Review for Eclipse Thruster 2007 16.0 Times tested:
12kn to 21knGood:
speed through window
Sore back after pumping (same for all big kites)
Getting used to EZlockReview:
I'm 95kg and fly a FS Speed17 as my lightwind kite with a Caution Hustla 135x46 board.
Been riding since 2001.
A few weeks ago I flew a friend's Thruster 14 right after flying my Speed17 in ~12kts.
I took the 14 and was amazed at how quick it turned, how fast through the window it was and how well it could be worked to generate power.
I could build board speed and jump with it where the Speed was handling like a slow but grunty dog.
The 14's bar was lighter and I got more pop and height than with the Speed.
This short experience with the 14 had me wondering if the Thruster 16 might be a suitable replacement for my Speed17.
This past weekend I got a chance to set up and demo the Thruster 16 in Hatteras.
After park & play at Kite Point for about an hour in side-off ~12kt winds, Dimitri let me take it for a 2+ hour, 9+ mile downwinder during which the wind built to a reported 20mph with 25mph gusts.
The short story is I do believe I will be replacing my Speed17 with the Thruster16!
The 16 started for me no problem in the holey, lightish side-off winds at Kite Point.
Upwind and jumping with decent height no problem once I got used to its quickness: I was sending it too far back and overcorrecting bringing it back forward.
Off on the downwinder I immediately felt at home on the Thruster, even as the wind strengthened through the high teens.
It boosted huge whenever I wanted, and with the EZlock I could easily adjust the power and cruise.
When we got to the end (Washout/G-spot), I landed the Thruster and took a friend's Waroo 14 out.
The Thruster was rock solid compared to the Waroo and Contras I flew that weekend.
I have never flown a kite that is so quick turning and fast through the window that feels so stable.
It stayed right where I put it without twitching and wandering.
I crashed it in both light and strong wind and it came up quickly every time.
I also drift launched it off the KP beach no problem.
The only thing I would change would be the EZlock. I am used to the 2 line adjustable stopper like the Waroo or Slingshot, but I imagine I would get comfy with the EZlock given time.
I am looking forward to seeing the 2008 Eclipses. Better performance and better bar/safety system...
I don't know if I should buy a 2007 or wait for the 2008!?
Definitely take one for a ride if you get a chance !!Rider Profile
Weight (kg): 91-100
Preferred Water: All
Preferred Power: Good
Preferred Kite Size: 12.0
Most Used Kite Size: 17.0
Preferred Board Style:
Preferred Board Size: 131-140
Brand Affiliation: Normal Customer
Similar gear used: Waroo14, Contra17, Venom16, Speed17For pictures and more reviews click here