We had a chance after work yesterday to fly the 16m Answer and the 15m Flexifoil ION back to back. Wind graph attached. We started right around 6pm, and stayed out until around 7:45pm. When we first started, the wind was around 7-12mph...then it picked up to around 10-16mph. We were on Slingshot Glides most of the time, and then I switched to a SX 151 when the wind came up to the 10-16mph range. Winds were Sideshore, with a pretty strong current going with the wind(so that didn't help us at all). Here are some comments:
Low end: About the same..we really couldn't tell if one had more power than the other. Both as powerful as a probably a 17m, maybe an 18m C shape kite. Not as powerful as a 16m Crossbow or 16m Switcblade. Those feel more like a 20m C shape at full power
High end: Winds too light to tell...
Speed: Both way faster than most kites in that size range. The Answer was just a little faster, especially when doing a bottom turn. Speed when flipping the kite for a jump...about the same..
Bar Pressure: Again, very close... The Answer maybe a tad less...but not by much. Both very light compared to other bow kites. Sonic, still the lightest of them all. Crossbow, Turbo Diesel, Switchblade, etc.. all heavier than these..
Unhooking: ION fealt a little more stable when unhooking. Not that the Answer was unstable, but it was more solid and just kind of stayed there. With the Answer, it was stable too...but you needed to depower it a little more(pull a few more inches on the depower strap) before unhooking. Both good for unhooked stuff...ION just a little more stable...
Jumping: both good...can't pick one over the other...
Overall....tough call....both great, and we can't really pick one over the other... The Answer seemed a little more like a front line flier(liked a little more front line tension)...and the ION more like an equal line flier...could of been the way we had it rigged it, but that is how they fealt...so, if you like a front line flier, the Answer is a little more closer to that feel... if you don't, then the ION. All in all, either one works.... more to follow when we get more time on them...hopefully this weekend!
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