mig27 wrote:I rode the 9m2 for a few minutes this week in waves, riding my TT. Although the kite is good I found the bar bad in two ways:.
Worst feature is the all black colouring IMO. I can't believe that in 2007 any company would still release a kite with an all black bar?
Agree, although the left "o-shit" handle is red. That was my reference. But a red colour on the bar should be mandatory on ANY kitebar!
- depower on the chickenloop does not work well. It is if you pull off your loop when sheeting in..
I am sure we are having a language issue here, no insult intended ok?
I would like to know what you mean by your comment above, can you try to explain again?[/quote]
It is just a small problem of an international community wen talking about technical issues.
What I mean is that you can adjust the maximum power of the kite by an adjuster. On a Naish bar for example you have a depowerstrap you can use to trim the amount of power in the kite.
SS did not use a depowerstrap or clamcleat like North for example, but they chose like Liquid Force to have a 1:2 reduction with a clamcleat mounted on the chickenloop. When the wind picks up, or you come from the water (or walk to it) you can sheet in this line. But when try to do that it cost a lot of force and effort. And when there is not much power in the kite you almost pull the chickenloop off your spreaderbar instead sheeting any line in. Same of the LF 2007 bar on the Havoc for example.
- when you steer the kite and it generates power (most kites do generate power when turing) the bar gets jammed so you cannot power or depower as long as you steer the kite. It has to do with the size of the whole in the bar..
I never found this to be true, the centre hole is large and I could sheet in, or out when steering the kite??[/quote]
The local distributor of SS took the kite to our beach to give us a go. Everybody noticed this problem. When we took a close look at the bar we noticed the centerhole is on the top of the bar (facing the kite) very small. You feel a lot of resistence when sheeting the bar even when the kite is not in the air (when someone is holding the depowerline for you to check this problem). Also after a months use the depowerline reminded me of my old North bar: pretty worn already due to the small centerhole.
I did like the feedback from the bar, the stability in the air standing still on the beach and on the water. Jumping is easy and nice hangtime.
Yeah the feedback is excellent, and you can feel the kite self adjusting AOA but it still feels stable and you know where the kite is without looking at it. [/quote]
yes, I fully agree!
Also another thing, which maybe only applies to the 9m2: I was testing the kite in very gusty, unstable wind. The difference in windspeed between average and gust was pretty big. With the other kites I used that day (North R7, Rebel7) I could dump a lot of power just by sheeting the bar out.
The Rev has a long depowerline (which you can shorten on the fly with the excellent sliding stopper, equal to LF 2007 bar). But it feels if sheeting out does not depower so much. It could be the circumstances, but my other kites have a bigger reduction of power when sheeting in the same distance.
This is a great feature when doing freestyle and tricks, but for waves it is not that good, although the kite turned fast enough for it.