I had the opportunity to test the SS Machine Octane size 12 yesterday.
Weight : 72 kg
Board :SS Sx132 with TFC fins 6 cm ( great fins by the way )
Skill level: good question, I would say half way from beginner to intermediate with basic jumps , some wave riding , some transitions
My normal quiver: Diesel 9- 05 , Diesel 13- 05 Machine 17,5- 05 with one line.
I said my normal quiver because I sold Yesterday my 9 kite and will sell my 13 to pay for the Octane 12 which I ordered after testing it.
We where a bunch of people at the end riding this kite, because it created such an expectation that I was not able to get another ride on that kite because 4 more dudes wanted to have a ride too......
The kite looks like a high AR kite .....maybe because the wing tips are wider comparing to the Diesel and Fuel , and on the air it really looks like a much smaller kite ( like a 10 ) but only.
This is 100% a mini Machine just 6 square meters smaller and the flying characteristics are for my taste very similar
So..... everything I am looking from a kite this one has them all.
Stable: wow just park the kite at 12.00 and go for lunch.....
On the water: very, very light bar pressure , great feeling turns wow again like a 9 kite but for my taste the 9 use to be a bit nervous because you have to correct the trayectory of the kite and with the Octane just tell the kite ( more or lees ) where you want it to stay and finish again very stable fly......great
Because this kite flies further on the wind window it took me some time to get the timing right to be able to jump......wow again I think this kite is a really high jumper and even better hang time .
Turnings ......super no monster pulls just sheet the bar and 70 % of the power is gone ........sounds like my Machine.....nice
What else.....I think this kite is a great all around kite from beg. to adv riders it does everything you want to do.....
As I said .....I placed my order for that kite and I am sure it will cover that range of my 9 and 13 very easy.
Other comments where : great kite for un-hooked tricks from a North pro rider, a 13 Fuel 05 rider said that the kite turns much faster and the bar was like on power steering , nice and very light bar pressure, Adama ( the guy on the pics ) which normally ride on Fuel 11-05 told me he loves the kite for wave riding because 90% of the time he is un-hooked and he steer the kite with one hand with out any problem.
The wind was from 18 to 25 knots with some 30 knots gusts and I think I was one of the lightest rider on thats afternoon from 65 kg up to 95 kg
I got on the water and was a bit overpowered so I trimmed the 5th line about 10 inches and finish....John ( the one with the 13 Fuel ) which is 95 kg was without any trimming out and was fully powered doing several kite loops and came out with a big smile on his face .
My 2 cents