I had the opportunity to test some of the bows and eventually decided on a SLE. (Not quite a bow, its hybrid, about half bow). I only tested the crossbow and nova. I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t test the turbo diesel or switchblade so I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t comment on them. The choice is my own and not necessarily the best kite for everyone, so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll elaborate in my review of why I liked it. The choice as to whether you get one is your own and I would strongly suggest you test all the kites and donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t buy on reputation or you may not get what you want. I reiterate Ã¢â‚¬â€œ TEST THE DAMN KITES BEFORE YOU BUY THEM IN CASE YOU DISAGREE WITH ME!!! You could even disagree with me on a large number of points here, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not professing to be an expert at all, in fact I am far from it. These types of kites are largely love or hate style kites.
SLE vs. BowÃ¢â‚¬Â¦how different are they?
Before I start, this is not a comparison between the shockwave and the crossbow, but there are some references to similarities or differences so people know what I am talking about.
So, firstly, what is a SLE? Well, if you missed the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Is the shockwave a bowÃ¢â‚¬
I just been out with my shockwave for a couple of days but so far I would say Missionman has done a great review of it.The feeling of being in 100% control all the time is awesome the only thing I dislike is the high barpressure it's like a hard workout
The octopus system works well. Its 1 way valves where the struts meet the leading edge so you can't see them. When you inflate the leading edge the one way valves inflate the struts. To deflate you open the valves on the struts like you would on a normal kite.
You can inflate pretty hard and it seems to work fine, but sometimes the air does take a little time to go into the struts so if you pump quickly, pause for a couple of seconds to see if the air is still going into the struts and continue pumping if need be.
If you need more info, you can download a octopus system guide from the naish website. It should give you more info on how the system works technically.
I have had a 12M Shockwave for 3 weeks now. I've had 2 awesome surf sessions on with it on a surfboard style board - no real jumps.
The line are 20M with 4M comprising of leaders and bridle.
I have tried 4M (so 28M total) extensions on flat water with twintip for jumps, only had short session, but will be trying it some more. I can't see how only 20+4M could provide as much hangtime as 25-28M lines. Someone care to expain??
The control of the kite with 28M lines was not as precise as the 24M, 26M could be ideal, not sure yet.