On the beach
Real surface: 11.6
Projected surface: 8.5
Aspect ratio: 4.8
Equipment: Small diameter depower bar, releasable big and small loops, pump, 7 inflatable struts.
Wind range: 12 to 26 knots for a 70 kg rider using a twin tip board, 10 to 22 knots for a 55 kg rider and 17 to 32 knots for a 90 kg rider.
Design/Finish: Good finish, but the materials seem to be lighter than those of other models. The design and colours translate into an original style.
Specifications: The Skoop is for advanced to expert riders. Its technical features result in incredible performance, combining stability and control.
On the water
Safety features: The small trim loop has a Quick Release system, allowing separation from the kite if in real danger. A leash is attached to the harness and anchored to the front flying lines. There is a system to position the leash In relation to the kiteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s surface which allows you to fine-tune the bar so that it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t always slide up the front lines when the bar is released, one should simply tie a loop knot on one of the front lines to stop the bar from going too high. ?
Re-launch: The kite is equipped with a rear re-launch system. With a bit of know-how, you will easily re-launch your kite. Without this system, depending on the wind, the 8.5 may be fairly difficult to re-launch, as is the case with all other kites of this aspect ratio.
Power: This 8.5 (or 11.6 flat) isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t all that powerful. In light wind, it accelerates with difficulty and it quickly looses power. On the other hand, in stronger wind, it has excellent power and maintains good traction. In maximum power position the wing stays in position and continues accelerating. One should be careful with its power when at the neutral point in strong wind; whether on the edge of the window or at the zenith, the wing really pulls very hard.
Stability: The stability is very good while riding or jumping. With irregular wind, we noticed that the wing has a tendency towards shaking and deforming. Despite the segmented leading edge designed to make the kite more rigid and responsive, the Skoop seems slightly lacking in maintaining its shape. This however, does not affect the kiteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stability and its incredible lifting power in big jumps.
Control/General comfort: The Takoon is very pleasant to steer. It accelerates well. With the pulley system for rear re-launching the kite is very easy to pilot in strong wind, but is less responsive if the wind is too light. When piloting direct, without the rear-launching system rigged, the Skoop is still very responsive and maneuverable. Easy to use in moderate wind, it becomes a true elevator in gusty or strong wind. It provides great lift and gliding power; this may take you by surprise!
User range: The Scoop 8.5 performs in strong wind but a bit less in lighter wind. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not an ultra-powerful kite but in strong wind it becomes incredibly performant. The depower system is good.
General description and impressions: This Skoop is a pleasant kite, ultra performant in its wind range. It is responsive and stable despite the impression that it deforms in very irregular wind conditions. It offers huge elevating power and might be dangerous for a novice. For the others, it helps you go even higherÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
The positive points: Its responsiveness and elevating power.
Flysurf.comÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s advice: Be careful of the way it reacts in irregular wind. Try jumping far from the beach at first! It goes UP! This is not a kite for just anybody.
User range: Advanced to expert riders
Specifications: It conforms perfectly to the specifications! It is indeed a performant kite whilst remaining very stable and maneuverableÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ To be used by experienced and expert riders.
Guillaume, 20, 66 kg: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not very rigid but a lot of gliding power!Ã¢â‚¬