Calikites 16 Rhino Review...
Felt exactly the same as Dave out of the bag. Big bag, long front bridles etc. Everything is up to North's high standards of construction, etc., though the bridles kinda threw me... There's a weird double pulley system. There's definitely some crazy engineering going on there.
A word on tuning... Hopefully those who have already purchased and are trying them out know that they all came with an extra pigtail on the rear lines. The little 3 inch pigtail is unnecessary. Remove them and keep them to replace the ones on Rebels or Vegas'. Also, the kite comes from the factory with the rear line connected to the forward connection point, but they tend to fly better if you move them a few inches back to the rear connection point. I'm attempting to attach a photo, but if you have any questions feel free to contact us.
I've had the 16 out for myself and a bunch of locals in a variety of wind conditions. The general consensus is that it's not a wave kite, or even a real all-around kite. It's speed through the window, which makes the kite perfect for racing and jumping, can be annoying when trying to surf, and is probably best suited for intermediate to advanced kiters. It is an aerial monster. It jumps like crazy and goes upwind well. The pull is good and steady, without risk of backstalling like last year's Rhino or this year's Rebel. Most of the Rebel fliers still prefer the Rebel for it's faster turning and superior depower. Guys doing advanced jumps preferred the Rhino for it's serious jumping ability and hangtime, even in light winds.
Relaunch is ridiculously easy, like the Evo, probably due to the delta shape.
If anyone has more specific questions or you want to demo this kite (or a bunch of others) feel free to email or call us. For those in San Diego, the North tour is here now and will be around tomorrow (Saturday). We'll be standup paddling and kiting as conditions warrant.
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