2010 Rise Kites:
Update in performance -
Our winds are still cranking here in the Gorge, which is great for testing the new Rise kites. So far I’ve flown the 9m, 8m and 6m. I flew the (2010) 9m with the 09 OR bar at the AWIShow “it flew flawlessly” light to the feel yet powerful” yeah!
Being a shop rider I ride a few other brand of kites as well, although the Rise has been my favorite this past year. So I know how the 2008 & 2009 kites should fly. My session on the 2010 8m was interesting using a X-brand bar. I have used X-brand bars on the 09 Rises at times when the Demo kites in our shop had the (uh) bar missing, but not a big deal.
The interesting observation with the 2010 kites is that X-brand bars may be out of calibration; as in my case the front lines way too long and the throw (sheet line) minimal. With this scenario you may experience some “back flying” with the new kites. I have found that the OR bar tuned correctly is the best bar for these kites. The extra long throw will come in handy on the high end/range of the kite. A bar with less throw will leave you overpowered.
Anyway I flew the 2010 6m Rise today in nuking winds approaching 40mph, and it flew flawlessly. The difference from the 09 to the 10 was that the kite felt solid the whole time where the 09 was a bit softer. When the super gusts blew by, the kite projected forward and the canopy stayed solid. Jumping was great tho at a 155lb I was lit the whole time.
Looking forward to the new bars; I like the simple, safe approach especially when it gets crazy windy out there.
Stoked OR rider,