the sheeting to see how it flew at different angles of attack.
When I loaded up the rear lines, it resisted dropping back in the window, which is interesting.
This could be a very good kite for unhooking.
Using a 50cm bar with the bridal on the forward points of attachment, it turns just about as fast as my 05’ 20m Yarga, smooth and slow.
I could loop the kite with smooth power, and almost pivot it in place with x-treme bar input.
I think on a bigger 60cm bar this baby is going to be just like rock and roll man!
The traction builds up very smoothly…you can really feel it.
The 07’ 14m and the 08’ 16m have a very similar low end, its hard to tell without a back to back.
The 16m however feels like it can fly faster out of a lull.
At about 12mph, I could literally feel the vents kick in.
The huge vent seam seems to give this kite a slippery feel.
It flys forward with a noticeable good punch right into the edge of wind window.
Gosh, that vent seam seems soooooooo huge!
A big meshy gash across the center of the kite!
Way more air is passing through this than the 10m, and the 6m’s vent seems small now!
I could jump head high, maybe a bit more in 10 or 12, and the glide was amazing!
My 1st power stroke had me gliding about the length of my lines and was so smooth…this is when a rock solid slippery yet tracky kite is so nice to fly…during the glide, or I guess the descent from the apex of the power stroke jump. The vents seem to add a ram air smoothness the the inflatable dynamics.
I think I like the idea of having a big meshy gash in my kite now.
side by side of the 07’ 14m (red) and the 16m venturi (green)