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Edge v9 power

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Created by ste A week ago, 9 Feb 2018
ste
WA, 367 posts
9 Feb 2018 7:12PM
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Does anyone agree who owns the new v9 edges, that the top end is much better and awesome performance, but the low end power isn't as good as the older edges, v8-7-6? I'm on the 9 mtre and doesn't quite have that low end pull like the older versions.
still an awesome kite! The high end is what I got it for.

cauncy
WA, 5828 posts
9 Feb 2018 7:43PM
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ste said..
Does anyone agree who owns the new v9 edges, that the top end is much better and awesome performance, but the low end power isn't as good as the older edges, v8-7-6? I'm on the 9 mtre and doesn't quite have that low end pull like the older versions.
still an awesome kite! The high end is what I got it for.


Wouldn't have a f......g clue ste


ste
WA, 367 posts
9 Feb 2018 7:52PM
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Blaaaaaaah!

cauncy
WA, 5828 posts
9 Feb 2018 7:55PM
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Jason from west oz gave me a run on the 9 up at coros, and later the 10 at woodies, for me the 9 was my preference, i noticed a massive improvement in the 9 on previous events models , the 10 felt pretty similar to the older model, it's been beefed up a tad so that might account for a couple of knts, it depowers a lot more I found on previous model, I had load of fun riding waves on my tt where the older model would always pull you from the wave and needed aggressive edging to stay amongst it, jumping on the 9 reqd a lot less technique, I found you needed to oversend the 10 to get it spot on, nice bloody kite though, new bar felt great too, new material and stronger construction in the struts might also add to its stability in its upper ranges

Greenarrowz
206 posts
Saturday , 17 Feb 2018 2:49PM
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Bottom end imo is definately better....

It turns more willingly than previous models allowing you to extract more out of the low end wind range by looping tighter.
The entire canopy just feels more intergrated and as one....
Maybe its all the added reinforcement..... beefed up struts, steer panel , leading edge, and trailing edge struts are a nice addition , these all add up to more
Stable wing.

Make sure your pigtails are on the right way because the V9 runs "uneven length" tails.

On one of my V9s the pigtails on the kite where reversed by me from new and it had no bottom end... i refitted them to factory default and got a gutload of bottom end back.

Its an amazing wing.

theDoctor
NSW, 4256 posts
Sunday , 18 Feb 2018 9:34PM
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I find my 13 has similar bottom end to my zephyr

But no where near as good in the waves

Top end belongs to the edge

ste
WA, 367 posts
Monday , 19 Feb 2018 4:48PM
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My god I had an awesome session on the v9-9 edge at safety bay today! This kite just keeps giving and giving. I spent more time in the air than on the water. And what capped it off and more importantly, my daughter got up and riding on her lesson.yehaaaa!!!!

Plummet
4109 posts
Monday , 19 Feb 2018 5:38PM
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If it turns faster and has better top end, but the low end is worse. What does that mean?
Kite size is smaller.

Ozone admit that the number on the side of the kite isnt the actual sq meter size. They quite commonly upsize or downsize kites in their range year on year to make it "turn faster" or "have more bottom end" or whatever the latest market trend is!.....

Ozone Kites Aus
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Monday , 19 Feb 2018 9:33PM
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Plummet said..

If it turns faster and has better top end, but the low end is worse. What does that mean?
Kite size is smaller.

Ozone admit that the number on the side of the kite isnt the actual sq meter size. They quite commonly upsize or downsize kites in their range year on year to make it "turn faster" or "have more bottom end" or whatever the latest market trend is!.....



That's just not true Plummet.
Where are getting these "facts" from?

The Edge V9 does not have a worse bottom end. it has better range because it can be turned tighter and worked easier through the lulls and it has a better top end because the bridle and canopy design and profile have been fine-tuned through the new software and Rob Whittalls experience. This is evident if you actually fly one the canopy luffs perfectly right across the span of the kite, spilling power smoothly and a short pull in on the bar powers it up again.

Kite sizing by all brands is a bit of mystery, has been since kiting began, and there have certainly been some brands that have exploited the number on the side by upsizing but keeping the number the same. Ozone went the other way back when the Reo's were first released as everyone remembers.
Now and since then they have aimed to keep their sizing consistent with the industry "measurements".

Ozone has switched to a Version system for their kites, nothing changes except colour in the second year. Kites are identified by the V number.

Over and out.

ste
WA, 367 posts
Monday , 19 Feb 2018 8:31PM
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Agreed! Don't listen to me about the low end. This kite is awesome and probably had my best session on it today for sure.

eppo
WA, 6384 posts
Tuesday , 20 Feb 2018 7:39AM
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Higher aspect, more apparent wind driving kite to edge of window seemingly better low end for park and ride numpties.

New one less of a race kite hence .... doesn't mean it has a worse bottom end

ste
WA, 367 posts
Tuesday , 20 Feb 2018 8:04AM
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Park and ride numpty, that's me! Blaaaaaaaah!

Puetz
NT, 2047 posts
Tuesday , 20 Feb 2018 11:22AM
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Ozone Kites Aus said..


Plummet said..

If it turns faster and has better top end, but the low end is worse. What does that mean?
Kite size is smaller.

Ozone admit that the number on the side of the kite isnt the actual sq meter size. They quite commonly upsize or downsize kites in their range year on year to make it "turn faster" or "have more bottom end" or whatever the latest market trend is!.....



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Kite sizing by all brands is a bit of mystery, has been since kiting began, and there have certainly been some brands that have exploited the number on the side by upsizing but keeping the number the same. Ozone went the other way back when the Reo's were first released as everyone remembers.
Now and since then they have aimed to keep their sizing consistent with the industry "measurements".


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... example,,,, here are 2 x 17m kites,

A 17m Zephyr and a 17m Dyno.... one of them turns way better than the other but the other has more power!!!!





Plummet
4109 posts
Tuesday , 20 Feb 2018 5:16PM
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Puetz said..

Ozone Kites Aus said..



Plummet said..

If it turns faster and has better top end, but the low end is worse. What does that mean?
Kite size is smaller.

Ozone admit that the number on the side of the kite isnt the actual sq meter size. They quite commonly upsize or downsize kites in their range year on year to make it "turn faster" or "have more bottom end" or whatever the latest market trend is!.....




....

Kite sizing by all brands is a bit of mystery, has been since kiting began, and there have certainly been some brands that have exploited the number on the side by upsizing but keeping the number the same. Ozone went the other way back when the Reo's were first released as everyone remembers.
Now and since then they have aimed to keep their sizing consistent with the industry "measurements".


...




... example,,,, here are 2 x 17m kites,

A 17m Zephyr and a 17m Dyno.... one of them turns way better than the other but the other has more power!!!!






Classic.

Ozone Kites Aus
NSW, 601 posts
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Tuesday , 20 Feb 2018 9:50PM
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Puetz said..

Ozone Kites Aus said..



Plummet said..

If it turns faster and has better top end, but the low end is worse. What does that mean?
Kite size is smaller.

Ozone admit that the number on the side of the kite isnt the actual sq meter size. They quite commonly upsize or downsize kites in their range year on year to make it "turn faster" or "have more bottom end" or whatever the latest market trend is!.....




....

Kite sizing by all brands is a bit of mystery, has been since kiting began, and there have certainly been some brands that have exploited the number on the side by upsizing but keeping the number the same. Ozone went the other way back when the Reo's were first released as everyone remembers.
Now and since then they have aimed to keep their sizing consistent with the industry "measurements".


...




... example,,,, here are 2 x 17m kites,

A 17m Zephyr and a 17m Dyno.... one of them turns way better than the other but the other has more power!!!!






Both are superseded models now though. Was the Zephyr "small" or the Dyno "large"?? Speaking to a customer today he was complaining that BWS Noise pro kites are underpowered compared to the latest kites from North and Ozone. I suspect that even though BWS understated the number on the side, they are slow flying and less efficient compared to the latest 2017/18 wave kites, so they struggle for power now, but back then they were regarded as "very powerful"!

I think the ordinary users posting here all agree though that the Edge V9 has more useable bottom and range than previous models.



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