TechnoPrisoner wrote:I am a satisfied owner of a 07 Raven 14m
i need to get a small kite aswell so i thought it would be nice to get one Helix 9m.Well,the thing is that Raven is supposed to be something like a Hybrid/C shape kite with a 1:1 shift system bar and a few days ago i had a ride with 06 Shockwave 7m(30knots) and a 06 Boxer 12m(18-20knots) both on 2:1.I really didn't like the feel of the pressure from the bar compared to the Raven's bar.I had to put much power so i could have both kites powered compared to my Raven where i have power all the time without having to pull the bar much.
Now the question is,Is Helix gonna feel like these bow kites?what if i ride the Helix in 1:1 mode?will it respond more like my Raven?
First thing; The Helix is not a Raven. That said, I've had some sessions on my Helix 9, last one today, and the kite is amazingly nice..and I think it shares many aspects with the Raven.
The similarities with the Raven is the bar pressure, in 1:1 and that you have a feeling for the kite through the sheeting....I've only ridden the Helix once in 2:1 and it worked...but I still think I will be using the 1:1 the most.
The jumping, I actually think the Helix does better, and not only better, but with more hangtime.
it does jump similar though, with a big pull and good boost...and you can send it super hard..., not like many of the SLE's where you go up fairly slow...on the Helix..if you throw it like you would your Raven, you get that back breaking pull (YAY)...you can jump it like a bow though, and get the slower ones as well.
I had a go on the 14 Raven and it is a nice kite for sure, the comparison with the kites as far as it goes the 14 will of course be turning A LOT slower. The helix 9 is super fast and works for all the things I've tried it..I have not tried it unhooked yet...but had a great session in the waves today....I think the biggest difference between the Raven and the Helix is the kite loops. I have to slow them down a little on the Helix, it simply turns so fast..once you get them though still gives you that certain monster pull if you want..or at least I'm getting there.
All in all I think you'll like the Helix...but then again, I can't understand how anybody can dislike that kite. The helix also does share some similarities with the SLE kites..I think in many respects the kite takes the best of both worlds and make it something new and better...I don't know if that makes any sense. you have better wind range on the Helix than the raven...the usable range is extended as far I've tried, and there is a nice little stopper feature on the bar, that I've been using to ride toe side no handed in the waves...a lot of fun to play with...and it also follows better than the raven ever would in waves. I relaunches better than the raven.
I am super stoked yet again...after my session today. I went out on my 9 in 15 mph...(range 10 - 21)...and the kite worked very well. I had a blast for sure. so much fun.