kitenb wrote:I finally had a chance to really ride my 9m Nano in some decent size waves in Puerto Rico last week(which by the way, Puerto Rico rocks...had a great time). I have a full quiver of Thrusters, which I love, and have one 9m Nano I got for wave riding. I am really happy with my decision to get the kite. Here are a few comments:
-Pull: Very steady pull..reminds me of my C shape kites I used to have. Great for bottom turns, as it provides a steady pull through the turns. No pivoting and waiting for the kite to regain power:
-Speed of the kite: perfect.. very fast, but not so fast you lose track of it. Really turns fast when you pull in on the bar a little at the start of your bottom turn.
-Low End: Didn't have a wind meter, but winds were probably around 20mphs or so? Lots of guys on 10, 11, and 12m Kites. Low end is great.
-Settings: I added an extra knot on the back line attachment point closest to the kite about 3cm's in. Gave it a little more power than the factory settings. From what I hear, you want to do this on all the kites.
-unhooked stuff: only did a little, as I was there to ride waves, but for the few unhooked tricks I did, it was super stable. The kite just sits there..lots of power to edge against. I think this would be the ultimate freestyle type kite as well for riding waves.
-jumps: The thruster is still the better jumper, but I was really suprised with the jumping on this kite. I wasn't super lit on the 9m, and it still jumped really high and keeps you up there.
-quick release: I've been using the new Eclipse bars for the past 2 months on all my thrusters, and I finally got to test the quick release on the chicken loop. Not planned, but I accidently pulled the quick release handle while out about 3/4's of a mile at the reef. After kicking myself in the ass, for being a dumbass, I remembered seeing a video somewhere about being able to re-attach it on the fly. I didn't think it would actually be that easy, but it worked. Took like 2 seconds and was super simple. Love the concept on this...
Long story short, the Nano is a pretty awesome kite. I love my Thrusters, but am going to spend a lot more time on the 9m Nano now, and may look at a bigger size for riding waves in Florida in the summer.
wytcap wrote:More to follow.
I did see a picture of a new Nano in Maui, would like to hear about that?
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