Review for Monkeykites Griffin 2006 15.0 Times tested:
12kn to 36knGood:
Huge range, super stable, great lift, easy swap from c-kites, fast turning, stopper ballBad:
Bar pressure is higher than I'm used to when bar is used in "pulley" mode. No one-pumpReview:
Chris of Monkeykites was generous enough to lend me a kite for 5 days whilst I was in Sydney.
Day 1 - 12 knots, chop and then waves on the outside. Normally I'm not the best at going upwind (I'm a big guy on a small board) but today I found I was one of the few going upwind quite easily. A bit of a shock for me really. Jumps were good and floaty for the wind, and turning speed was unreal for a kite this size. Bar pressure was quite high though, so I changed the bar to not use the pulleys. The bar pressure dropped right off at this point, but I decided I preferred the pulley bar setup. It just felt better and after an hour of use I barely noticed the bar pressure anymore. It certainly wasn't high enough to stop me kiting at any stage.
Day 4- 25 knots gusting to 36 (measured on the beach) I wasn't going to put the kite up in these conditions but decided to give it a go after talking to a couple of mates who'd be there to help out. Wow, once the kite was up I felt very comfortable. Bar pressure was much reduced from the previous light wind session although it was still higher than I'm used to. Jumps were unreal and I was still able to depower the kite and waveride despite the high wind. I was very impressed.
A few friends of mine were able to try out 9m and 12m Griffins on the same day and they, like me, have now put in orders for a Griffin. (After talking with Chris, I'm going for the 12m)
The bar is nicely setup and allows you to change from pulleys to non-pulleys very easily, and there's a stopper so you can ride "on the knot" if that's what you like.
I think Monkey are onto a real winner here. I thought it was a great kite and I'm happy to change from my Norths.Rider Profile
Weight (kg): 91-100
Preferred Water: Wave
Preferred Power: All
Preferred Kite Size: 12.0
Most Used Kite Size: 12.0
Preferred Board Style:
Preferred Board Size: 121-130
Brand Affiliation: Normal Customer
Similar gear used: Usually use North Rhino Vs.
Have tried a 16m Best Waroo and a 9m North RebelFor pictures and more reviews click here