Yes people, the Psycho 12.5 is in Israel, and has been unpacked, and flown for the first time today.
The forecast was good. 13 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 18 knots, so It was to the beach, for an extended lunch break, to catch the wind starting, and then picking up. Upon arrival Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 10 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 12 knots. Weak to say the least, but perfect for the first time in the air. After a year of inflatables, it was kind of scary seeing all the bridal lines, but they slid apart and fell into place as if nothing was wrong. And nothing was wrong - everything was perfect! I had connected the lines and bar the previous night in my lounge, smooth as butter, then figured eight-ed them onto the bar, wing tips together, bar in the middle, and fold into a little parcel. Unpacking was just as smooth, all the way to the bar, a bit of sand on the trailing edge. Flapped the openings in the wind for about a minute, hooked to harness, and up, up and away!!
It flies smooth
Brought it to the zenith, felt like it would over-fly me, but it stopped exactly above me, and just hung there, waiting to be pulled into action. A few left and right turns, added to the smooth feel. Turning is comparable to any large kite in weak winds, but a very interesting thing is the turning pressure is kept steady, and reacts better, even when in full de-power.
Anyway, together with a local instructor (he was fascinated) we played with it on the beach for 30 minutes, as we thought the wind was too weak for the water, and basically, to get used to it a bit first. You can feel the power potential. Short runs, and then swinging it back through the power zone produced some nice, floaty, 2 meter hops on the beach. It wants to fly, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s true potential will come at 18 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 22 knotsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I have patience.
Enough on the beach, I wanted to feel the pull on the water. Grabbed my brand new Loose AX 150, and off we went. I was planning first try. A little downwind I must admit, but then it is my first time on a foil since over a year, and I hardly gave myself a chance to get used to it. As soon as you are on that line, she (Psycho) parks herself at 30 - 45 degrees and pulls. I was ecstatic, kept thinking, this is too good to be true Ã¢â‚¬â€œ how can it be so easy? IsnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t this supposed to be an advanced kite? In short it was great, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait for the winds to pick up, 18 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 22 knots is going to be perfect Ã¢â‚¬â€œ probably more.
Every little detail is made perfectly, from the thinner-than-competition-paraglider bridal lines, the extremely well stitched canopy, to the light, ergonomic carbon bar, de-power, chicken loop, etc, etc... German engineering at itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s finest
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: BigSmelly on 2002-10-10 00:18 ]</font>