We flew for about an hour in 1-3mph winds. The kite performed like a
champ. We went through about 6 different adjustments trying various
settings. We went from Slow and precise to fast and tighter turns. It was
everything you could ask for.
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>We flew for about an hour in 1-3mph winds. The kite performed like a
>champ. We went through about 6 different adjustments trying various
>settings. We went from Slow and precise to fast and tighter turns. It was
>everything you could ask for.
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Here's my take... it does just what Prism says they wanted it to. If you
read between their lines, it's designed as a competition/team kite (I
think). And that's what it does great, but that doesn't make it something
I need. I'm more interested in the new freestyle kite.
As far as performance on the precision kite, I'm not a precision flyer...
As for tricking it, it does great fades, headsprings, fade launches. In
stronger winds (over 10mph) I couldn't get it to turtle well, but that's
true for me other Prism stuff too (like Illusions). Half axels also
seemed a little strange. Once the kite got to the nose away position, it
would return to flying by dropping a wingtip instead of raising. Err...
flying right to left, half axel with the right hand, it looks nice up to
the nose away position, but then instead of having the left wingtip rise
up to start flying back to the right, the right wingtip drops and the kite
looks like it is falling and ends up flying off to the right, but a good
deal lower in altitude than I'd want. But I only had about an hour flying
it, so maybe I just didn't have the right technique. As the wind dropped,
half axels got better and things like slot machines were pretty easily
done. I almost got a flapjack out of it once (got the rotation, blew the
re-landing) and then couldn't get anywhere near it again.
It also makes a passable buggy engine when there's enough wind (got up to
7 mph buggy speed with it) :)
I guess I'd say it looks like an excellent competition kite, but there are
other things I'd rather fly on my trips to the field like OuterSpaces and
Phantoms (once I get myself one).
So, will there be a demo period for the other new kite too?
This kite is pretty stinkin' cool. Between R&D at the hill and time
at Nationals I've flown this kite for about 5 hours or so, and while
that's not alot of time, it is enough for me to begin to have an
I think people who like to fly smooth and graceful are going to love
it. Being a larger kite, it has a very steady pace across the sky,
absorbing bumps and swirls very well. Tracking is exceptional, and
the graphics are striking, making this a very captivating kite to look
at. (lets face it, it's hard to miss in the sky!)
The one aspect of this kite that makes it a real departure from
traditional precision kites, is that it does slack line stunts
extremely well. Everything from fades to turtles to 540's and
groundwork happen! Most of them in an almost agonizingly slow and
beautiful way. As a flyer, I got the feeling several times that I was
as much a spectator as pilot, engrossed in watching this huge kite
float its way through 540's. Very cool.
Another thing that suprised me was the amount of tuning options.
Between the bridle and the stand-offs, there seems to be alot of
variation possible. I've flown it from 1 mph or less, all the way up
to 18 or so, with nothing more than a quick re-tuning. The amazing
thing is that the kite was really flyable in both extremes. Once
again, very cool.
I think that, like any new kite, those of us with hands used to other
designs might need alittle time to grow accustomed to this one, but I
can't help but feel that the rewards will be well worth the effort.
(especially for pairs or teams looking to "trick-up" their routines)
Now for the disclaimer. I am an admitted Illusion junkie, so I'm
bound to like just about anything Mark designs, BUT, the only reason I
like these kites as much as I do, is that they fly so damn
wonderfully. If they didn't fly well, I'd be flying something else.
For What It's Worth,
Seriously kind gentle folk, we've been here before, haven't we ? The initial
postings regarding the Illusion (and the Ozone and....) were pretty fullsome
in their praise, dare I suggest it, at the expense of a little objectivity.
If I may make a small request: if in composing a few notes on these latest
two offerings from Seattle you find yourself:
c) both of the above
please think twice, no make that three times, before actually posting it. You
know it makes sense.
BTW I've bought an Illusion. 'S nice. I can do lots of neato things with it.
Then again I can do lots of neato things with other kites as well. Prism
deserve praise for their products but let's not go too far.
And anyway, Dodd will get jealous. :-)
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