I was lucky enough to try out the 9.5m Prodigy on tues. I have to say I was a little skeptical seeing as it is marketed as an easy to fly kite and I am more into the high performance end of things.
Out of the bag, first thing I noticed was the wicked design! This kite looks great! The new bag is pretty spiffy too. The next thing was the large sturdy looking leading edge. Looks like it would survive a crash or 2 into the cook st cliff!
Pumped up and got out there and right off the bat surprised with the amount of power. Looked pretty light and onshore out there, but I was cranking up wind no problem! The kite is not quick and zippy like a Razor, but more smooth and steady. Turns are a bit slower to initiate, but once it starts it rips through them. This feature will be great for beginner and intermediate kiters that have trouble with the kite drifting around the window as they are concentrating on other things. Bar pressure is a bit heavier than a Razor, but steady throughout the range. I was riding full till and I sheeted the bar all the way in just to see what would happen. Kite drifted slightly back in the window, then stopped. I kept going upwind with minimal loss of speed. Great feature for those bar squeezing noobs. I bombed over to Ross bay to join all the other kiters and try out my first jump. WOW!!! Can you say hang time Very nice relaunch too! Didn’t even touch the bar, kite just rolled over and sat at the edge of the window. Ate it on the first few jumps as it jumps very differently than a Razor, but some nice buttery smooth lofty landing once I had it figured out. Water was flat and wind was steady so I tried unhooking her. This thing rocks unhooked The kite just sat there with a nice steady pull. Usually I am doing all I can to keep the kite in the air after a landing(unhooked riding not quite my forte) but the Prodigy just hung out around 1030 while I fumbled with the bar and chicken loop trying to hook back in. Bombed back over to the launch as the wind was dying and noticed the bottom end on the kite. I played around for about half an hour before I realized there were only 2 kites left out of the 20+ when I started Decided to try a few kiteloops for shits and giggles, but again surprisingly landed a few! Once it starts to loop… it goes around fast with a lot of loft on the landing Even stomped a big F-16 and Kiteloop Railie on the first try
Final thoughts on the Prodigy. Pleasantly surprised on all fronts. The OR boys have been talking a lot about the kite but it never really sparked my interest. After riding it has grabbed my attention! For me I will be stoked to try teaching with this kite and think I would take her out for a ride on the lighter days or when I am wanting to try some handle crashes In big winds or big surf I am going to stick with my trusty Razor
Get out and try one! I’m sure you will Love it
...the 2013 Razor will also knock it out of the park.
Official news on this kite will have stay locked in the vault until September,..sorry about that!
Would you give some hint of any changes? At least if there are some a tidbit of what characteristic/component of the kite may change. I am wondering if I should pull the trigger now, or wait…i.e. if you are only changing the colors/inflate valve, these don’t matter to me, hence buying now, but if you plan to alter some major performance feature, I may try to hold out.
great to see the interest!
We’ll post something as soon as possible,....still busy selling season for 2012 products so we have to respect the market timing.
2013 Razor is refined over 2012,...no big changes like the intro of FST last year (forward swept wing tip) last year. FST is still front row center in 2013.
Tried out the Prodigy 14m the other day w the JT Pro 142 and quite liked it. The kite has a bit more bar pressure than the Razor, but not too much and the kite handling has a nice feel. Very direct and you know where the kite is at all times. According to a friend, I was holding ground in 9/10knots and I’m 180/5 lbs. Tried the kite for some unhooked tricks and it seemed solid. Tried it in the waves w side shore wind soo lots of slack in the lines and the kite handles well - no nose diving or otherwise. Although the wind was mainly light, hangtime seems decent. Turning speed a bit toned down from the razor. Decent relaunch. 3 struts and 3 pulleys in the bridle. The leading edge is a bit beefed up, so I suspect it to be pretty solid in gusty conditions.
First time on the JJ 142 and I was very pleased. Much better than my Cabrihna Custom 144cm. It’s much lighter at 9.8lbs. (including foot pads and fins) and the pop doing unhooked tricks is way better. With the Cab. custom I needed to be almost overpowered to get enough pop and then passing the bar felt like a death defying stunt! The JT 142 seperates from the water w less power in the kite and lets you go for it with less consequence. Looking forward to spending more time on this board and it’s sort of renewed my interest in riding a tt.