Cheers for the info guys...
.....I got one and I'm already hooked:D
First flight today:
15m2 Chrono V2
5 - 10 knots
Kiting Experience - 12 years
Previous Foil Experience (Peter Lynn Arcs years ago, open cell foil kites on land, 1hr with Flysurfer pulse 2 on water)
Flown both Static and on Hydrofoil (Axis Raceboard and Taaroa Sword2)
Line length 24m - Modified Cabrinha Race bar
Wind direction - On - Side on
First impression -
Buzzing!!!. I was expecting the transition from LEI to Performance foil to be a little tough, with the V2 it wasn't. I planned to fly static and ride only twin tip until I'd got the measure of the kite but I felt comfortable with it straight away. A lot less quirky than previous foils I've flown/ Foilboarding has revolutionised my kiting and I think this kite might do the same to my foilboarding!
Set up, launch and land
Super easy set up, launched and flew without any tuning hassles. Bridles are a lot more robust than Chrono 1. Interestingly the kite came packed in a concertina fashion to protect the leading edge battens I guess. Wondering if I should try packing it like this also???
Launched easily without preinflation - hot launch and just like Hardwater's video it inflated in seconds. No tip tuck. Also tried the cobra launch which was very controlled and again hassle free. Landing by reversing is straightforward, although landing it in the exact spot where I wanted it was trickier than I thought.
In the air and on the foil
Lightish bar pressure but direct feeling through the bar. Suprisingly a little like my edge. I never needed to check where the kite was whilst riding.
For a big kite it was pretty quick to turn considering the low wind speed. It also climbed very easily to the zenith after a powerstroke or loop. The AR is lower than I expected having seen so many Chronos and R1's. I've not been able to find any data telling me what the AR is, any ideas?
Once up and moving on the foil the V2 came alive but in an amazingly smooth manageable way allowing me to concentrate on avoiding logs and seaweed and generally rip around.
Power through the loop is very smooth and progressive during both the water start and gybes (touchdown for me at the moment). Nice and lifty whilst up above for foiling Tacks too. I think foil tack and gybe progression will be better with the Chrono than with my previous kites.
At times I really was a little afraid as it was some of the lightest winds I've ridden in. I was sure that I'd need to swim/drift in. It was close. It will happen at some point for sure ( just as it did with the LEI's)
Speed and VMG on the foil was good but I'd be interested to compare speed and upwind angle with the original Chrono.
Water relaunch and Flagging, fortunately I didn't need to today but I will test and practice when I reach warmer cleaner waters...
Super stoked and can't wait for some stronger winds to see how she boosts and slides.