I have a possible answer for our difference in test results with hang time. I found the hang time to be better than my 20m R2. Because the R4 depowers so much more than the R2, you have the ability to “kill” your hang time more by jumping in the chicken loop and landing with bar away from you. You are essentially causing yourself to fall by depowering the kite more than what you experience with the R2. You see the R4 depowers more when the bar is away from you. This makes you fall sooner. You can pull the bar down while jumping, but do you hold the bar down all the way until you touch water again? Most people do not do this. They pull the bar down to jump, but let it back out on landing.Toby wrote:
I felt a difference in the hangtime. The Rhino2's hangtime is better.
Maybe it will be compensated by the higher air, but you feel the difference when landing. The Rhino2 guaranteed a soft landing (when you know the jumping techique....) and the Rhino04 brings you down harder.
I was told that too. Now that I've ridden it, I'd say it's changed more than you might think. It's a more loose rear line kite. It goes upwind better. You ride a little faster, but nothing like the 14m. The turning felt the same to me. Power was very good. I think power to get going in light wind is why they say it's like the R2. Other than that, it's quite different.Toby wrote: From what I heard the R04 20 is almost the same as the R2.
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