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 Post subject: North Rhino 05
PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 9:28 pm 
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So where are the the reviews?

I thought people got these kites weeks ago?

Whats the dope? Inquiring minds want to know!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 12:56 am 
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Rhino 5 = 2005 :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 10:55 pm 
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Yeah... no reviews to spice up the wait...


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2004 5:47 am 
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Saw a review on http://www.kite-surf.com


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2004 11:06 am 
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Location: Portugal - Guincho; Rebel2012 5m, 9m & 2011 7m; Amundson 5'9&6'
Dax wrote:
Saw a review on http://www.kite-surf.com

Those are old ;-)
Mine has just arrived!
The color is er... surprising... I will post detailed pics of the kite and 5thE bar (it's black) & some beach impressions tonight! Wind forecast is the worst possible...

Btw: these color schemes ARE TRUE!
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Guess what is mine ;-)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:36 pm 
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Location: Portugal - Guincho; Rebel2012 5m, 9m & 2011 7m; Amundson 5'9&6'
Some pics here. I will post comments at night.

http://gallery.kiteforum.com/gallery/albuv79/


Thankfully, it is much nicer live than on these pics taken with my cell phone...

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2004 9:05 pm 
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Location: Portugal - Guincho; Rebel2012 5m, 9m & 2011 7m; Amundson 5'9&6'
First mini-test in 12-15 knots - weather station at 30m above the cliff... almost 0 at the beach! (guys that pumped too late wondered how we where riding). Amazing how it flies. Turn on the dime confirmed (no Vegas experience...). Kiteloop ending pulling up. Little surf in 1/2m waves (surfer measure). No sining required (!!!) - this one really amazed me...
I think will have real fun with this new toy

5thE always with tention. No adjustments done. Still as it came. Remember there is the bungee... It was only for half an hour, so no time to full test. Trimmed the front pig-tails to correct left tendency but had no time to try as the wind dropped to real 0! (5 knos at the weather station).

Tomorrow the preview is that there will be wind!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2004 3:35 am 
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Hi,
Now after some sessions with R05: 12-15 knots short session + 13-18 knots huge session + 45min in 20-30 knots (yes 30 gusts) + 2h 13-18 knots.
I think i have a initial picture of the R05.
The main aspect is:
- It turns on a dime! Haven't ridden any mid-low ar kites latelly, so can't judge if it turns faster than the others with this goal...

- Jumps at least as high as R04 (in the 30 session you can imagine the jumps i had. unbeleavable!). This was my main focus in the last sessions as i heard rumors that it jumped less. Don't worry: it doesn't!
- Super easy jumper
- Kiteloops or ride-loops real piece of cake
- Requires more bar "hold".
- Surprised by the lightness of the bar! More present but still light (YES!)
- Very good depower (as long as you push the bar up). On-Off very evident . Can't say that is has a hyper astronomic one as i haven't made a direct-face-to-face test with the R04 (will try to do it this weekend).
- I found myself never having to adjust the depower strap (wierd...)
- When compared to a "traditional high ar kite" the other feels like a truck! Really impressive: after 2h session with R05 i changed to compare and couldn't beleave it.
- Constant pull in the turns (now i understand what this means)
- Hangtime if you hold the bar or use the microloop is very good. If you don't you drop down.
- Definitly better low end
- 5thE passing through the microloop is reducing the usage of the microloop... must take it out of there...
- After a couple of session, depower rope shows some wearout... must wax it... humpf...
About the 5thE, to tell you the truth i ignore it... Maybe i get more risks now that i have it... only time will tell. Still have to test if it is well tuned (stopper ball)... Still don't know if it is enlarging the top end of the kite. In the 30 gusts day i pulled 5th line once to killl a hypergust and it worked as expected :D

I don't have the feeling "oh my god this is really a super evolution" like i had with R04.

When compare R05 to R04, i would describe the R04 as a softer kite. I don't know exactly why, but it is softer...

I might prefer R05 to R04, but must ride more and get back to R04 to be sure. The improved turning speed is something that i imagine i will not want to let go!

Left turning tendency problem is still there and too evident. I am waiting for a "expert kite corrector" to find what i am doing wrong. But to tell you the truth, after having and riding so many kites and tested all the adjustments, i know this one has some problem and will have to be exchanged.

I am very happy with my new toy (really liking the color of it :thumb:)! hehehe! Very curious about the 16!

I have put some pics with comments here: http://gallery.kiteforum.com/gallery/albuv79

I hope this helps!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 9:54 am 
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Hi,
R05 16m LE is REALLY thin! Here is a pic comparing to r04 12m (12vs16).

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I wonder how will it be in the air :thumb:


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2004 11:08 am 
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Did any one tested the Rhino 05b size 16-18?


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