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My 1st impression of SST Wave 2016 12 meter kites

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Created by castill0jf > 9 months ago, 10 Feb 2017
castill0jf
VIC, 551 posts
10 Feb 2017 11:55AM
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note: I have a full quiver of NEO 2015

The kite pulls like a truck downwind, but when I go upwind I can feel the NEO is better taking me upwind
The kite pulls too much when I loop the kite. The NEO doesn't
The kite relaunch from the water a lot faster than the NEO
The kite inflation system is fantastic. Similar to NEO but I like the slingshot system better
The compact bridle system is smart. I am sure I will not get tangled lines.
I could not dump the power; I will have to change settings to report again. The NEO is better at dumping the power
The material is better than the NEO. The wing tip material is different. Time will only tell about what is better.
The drifting is as good as the NEO.
The current bar is 20 inch (50). I think the kite will turn faster if the bar is 62 cm. ( I will change the bar in the near future)
I had the same problem with the 12 meter NEO kite but since I converted the North bar to a 62 cm bar the problem is gone
This post is about my 1st impression of the kite. I will continue flying a kite and report soon.
I flew the 2017 12 meter kite back in January. I think it was quicker to turn but I can't remember the size of the bar
cheers

omg
137 posts
10 Feb 2017 4:29PM
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Sorry, but just to check that the kite wasn't oversheeted?

castill0jf
VIC, 551 posts
10 Feb 2017 7:29PM
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I don;t know because it was my 1st time flying the kite. The kite didnt fly over me when I pull in the bar. Also it didn't back stall at any time. cheers

castill0jf
VIC, 551 posts
11 Feb 2017 3:49PM
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Second-day kite surfing on small waves.
the wind was light may be 10 to 15 max.
riding on a Vanguard Tomo surfboard.

I changed the front line set up to be shorter and the kite fly better

Looping and the dumping of power are better. Also the upwind.

The kite doesn't turn quick but it is ok. With stronger wind that will improve (I hope)

What I like of this kite on the 2nd session are
1- easy on the bar pressure.
2- The kite is stable on the air
3 - the kite stayed on the air when the wind was 10 knots or less
4 I like how strong is the leading edge. When I self-launch the kite turn on its wing tip and launch









Floter
VIC, 95 posts
12 Feb 2017 10:26AM
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castill0jf said..
Second-day kite surfing on small waves.
the wind was light may be 10 to 15 max.
riding on a Vanguard Tomo surfboard.

I changed the front line set up to be shorter and the kite fly better

Looping and the dumping of power are better. Also the upwind.

The kite doesn't turn quick but it is ok. With stronger wind that will improve (I hope)

What I like of this kite on the 2nd session are
1- easy on the bar pressure.
2- The kite is stable on the air
3 - the kite stayed on the air when the wind was 10 knots or less
4 I like how strong is the leading edge. When I self-launch the kite turn on its wing tip and launch










Are you local,bonny Chelsea area ?
woudnt mind a good look at ur kites.

castill0jf
VIC, 551 posts
12 Feb 2017 10:00PM
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Sometimes at Chelse but only when the direction of the wind is west.
Today I took the kite out in winds from 10 knots gusting to 30 knots. I am impressed with the kite.
The kite turns a lot better when the winds is above 15 knots. When it was 20 + looping the kite would pull me downwind too much. The kite is solid. I am happy with the kite. I think the NEO is better but they are two different kites. I was able to park the kite while surfing the 1-foot bay wave today. Would I buy another SST kite? Yes .
I will list what I like about this kite.
Stable when I was over power.
Park feeling
low bar pressure
the compact bridle
the quality of the kite I think is a bit better than the NOE
the inflation system
how easy to relaunch or launch the kite

what I don't like of this kite
pulls too much downwind when looping the kite
the 12 meter is slow kite to turn.

cheers



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