Bill wrote:Thinking of replacing my 16m kite. Is the 11m GK Sonic really a replacement for 16m low end?
Do you know if/when GK Sonics will be avialable in the UK and how much?
To answer your question Bill... after flying the 11m Sonic in a wide variety
of conditions, I really dont think it will replace a 16m c kite. But, it will
definitely replace a 9m, 12m, and 14m and maybe even a 7m. We tested
it aginst a 12m Curl (which is a pretty grunty 12) and the Sonic definitely
had more pull. The day before that I flew it comfortably in 40mph gusts.
The whole key to the flight charachteristics is the KPO system that Mat
Pendle designed. It flies the kite perfectly balanced on the front lines. You
can fly the kite over your head with no lines on it by just holding the two
pulleys. The kite will hover in one place and balance itself in the gusts! You
can do this with a foil, but it wont rock like the Sonic. The Sonic rocks back
and forth to depower itself in gusts but stays perfectly balanced. Its the
worlds first SmartKite!
The bar pressure is so lite that you have to be carefull not to sheet in past
the sweet spot. Especially when jumping, you have to let the kite breath
by letting the bar out. When riding unhooked, make sure the front lines
are pulled in enough to let the kite fly fast and you will get incredibly high
floaty jumps. Its a nice kite.