Together with the «First impression» video I can supply with some impressions in words. I had my second session with the Cronix 10 today:
The Cronix is extremely lightpumped. A good pump and a high diameter on the walve gives the lowest pump effort I have ever had. It’s easier to pump the Cronix than a Switchblade. There is no locking mechanism, only some soft rubber or plastic material around a slight conic mouthpiece that fits into the walve. This might be a problem in strong cold, but it might as well function even under such conditions.
Cronix comes with lines connected, just as all other Flysurfer kites. This is not normal for pump-kites. In combination with the self-launcher this gives meaning. Someone has thought some thoughts about this issue at Flysurfer. Instead of turning your kite upside down when you have finished the pumping, you simply connect it to the already filled sack (you have to fill it yourself first of course) of the self-launcher. With the lines connected you simply now walk out the lines and launch the kite. Shortest rigging time ever. If you see trouble with the lines when you start the launching, you interrupt and fix it. Safe and simple. I’m stoked.
In standard mode
Like many other kites, Cronix can change mode through moving front and rear line points on the wingtip. So far I’ve only flown the Cronix in standard mode/out of the bag mode. I believe there is a reason for putting a kite in “standard mode” from the manufacturer so therefore. The kite flies excellent. It’s a freerider made for playing. Fast turns, responsive, controllable but it prefers a trained pilot. It does exactly what you tell it to do, and it does it fast. My last kite-experience was with a Cabrinha Vector 13, and this is a kind of opposite. Everything is tight and turning, not that every-condition-power-control-in-the-bar-thing. I felt like a child in the playground.
This is a feature which is difficult to be exact about, because human experience is close connected with our prejudice. Keeping this in mind I find that the Chronix gives extra power, more than normal, when pulling the bar all the way in. The extra force is delivered without stalling the kite, and this is very special. I believe that my experience is true, the adaptive airfoil is a real innovation.
Cronix makes an impression of being thought thorough all details. E.g. on the wingtips there is a sheltering semi-hard plastic foil, covering the points where the flying lines are connected with the kite. This, I believe, has two benefits. On one hand the wingtips is critical due to aerodynamics, on the other hand this a point of wear and tear. Where lines run through rings these are wide, knots are small and tight and avoided through sewed loops where possible.
Cronix in standard mode is a high end freerider with a light bar pressure and a direct and fast reaction to steering input. It feels well to ride and it’s got the fastest rigging time for any pumpkite yet.