Hello everyone, I am writing a review about the Caution 12m Zombie from Exuma Kitesurfing. I just want to let everyone know that I do ride for them, but will try and write the most unbiased review i can.
The Zombie 12m Tested a few days ago. All in all it's a good kite. I do not prefer bows as i still love my C kites and will probably never give them up. 08 Fuels. But if i was planning on buying a bow kite, the zombie would be one of my options in the lineup. The kite is smooth!!! I actually found this kite to be one of the smoothest kites I've flown and I found it to be more of a free ride kite than anything else. It's not very good for looping and i found the kite to loose alot of power when unhooking, but tricks were still manageable. The kite performs well hooked in and jumps similar to a c kite, but with the extra float of a bow kite. When jumping, I mean just boosting, the kite liked to be ridden almost full power if not full and it is extremely stable, kind of like how you just hang there under kite confident and now having to worry about being swung around like a ragg doll if something goes wrong on your takeoff or you send the kite to far to the other side of the window. Once you get the kite above you, it just sits there until your ready to do what you like. I'm not saying it's the best jumping kite It surely doesn't have the get up and go like my C kites, but all in all jumping it was alright. The kites turning ability was also nice, very smooth and predictable, not much area in the design for making the kite funk out and do jelly fishing or shooting to one side of the window unexpectedly.I haven't tried any other caution kites but this one seems to catch my eye if i was looking for a bow kite just to get me going and i don't feel like doing tricks, just hanging out in the waves or just cruising. All in all the kite was great for what it was made for, The bar on the other hand needs some work. It feels too light and fragile, something like you going to break it. and the bar ends are pointy and seem like if you bonk your head on the end accidentally your going to hurt more than say a Slingshot bar end. The front leader lines too, from the depower strap need to be checked out, its simple and everything but just having two larks head knots around a single knot doesn't really cut it if your always putting loads of pressure on the lines from unhooking. The general design of the bar though is simple and it works, there is really no need to change anything if you happily on your way just trying to get a session on the water. so here is my take on the kites features.
Kite: Great it's made for what it does best, Freeriding!
Handling:Great, smooth predictable, light bar pressure.
Construction: Excellent, We've all seen caution before, Bomb proof!
Jumping:Good, it's good if you want to go big, but not as good if you want to go BIG
One Pump design:Just like slingshot or cabrinha, or however many other kite brands used the same system.
Bar:Good, needs some tweaks but great for the all around rider.
Anyhoo, I'd give the kite Four stars out of Five. and heres some Pics!!!!