I was planning to write a review of the new kite today, but after the flying I decided not to. As already mentioned, the winds were a tad on the strong side, actually at times above the kite’s … comfort range. So I’m afraid I’m jumping to conclusions if I write my review based on today’s experience only.
The kite definitely felt much better those few moments the wind dropped, so I need to go out there again once the winds are in a more appropriate range for this light (wind) kite. It looked really good in the air though!
But what I can say something about is the lines and the handles! So let’s take a closer look at the lines first.
The Line Set
They come nicely rolled up on a sturdy winder and everything is held in place by a useful bungee. All lines are sleeved and in pairs. Sleeving is colour coded (red and blue) so it’s easy to keep the front lines from the break lines. No twists appeared when unwinding the lines. The lines feel very smooth when you let them run through your hand seemingly able to handle a few twists. …and they did!
The lines were indeed smooth and I ended up with quite a few twists without compromising the steering. I must say I was really surprised about such a nice line set being included!
A couple of negatives though. One pair of lines was a couple of centimetres shorter than the other significantly noticeable when flying. No big deal and easy to remedy for an experienced pilot, but I can see frustration from the novice
Also the sleeving was too thin IMO. This allows the larks head knots to become really tight and troublesome to open. A sleeving with a slightly larger diameter would remedy this.
But as a line set included with a (very) reasonably priced kite, I’m impressed! Especially when it comes to smoothness and the ability to keep on flying with many twists in the lines.👍
Then over to the handles. Like I noted in the unboxing blog post of yesterday, they do look good! They works great when flying too!
They lie nice in my hands with just the correct diameter of foam for my likings and pivoting well on my middle finger when just guiding the kite in light winds.
One thing that would improve the overall impression is to use a thicker (and stiffer) cord for the leaders. The really small diameter cord combined with the same small diameter of sleeving made the larks heads almost impossible to loosen for field adjusting. I will definitely replace the leaders with something more heavy duty!
But again… quite a good overall impression of the handles.
Now, just let’s wait for the winds to calm down a little!