Review for Best Waroo 2007 7.0 Times tested:
18kn to 40+knGood:
Good low end and incredible range
Easy self-start with all kinds of windBad:
Inversion in the water and sometimes in the air
Quite high bar pressure (I'm a whimp)
Little feedback from steering lines
Difficult to land, comes down as fast as it goes up.Review:
Comparison between the Ozone Instinct 9mÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â² 2006 and the Best Waroo 7mÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â² 2007. *)
Both are excellent kites!
Both kites are robust.
Both kites respond directly to steering impulse.
Both kites can be tedious to relaunch: If the bridle of the Waroo gets behind the kite the game is over: Impossible to relaunch**). The Instinct can invert and with low wind simply refuses to launch from the water.
Both kites have about the same range: from about 18 knots to 40+ ***)
Both kites are easy to use unhooked. The Waroo should be set to the lowest power settings (the knot the farthest away from the kite) for unhooked riding.
The Instinct has a 5th line, the Waroo has 6(!) pulleys.
Riding the Instinct 9 feels like riding a Mercedes Benz, riding the Waroo 7 is like riding a Ferrari.
The Instinct does what you want. The Waroo does what you tell it to do (which might not always be what you want).
The Instinct has extreme low bar pressure, which makes it very comfortable. The bar pressure of the Waroo is quite high. For this it is good it has a stopper ball. With the stopper ball in place the Waroo feels just like a C-kite.
The Instinct needs more force to steer than the Waroo, so therefore gives better feedback about where the kite is.
The Waroo can surprise you sometimes to be suddenly at the other side of the window without you noticing, especially when wave riding.
Waroo is fast and direct in its steering, Instinct a touch less direct and noticeably slower.
The Instinct feels a bit underpowered most of the time (but isn't) and gives a smooth, almost meditative, riding feel. It seems to have a built-in gust-absorber The Waroo delivers power and is more nervous, gusts have to be tackled manually.
When it comes to looping the kite, the roles reverse: When looping the Instinct it suddenly shows its aggressive side: a lot of power is generated, while looping the Waroo is a jiffy. To generate power, the Waroo has to be deliberately looped slower and in a big arc.
The Waroo jumps fast, aggressively and high and can come down quite quick as well, so that makes it difficult to land. The Instinct jumps smooth and controlled, not so high and feels like a paraglider. Controlling the landing is easy.
*) The differences in riding between the Waroo 7mÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â² 2006 and 2007 are marginal. The 2006 is slightly faster and has a somewhat "elastic" feel to it, while the 2007 is more stable. The main improvement is the 2007 bar.
**) I found a way to solve this situation: Pull in only the back line of the side where the bridle is behind the kite and let the kite totally flag out. Now the bridle has a chance to revert to the correct side of the kite.
***) I (72 kg) have been out in winds over 40 knots with both kites and never lost control, so I don't know when these kites gets overpowered.Rider Profile
Weight (kg): 71-80
Preferred Water: Wave
Preferred Power: Over
Preferred Kite Size: 7.0
Most Used Kite Size: 7.0
Preferred Board Style:
Preferred Board Size: 131-140
Brand Affiliation: Normal Customer
Similar gear used: Ozone Instinct 9 mÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â²
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