We got our first shipment of IMPACT SL's a few weeks ago and I finally managed to get the 7m out and give it a run this morning. We have been flying the new Tribal 2's and 8 9 and 11 mainly - there is so much top end we have not really needed anything else - but decided to have a look at the IMPACTs. The impacts have been designed to be a "predicatable" stable high performance kite geared towards unhooked and kiteloop moves and also with the short lines the kite looks like it will be killer in the waves. Out th bag the Impacts all have the new white bar - so far we have only seen the white bar on the 8 Tribal 2. The bar tapers towards the ends and is way more comfortable - and for unhooked it is really good.
The first thing you will notice when you pump the kite up is the aspect ratio 3.3 I believe - besides that it is that same integral config that the '07 Tribal and Rival use -
In the air the kite is extremely stable and really quick and sharp through the air - especially during a powered kite loop. - unhooked there is no trimming of the depower strap - like the Tribal 2 - it is set up straight up - so really nice -
The wind was around 18knots and I managed to get a run out to the back line and back - bearing in mind the 7m is supposed to be used in winds of 28 knots and above !
As soon as we have more wind I will give some more feedback on the kite - but so far so good. For me adding the 7 m Impact to my Tribal 2 9 and 11 and 13 will complete the coverage and close off the big wind 35 knot plus or down wind runs 30knots plus !!
Here are a few pics of the kite