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Aluula Review

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Created by bjw > 9 months ago, 31 Jan 2020
Leighbreeze
NSW, 509 posts
22 Aug 2021 9:24AM
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dachopper said..
Oh yes.... and I think I hit a sea critter.. doing about 18 kts and bang I go completely flying off the front, body drag to get the board back and on the beach 3 big scratches half way back on the underside of the rear stab... and that's it.


Lashed out bought a 14m Aluula Roam for those light wind KiteSurf arvos. Am a 105kgs though.
Will try this arvo at my local hopefully 10-16kt n/Easter range on either 5'5" Fish or 150cm Nomad wave.
Hopefully have some feedback.

dachopper
WA, 1585 posts
23 Aug 2021 3:32PM
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Just saw the rrp for DLAB juice 13..... brings a tear to my eye.... $4000 aud without bar lines or pump.

shred
WA, 41 posts
23 Aug 2021 8:19PM
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dachopper said..
Just saw the rrp for DLAB juice 13..... brings a tear to my eye.... $4000 aud without bar lines or pump.


Looks like Aluula is getting picked up by other manufacturers. Ocean Rodeo pricing is looking like a bargain. The wind range of these kites is the big surprise.

dachopper
WA, 1585 posts
24 Aug 2021 1:05AM
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shred said..

dachopper said..
Just saw the rrp for DLAB juice 13..... brings a tear to my eye.... $4000 aud without bar lines or pump.



Looks like Aluula is getting picked up by other manufacturers. Ocean Rodeo pricing is looking like a bargain. The wind range of these kites is the big surprise.


I still haven't quite tested what the range is Vs a "normal 12m kite" for twintip riding. For foiling they destroy the bottom end and handling of everything else I've ridden, but for twintip I'm not 100% certain. My gut feel is the bottom end might be slightly lower or the same as say a 12 mono... while the handling at this speed is superior for the allula.

So hard to make a direct comparison, If I was riding a fridge door instead of my 140 the other day when people were cruizing around on 15 / 17 meters.... I probably would have been fine, but it's hard to tell... I was just slightly underpowered on one of the tacks in those conditions on a 140.

Leighbreeze
NSW, 509 posts
25 Aug 2021 6:20PM
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Leighbreeze said..

dachopper said..
Oh yes.... and I think I hit a sea critter.. doing about 18 kts and bang I go completely flying off the front, body drag to get the board back and on the beach 3 big scratches half way back on the underside of the rear stab... and that's it.



Lashed out bought a 14m Aluula Roam for those light wind KiteSurf arvos. Am a 105kgs though.
Will try this arvo at my local hopefully 10-16kt n/Easter range on either 5'5" Fish or 150cm Nomad wave.
Hopefully have some feedback.


Not the feedback I wanted but found the top end of the 12m Aluula Roam on my Nomad Wave TTip.
25-30kts fully depowered.Forgot my 10m but needed an 8 or 9m.Blame Willy weather for downgrading report but was very wrong.Canopy stayed firm mostly until depower down the wave.But really impressed how well it handled being overpowered.
The frame of these OR Aluula kites are amazingly stable and solid but light and turn quick in the larger sizes.
still love the 8-9m in that wind.

dachopper
WA, 1585 posts
25 Aug 2021 6:59PM
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Leighbreeze said..

Leighbreeze said..


dachopper said..
Oh yes.... and I think I hit a sea critter.. doing about 18 kts and bang I go completely flying off the front, body drag to get the board back and on the beach 3 big scratches half way back on the underside of the rear stab... and that's it.




Lashed out bought a 14m Aluula Roam for those light wind KiteSurf arvos. Am a 105kgs though.
Will try this arvo at my local hopefully 10-16kt n/Easter range on either 5'5" Fish or 150cm Nomad wave.
Hopefully have some feedback.



Not the feedback I wanted but found the top end of the 12m Aluula Roam on my Nomad Wave TTip.
25-30kts fully depowered.Forgot my 10m but needed an 8 or 9m.Blame Willy weather for downgrading report but was very wrong.Canopy stayed firm mostly until depower down the wave.But really impressed how well it handled being overpowered.
The frame of these OR Aluula kites are amazingly stable and solid but light and turn quick in the larger sizes.
still love the 8-9m in that wind.


That is quite a top end for a 12 meter !

dachopper
WA, 1585 posts
25 Aug 2021 11:35PM
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I had a fly of a year old 14.5 meter ocean rodeo allula flight today, and noted some big interesting differences to the roam.

It flew much more like a conventional higher aspect ratio c kite, that is much ..much slower turning. Power delivery is more constant than the 12 roam, and flying through the window the roam was significantly faster and lighter to turn than the 14.5 flight.

Regarding the turning, I was able to effortlessly loop my 12 with 27 meter lines and 39cm tiny bar, compared to the 22 meter lines and wide bar on the 14.5, the roam was about 2 or 3 times more responsive in the stated configurations even with tiny bar and long lines.

Also worth noting the wind was super , super light, like around the 4-6 kt mark. Getting up in these conditions was a challenge , definitely foil only, and once up, both upwind and downwind was limited on the 12, and visibly less so for the other super big kites ( 18 meter sonic for example ).

The other thing I noticed was the allula yellow colouring had started rubbing off the leading edge ( or maybe flaking off is a better description ) , leaving a white cloth looking material. The guy has been riding it all the time for over a year in all conditions, and aside from the cosmetic looks the yellow missing didn't seem to cause a problem. Again I dont know if that is a feature of allula, or a feature of what ocean rodeo asked for in the paint factory... or maybe early batches... or the hot weather exposure.... time will tell.

dachopper
WA, 1585 posts
28 Aug 2021 2:07PM
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Another light session yesterday, but slightly stronger than before, maybe 8 - 10 kts, mostly 17 and 15 meter kites everywhere,

What can I say about the Allula roam, the comments about it being underpowered on the low end I think are unjustified.
The smallest kite out was a lady riding a 12 meter with a large board... we are talking around 160cm front door.

I got up and riding on the 140, albeit going slightly downwind on my board. Fairly confident if I was riding the ladies board I would have had no problems.... or with the 140 I think to be Fully powered I would need 16m+,

I think it's fair to say the following as a wrap up.

The bottom end of this kite is low or as low as you'll get for a 12 meter.
The foiling bottom end is lower than the other light weight 12 meters ( single strutt ).
The relaunch is considerably lower than all other non allula LEI's
The top depower and top end feels as good as you'll get with other 12 meters, and is considerably better than single strutt light weight kites.
The manoeuvrability of this kite in light wind, and for a 12 meter, is like most 9 meters, even with a small bar, and even in light wind and 27 meter lines I can almost pivot kiteloop the kite. ( It doesn't pivot loop though, it just turn very tight and is very fast across the window ).
For travelling, this thing packs up small and is probably one of the lightest 12 meters on the market under 2.4 kg.
the looping is easy and the drift is also good for wave/surfing or charging towards the kite.


Cons-
Because of the low drag, high speed fast turning nature, it's not that suitable for the average joe to be trying Big Lofty jumps, because that is not what you get. It's a bit like being attached to a deflating balloon that wants to go everywhere, and if you don't direct / steer it then you don't get much lift. The Dlab Juice looks to be the opposite of this, more conventional and slower turning, more lofty and with more float if you want a more conventional super light wind kite. I think the drawback for that design is going to be a lower top end, but remains to be seen.

As I said one of the other allula kites had the yellow paint delaminate on the leading edge allula tube after a year of heavy use.....will this happen to all of them - no idea, It didn't appear to affect the kite other than cosmetics for now, and I guess maybe the ability of the leading edge to absorb water... maybe. On the plus side his kite is now even lighter :)

dachopper
WA, 1585 posts
6 Sep 2021 6:54PM
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Another ride in very light conditions today, 41 degrees and 50% humidity.... not much power in the wind. Myself, another on an 18 meter sonic who was going much better than me in the lulls and for directions and an 17 meter Airrush ultra on a big front foil, about 20% bigger than mine. I was surprised I could get up at all. When it was around 9kts I could start to crank upwind, but in the 6 kts lulls, it was really in those conditions the limit. The extra square meters of the kites really come into play. Everything except massive 1 strutt or foil kites would have been falling out the sky ( hence only 3 guys riding )






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