My question is to both bill and c+s,
Are the kites in question(new releases) an old design of last year, what material is being used in the kites as many reports state of inferer material was used and have a duability problem.
If you are referring to the Rampage, I proposed this kite on October 9th, 2005 during an eventual 7 week stay in China while I was instituting production of the Rapture II, preparing the '06 Rage II with an improved FTB SAFE system and reconfiguring the CC and B-Safe bars to eliminate the many problematic issues with them.
Here is a copy of my original email on the subject to the HQ staff in Hood River.
<< Subject: Rampage???
Date: October 9, 2005 10:18:51 PM PDT
Been looking at a lot of 'bow' kites like the GK Sonic, Naish and Cabrinha Switchblade which are little more than last year's Rapture with rounded wingtips and a bridle. We know how to make this kind of kite already and it wold be a lot less radical than the Rapture II. Wonder if we should make a less-flat, faster turning and easier re-launching version called the 'Rampage.'
We could have them on the market pretty quickly and surprise a lot of people with the depth of our line.
Let me know...
The response was positive and I proceeded to design the kites in three sizes:8, 11, 14. Here is my follow-up email regarding them along with an attachment showing the differences to the Rapture II:
<< Subject: 06 Rampage Concept
Date: October 12, 2005 10:39:43 PM PDT
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This would be a very easy kite to institute into production as the only change is canopy curve and all other details could be same as Rap II. It could go back to being a 5 strut one or two pump or leave as a 6 strut one pump. Might take away from Rap II sales but also have a wider appeal to those looking for a fast turning, easy re-launch alternative to the Sonic, Switchblade, Nova, Naish and others.
Our line up would be:
Hi-Pro - Rapture II
Mid-Pro - Rampage
Low-Pro - Rage II w/FTB
I could have these ready to test and produce by next week.
Anyone feel like switching on the green light?
The design concept attachment is included below along with pictures of the first sample kites taken in mid-October. Samples were immediately shipped to the US for testing and I later hand carried another set to Maui for Flash Austin to test. The testing results were highly favorable, especially the 8 and 11. Flash and I along with Devon Boulon were 'laid off' in mid-December. On 12th Feb 2006, I made an announcement here (http://www.kiteforum.com/phpbb/viewtopi ... 29&start=0
) regarding this because I felt customers were being led to believe "business as usual." Since that time, I cannot say what materials are used, what changes have been made or where they are produced because I have had no further involvement with Windwing. If you note the design features, it is sad that these kites were not produced at the end of last year as they were ready for production before the Waroo, Waroo Pro, Rebel or Link even existed.
I have enjoyed your windsurfing sails for some time but have not flown any of your kites. do you plan on still developing kites and patent the design and sell the rights to it, like brouno?Smokey
No, I do not plan to take this approach. If the right situation is presented where true R&D and proper resources are dedicated to the problem, I will consider it. Meanwhile, I am busy on other design projects outside the kite industry. Thanks for your kind comment regarding the sails.