Following the recent information on the new RRD freestyle kite "Obsession" (viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2349549&p=535340&hilit=rrd#p535340)
, RRD has now released some pictures and information on the new freeride kite RRD Passion
From what I hear it is a super stable and grunty kite. It has a slower turning speed than the more aggressive freestyle kite Obsession, which makes it suitable for beginners and well as freeriders in general. A guy who tried it said it was a kite like the F-One Bandit, only a little more aggressive/fun.
RRDs own release information:
"Simple and incredibly efficient â€œ
A new line of hybrid Delta kites that evolves from the rest. Specifically designed with lightweight features in mind, these kites are juts a pure surprise. Stable, powerful, very easy to re-launch and very easy to de-power. Will make anyone feel like they have always been able to kite.
Easy progressive de-power
Medium/light Bar pressure
Technology of construction:
- New SPS system with a new designed inflating valve
- LE Parallel seams for maximum strength and lower stretching
- Insignia double tape leech
- PVC round label strut end protectors
- Metallic PU strut end reinforcements
- DP 175 LL Dacron
- Tejin T9600 Canopy
- New moulded struts protectors
- New PVC Inflating valves protectors
I tried the first time the Passion during the 2009 RRD Photo shoot in Egypt. Thatâ€™s a Delta Shape Kite. I tried first the 13, which is the biggest size, since the first day the wind was really light. However, the Kite delivers an incredible power. The 13 is powerful at least like a normal 15 or 16 kite. I tried the first jump, and itâ€™s really easy to go in the air. Thanks to this power, I was even able to make some Board â€“ Off even in this really light wind conditions. I think it was around 12 knots. the passion also have a huge depower: if you push the bar to the limit, you donâ€™t have anymore power, and this depower is really progressive.
But I discover one of the best advantage of this Kite when my kite falls one the water while I was doing some Unhooked Tricks. The water re-launch is SO EASY. You almost have to do nothing to re-launch this Passion. Just pull on a back line, and the Kite goes directly to the Windows Side and re-launch immediately.
Maybe this Kite is not the best to make some Handle Pass and new school tricks, but with the right settings itâ€™s still possible.
With strong wind I tried also the 9 passion, and this is also a really good kite. With this Kite I made some INSANE JUMPS!
But, of course, with full control of the power.
The Passion is not a fast Kite. You canâ€™t be surprised. And thatâ€™s good for a freeride kite. Of course itâ€™s possible to make nice kiteloops too!
To Resume, the Passion is a Kite which will fits most of the people. Itâ€™s a really good kite to learn, with the small Size. And itâ€™s also perfect for everybody who wants a kite to make everything. Thatâ€™s THE freeride Kite.