Review for Eclipse Nano 2007 6.0
20kn to 30kn
So my Nano 6M finally arrived the morning of March 27th...perfect timing cuz it was blowing 25-40mph by 10am and the waves were 6' with bigger sets here in So. Cal. Sometimes the stars align just right...
I weigh 160 lbs and the boards ridden with this kite were Jimmy Lewis 5'10" surfboard and Skywalker T-Wave.
SO here are my thoughts:
Kite: very well built with a lot of attention paid to making it surf tough. It may have been a bit overbuilt but when it comes to riding in big surf that is not a bad thing. Took about 35 or so pumps and the kite was ready to go...you gotta love small kites with a one pump.
Bar: Very nice, feels like a stick of dynamite in your hand. 45 cm = I think this kite is going to turn fast...
Performance: I set the kite up in the wave setting, that would be the second knot on the ss bridle. Seems like they send it ready to fly cuz it required no additional tuning or setup. Upon launch the first thing you notice is how stable the kite is. No strange surges forward in the window on the gusts and never felt like it was twitchy like some other small sle kites.
The kite was an absolute riot to ride. It almost made me feel like I was cheating. The kite is evenly powered throughout the window and is definitely a surf specific kite. Not to say it wasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t a good jumper but its surf characteristics dominate the performance appeal. What I liked most about it was that it had no dead spots when riding on the waves. I could drop in late off the peak with a lot of board speed without outrunning the kite, it would sit a little further back in the window than my other kites and just wait for me to tell it what to do. Pull in the bar and it is ready to go. When driving down the line I could send the kite back while doing a cut back and the kite was so stable it would allow me to spend more time in the turn before looping.
The kite turns very fast...but not too fast. I fly another 7m SLE that turn super fast and has a tendency to fly too far forward in the window making you have to actively fly the kite at all times. That was not an issue with the Nano. The kite flies fast but sits a bit further back in the window adding to its stability and wave performance. I think that takes a bit of its upwind ability away but in 25-40mh wind that wasn't an issue. I will post when I have a chance to fly it in lighter wind. Very light bar pressure but still gives you enough feel to know where the kite is. Given the light bar pressure and bar setup the kite is very easy to fly with one hand adding to the surf feel. DonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t know how it rides unhooked but will post when I try
Final thoughts: This is going to be my go to kite on those nuclear wind big wave days. In those kinds of conditions I want a stable, fast and predictable kite, the Nano 6 seems to fit that bill.
Weight (kg): 61-70
Preferred Water: Wave
Preferred Power: Good
Preferred Kite Size: 10.0
Most Used Kite Size: 10.0
Preferred Board Style:
Preferred Board Size: 121-130
Brand Affiliation: Normal Customer
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