Got the very first AMP 14 last week.
Out today in perfect wind.
It is a bloody Powerhouse !
I think this 14m2 has the same power as the Airblast 16m2( 11.8 )...
The AMP 14 turns even faster than the Airblast 13.6m2(10.0).
And one BIG difference:
You can fly 100% on the backlines (with slack frontlines) - without stalling the AMP (it will just slow down of course) !
And 100% on the frontlines works just as well as on the Airblasts - amazing.
And absolutely no jellyfishing any more.
The centre is wider than the Airblast, and the tips are narrower.
Don't know if the upper windlimit is better on the Airblast, yet (one would expect so...), as I have not tried overpowered conditions with the AMP.
But I went out today fully powered, with the AMP 14, and my Airblast 13.6 - to compare and test.
The details are improved all over.
Coloured matching pigtails and line sockets, segmented front tube and struts, kevlar reinforcements on the tips and struts. Emergency handle, hidden multiple connection points, no drag from the front tube seam - as it is totally smooth (seam is placed on the upper part instead). Better velcro valve lockings, and valves turned on the side to avoid drag.
Smooth strut ends - can not catch a line any more.
Bar comes with really short leader lines - and a free running safety leash through a ring.
This means you don't get the leader lines to "stick" after multiple rotations.
And the pulley for the bridles has been moved further forward than the normal connection points.
This means you get better feel with the kite, and more depower range - and you are still able to make a reverse relaunch at any time !
Only problem with bridles could be the missing leader lines (for reverse launch that is).
These are my first impressions of the AMP !
Kindly - Peter Frank
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