Cloudspinning wrote:Review: Ive had this kite in 14 knots to 37 knots and therefore its the only kite i need. This kite has amazing amounts of depower and does not buck or invert at those strong gusts which push it right forward. Being a wave rider, the amount of depower is fantastic, and with the stopper ball lets me ride this kite like my old c kites - well within reach. The kite has an instant response in the power window and stays beautifully stable once in it.
Cloudspinning wrote:Review for Monkeykites Griffin 2006 12.0
Times tested: No Comment
Range: 14kn to 35kn
Good: Huge Depower, extended hangtime, great response - one kite quiver.
Bad: bar pressure, non wax lines
Review: Ive had this kite in 14 knots to 37 knots and therefore its the only kite i need. This kite has amazing amounts of depower and does not buck or invert at those strong gusts which push it right forward. Being a wave rider, the amount of depower is fantastic, and with the stopper ball lets me ride this kite like my old c kites - well within reach. The kite has an instant response in the power window and stays beautifully stable once in it.
THere is an amazing amount of lift during jumps and the kite allows for far more error if you mistime the descent. You can basically fall fast then flair out at hte last second and land softly. Or you can float all the way down. I'm lightweight 68kgs and therefore this kite works for me in all the coniditions i want to be out in.
The thing i can say about this kite which still remains a choice is the bar pressure. If you have short arms like me, then you need to use the pulley system which brings the whole setup nicely close. This also gives huge depower. bar pressure at sub 16-18 knots is more noticeable while over this, it is not. Without the pulley system this kite turns incredibly lightly - but u need longer arms.
This kite is a fundamental step forward from all the others i've tried. There are a few good brands that fly as well as this that i've tried, but this kite costs half...
Weight (kg): 61-70
Preferred Water: Wave
Preferred Power: Good
Preferred Kite Size: 12.0
Most Used Kite Size: 4.0
Preferred Board Style:
Preferred Board Size: 131-140
Brand Affiliation: Normal Customer
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I'd like to see you hold down the 12 in 37 knots. I am 85 kg and can't really hold my 9 waroo in that much wind. The 7 waroo would be OK though.
k2ski3 wrote:As for 1:1 or 2:1 for waveriding it really depends on your preferences. If you are comfortable with dynamic sheeting over 18 inches, I would ride the 1:1 since I think the kite performs much better in this configuration.
I weigh 175lbs & can stay upwind in 11knots with a 152x42 board on the 12m. I have not tested the top end yet but felt very comfortable with it in the 25-29 knot range. The kite has better stability than my sonic 11m with no bar pressure(full depower). The kite also seems to have more low end grunt than the sonic requiring less sheeting range on the low end to maximize the apparent wind. (Note I have not tried the Sonic 2)
For the performance it delivers at such an attractive price, & the fact I am now replacing kites on a yearly basis, I can't justify spending an extra $500 for a more popular brand. Hopefully the '07 model will have the single inflation system since it has 1-3 more struts to inflate than every other inflatable.
Between the Waroo & Griffin, I think it is only a matter of a couple of seasons until we see a lot more kites in the sub $1k category for 11-12m kites-complete with bar.
Best & Monkey ---> Where are the cheap hybrids!?!
sburlo wrote:Nice review - this is also a kite I'm seriously considering although it is a pity it is not one pump. What would be the lower range for a 75kg, 130ish board in choppy conditions?
I would appreciate someone to P.M me Aussie price including bar.