OK - I know - "The flat-kite revolution is here, the future is now".... yadda yadda.... Soon as I can afford one, I'll be ridin' one!
I am LOVIN' my new WindWing Outrage 14 and CC bar! Got it a couple of months ago, but finally got to ride it several times toward the end of the drysuit weather (last sesh was a week ago - snow on the ground.) What a great set-up! I'm always pleased when the stuff you read about a product on a website turns out to be true and not just hype. When I first read about the double-pulley sheeting system, I was like "Huh??" But the "Cruise Control Bar" certainly lives up to it's name. I love to ride one-handed when I can, but I've never been able to sheet in/out with one hand! The CC bar makes that SO easy! And being able to set the bar in the middle and no-hand!! Way cool! Plus, the extended range is just killer! Being able to push that bar out an extra 6 or 8 inches when I hit the hot spots makes a huge difference - super de-power and still flyable. As impressed as I was at how well it worked with the Outrage, what really blew my mind was when the wind just got too hot for the 14 Outrage and I had to go to my 12m (other make) which is much older and has been fairly disappointing on water, but the CC Bar turned that clunker into a whole different kite!! I had been itchin' to replace that kite, but now there's no rush - I can take my time and monitor the "Revolution", as it were... maybe there's a Rapture2 in my future.
As for the Outrage - great kite! Really well constructed, turns fast, plenty of lift, but the best feature is the Jump-Start relaunch bridle. It comes separate, but is a cinch to put on, though I did have to tune and trim the steering lines the first time I rigged. But now that I've gotten to try it a few times it's never coming off. I wish I could put THAT on all my other kites! What a piece of cake to relaunch right off the water by just pulling on one of the steering lines and just flip it over! And with the CC Bar the leaders are sheathed with nice clear tubing, so it's easy to grab. No fifth line to worry about, either, and the operation was really smooth - like if the kite comes up and you think it's ready to fly forward, but there's still water on the downed wingtip so it starts to flop back towards the water, you just pull it back again and you can just hang it there, vertical, as the water drains off and away you go! The transition between reverse lift and normal is very fluid.
Hey, if I gotta ride C's for now, I might as well be on a state-of-the-art C kite. The '05 Outrage with the CC Bar is all of that in my opinion. And I have to say good things about the company, too - WindExpress.com. I had some questions about the optional bridles that came with the Outrage and "Boardin' Bob" was really helpful and knowledgeable, not to mention generous with his time.
Great gear, great company, great price... what more could you want?
Can I get a witness?
Looking forward to ice and snow........... Slice