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GK Sonic 8m² - Snowkiting today!

Postby mentholelch » Sun Feb 26, 2006 4:53 pm

Here´s my story (so far :) ):

Tried the Sonic 11m² last year in Tarifa. Ten days sub 15 knots, 100% on
shore and incoming tide. It´s surely possible to use the 11m² in this kind
of wind (i saw it being done) but not for me.
Quite an unexperienced kiteboarder - it was just not possible for me. I only got the hang the last day and had some fun.
I think I trimmed it totally wrong. As the 11m² Sonic in these lightest
winds is quite prone to backstalling once you oversheet, it`s not
the easiest thing, flying the 11m² for the first time in these sub 15 knotish
winds...

Actually did sell the 11m² Sonic and waited for new (used) gear to arrive (old c-shape kites).

Last week I got a really fabulous pricing for a 8m² Sonic which I bought.
And what can I say -> THIS KITE R.O.C.K.S.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BIG TIME!
:thumb:


Snowkiting with the 8m² Sonic rocked and once you figure
it out (especially the sheeting out during turns!) it feels like cheating...
;) Sooooo easy and no more spanking!!! Just sheet out some way and you`re safe even in plus 40 knots squalls (and that`s conservative!).

(Self-, Re-) Launching with just the 4 Lines -> No Problem!
Selflanding no problem at all!
So Safe!

Eventually I just ordered a 14m² Sonic also and hope it`s anywhere near
the 8m² - because then it`s a freakin`, freakin`, freakin` awesome
kite!!!!

Windrange:
For the 8m² Sonic I would say on snow 14 to 40+ knots.

Sounds incredible but it`s absolutely NO bullsh.t!!!

On the water I am not sure yet. Will let you know.

I am going all the way Sonics again. I think 8 and 14m² Sonics will
cover 10 to 40 knots (both at least!).

Please feel free to ask anything you want! ;)
I think everyone who never flies a Sonic, does not realize what
he/she misses at all!!!!

Cheers.Fritz :)


PS:
Attached are some pictures from yesterday - gusty to say the least.... absolutely NO problem with this freaking kite! ;)

PPS:
My weight is about 75 kg.
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GK Sonic 8m² in 40+ knots downhill
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Postby kjelleren » Sun Feb 26, 2006 11:52 pm

This is a great snowkite. HAd mine out fro the first time on Friday in 30 knots. Ice surface on skis. Hit 57 moh. Kite handled it well.

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Postby GK » Mon Feb 27, 2006 9:27 pm

Great reviews guys, and awesome pictures!
How was the weekend Gary? I wish I could have made it up there, I just couldn't pull it off. Sounds like I missed a great day yesterday. I really want to get up there and ride with you guys. Its great to hear you're enjoying your sonics. We had 30-40 here also yesterday, we rode the liquid version.

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Postby cayuquero » Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:19 am

Fritz, a new kite?

It seems that this is the right one :wink:

How lucky!
You can ride on water and on snow :thumb:

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Postby mentholelch » Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:36 am

hola álvaro,
sí, una cometa nueva - bueno, dos.... ;)

this is why i am selling my rapture I quiver.

if anyone is interested in 6-9-12-15 raptures, feel free
to mail.

der_mentholelch@hotmail.com

saludos.fritz

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Postby kovacs » Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:31 pm

still- i would like to add my 2cents to this review.

Sonic (11) is awesome kite, but there are few annoying things that i didn't like in it using when it on snow:

In minus 10 or less degrees Celsius- all valves and PU locker are impossible to pinch or bend. Also one-way walves on small tubes stop working and act like all other valves. In something like 0 degrees you can start thinking of pinching valves, but PU locked still un-bendable.

Color coding of lines- it is very annoying that there is one absolutely white line which is very hard to see on white snow and it's very easy to get tangled in it (if not by you, then somebody else).

But of course- i believe those problems are minor in comparision to all the fun Sonic provides. :D


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