As I mentioned earlier, I had Kahoonas before and compared to that, the kite is really nervous in gusts... If the wind suddenly drops, it seems it would start falling out of the sky... if the next gust comes, you get a major pull... no biggy, but as I said, it's all relative..
It happened to me 3 times that after launching and I had the kite at 12 to sort out my stuff, the kite flew over my head and hindenburged... My kahoona would just stay at 12 and wait for me to get ready.. (I know I shouldnt leave the kite at 12 in gusts, so I don't really want to blame the Park now for my mistake, but the difference to the Kahoona is still interesting...)
I really love the kite, but I prefer the Kahoona... will probably switch in 2014...
For me the Gen III 2013 Park rocks i've had the previous 2 models but this years has been a marked improvement for me with better low end, more power, faster turning, better upwind, better lift and smoother loops. It's still not a hold your balls overly powerful kite but i find it very responsive and if you want to put the foot down give it a nice loop and a couple of signs and you're off.
As for build quality imho Naish have improved, my first kite was a 2009 cult and i reckon the latest kites are better built with more attention to detail and some new features that owners will appreciate.
That's my 2 cents/pasos/francs worth
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Hi. For me the new Park is a way better than the 2012 and 2011. The most significative improvement is the increased low end. Now the Park is one of the most grunty kite on the market. With my 12 and a North Nuggett I can ride starting from 9/10 Knots (74 Kg. and a full winter wetsuit). Still is one the best wave kite on the market. The 9 mt. is a real dream to fly.
...just coming back from a session in about 25knots, was on my 7 Park with a directional to catch some waves...
It was quite a big swell, and of course, I wiped out massively and couldn't get the kite up. The Park went through about 5-6 MAJOR spinning cycles until I finally reached it. I really thought that was it for the kite...
HOWEVER - to my positive surprise - Park got no damage at all!!
It took me a while to get the lines untangled and I was back in the water... Thumbs up for build quality!
I just rode the 2013 Park 12 & 8m for a week. Got the kites new just before i went away. After riding them 1 week, i can't believe the bottom end. I'm 93 kgs and ride twin tips. 146x42 and a 140x40. I rode the 12m in about 13kts or so, no jumping really, but jumped really well at 15-16 kts or so. The 8m in 20kts or so, was incredible. I was jumping 15' high. Great turning kites. This was all done on factory settings. I will try other settings later. Excellent build quality. The only thing negative about the kites would be trailing edge flutter on the last panels. This only happens when the kite is speeding thru the window. Maybe on other settings it wont be a problem. Im sure this is a problem with many 2-3 strut kites. I rode with the 2012 bar, and it was fine. New cleat system seems easier than earlier additons. Got in a bit of a pickle and had to pull chicken loop safety. It worked awesome, kite,just went out a bit and sat on the water with very little pull.
All in all, these seem to be a great kite, good jumper, great turning, excellent bottom end, moderate bar pressure. Can't wait to get back out them when it warms up. Oh ya, i got lots of good comments about the stock colors.
As I am on the market for an upgarade to my 2011 parks, I had a try on the 2012 ones in Mui Ne - Vietnam last month. One of the local schools let me have a try on their kites. Unfortunately they did not have 2013 models. What I noticed was the fluttering on the trailing edge. As my 2011's are rock solid, I believed this was a one time thing. Now I see that there are still such issues on the 2013. Any other info on that? It is quiter bothering to have those vibrtions on the bar. Maybe a setup issue? Any input?
xfact wrote:As I am on the market for an upgarade to my 2011 parks, I had a try on the 2012 ones in Mui Ne - Vietnam last month. One of the local schools let me have a try on their kites. Unfortunately they did not have 2013 models. What I noticed was the fluttering on the trailing edge. As my 2011's are rock solid, I believed this was a one time thing. Now I see that there are still such issues on the 2013. Any other info on that? It is quiter bothering to have those vibrtions on the bar. Maybe a setup issue? Any input?
hmm, I have not noticed any fluttering. I am sure I can get it to flutter if I loop and depower at the same time...but no consistent fluttering that I know. I do not remember having that on my 2012 either...but I don't remember if specifically that it did not have it either.... Was this on one specific kite, or did you try more? Could it be an anomaly on that one kite? Any repairs on that kite?