[quote author=“hiway12”]I found the 12 to be a really slow turning kite. any noticeable speed gained by shortening the lines? how much power loss?
Make sure you sheet out the bar after you intiate the turn - you need to allow the kite to open up and build speed through the turn. In general, to get maximum performance out of the Ones, you really need to be very active with sheeting in and out - once you figure this out, you will find the kite performs very well. If you sheet in the bar and keep it held in while the kite turns, it won’t turn nearly as fast.
Are you using a 50 or 60cm bar?
Taking off the extensions will make the kite extremely fast, but you need to be well powered for this to work. If the wind is light and you have to work the kite, you will not be happy with the short lines.
I have played a bit of “swap the bow” on 12m kites (11 sonic) lately with some mates lately, I was out for 4 hrs yesterday is strong up and down winds. I have tried the Best waroo, GK sonic and crossbow. I can’t get my head around that you think it’s slow turning kite. I don’t want to rubbish any kites but they all had a few minor differences and the 12m one is a very very smooth, fast kite. Everyone who has tried mine except one (one mate unless everything he ownes is slingy he’s not a happy bloke) has pretty much come away saying “F me! That’s a nice kite”
This is a persoanl preference but the OR kite is the only one with an effective stopper of the kites I have used so far.
I have to ask, is this another one of those marketing gimmicks where you go onto a companies website and rubbish their products?
I am a builder from Washington DC and a 2 year intermediate kiter. flown a few other brands bows and am not hawking one over the other. I just spent over $2000 on OR kites on the strength of my Pyro Classic and my Session harness. Compared to the 3 other brands (no names, so I can’t be accused of pitching any one brand) this is the slowest turning and slowest re-launching bow I’ve ridden. If I’m busting thru some deep chop, I don’t want to think ‘gee did I sheet out properly on that turn?’ yes OR builds some GREAT products, am I happy with this kite? NO
No it is not a design fault and it is not slow turning.I’m not sure what your doing, but something is wrong with your setup or flying, if you think the 12m One is slow turning.If you want a tractor style kite I suggest getting an old C kite built before 2002.There you will find a super boring kite to fly, but will pull you like your behind the wakeboard boat.Every kite takes some time to learn how to fly.Or kites are one of the best flyers if not the best.Once you get the feel of these kites(which is not hard)you will find they are way more fun and “efficient than all others out there.We all have our own opinions and styles.I’ve tried most brands of kites and could be using anything I want but the bottom line is that Ocean Rodeo makes the best kites on the planet bar none. Dean
why is everyone questioning the set up? all lines equal without the rear kook-proofs on, 3rd knot on front, only knot on rear. these are just really slow turning kites. I gave my 12 to two of the oldest kiters on the east coast, Ty Luckett and Trip Forman, between them they have flown every bow on the market. Both of them said ‘nice kite, really slow turner’. is everyone afraid the OR hitmen will come and beat them up?