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 Post subject: review naish alliance 8m
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:34 am 
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tested sun 30 dec scabs, wa
ssw seabreeze, gusty ++ to 30kn (as per seabreeze/bom)

17m lines
quad surfboard strapped, some ok waves


GOOD
very nice bag
bar and lines all a1, kook proof connectors
construction looks a1 too
octopus system works a treat
easy self launch, sand on edge
that lovely naish torch like bar feel.silky smooth
tons of depower, never touched the depower strap
super tight turns, very responsive (also could be 17m lines) - super fun in the waves
didnt feel overly flighty but was fast
trucked up wind like nothing else
very stable in the gusts
floated back nicely if undercut on the waves
wouldnt over fly when overhead, stood on beach with kite at 12 in gusty wind - very steady even when powered up

NOT SO GOOD
jelly fished alot - was gusty ++ but seemed to flex alot at the angles of the sigma shape, in and out - airframe didnt seem to have anywhere near the rigidity of my rebels, didnt seem to effect performance but abit disconcerting to look at, widening and compressing,was pumped as hard as i could get it
even when turning the kite over felt quite bendy - whether this comes an issue i dont know, naish say reinforced at the joints

going to try it on north 5th element and see if that helps with 5th line being tensioned,

BAD
nothing to report as yet

OVERALL
super responsive smooth kite ideal for the surf i reckon
jumping - ?? who cares - not me anyway,
trucks up wind plenty of depower and turns on a dime
wobbly but trying a couple of tripcks to sort that out

up dated report tomorrow as forecast looks good again

85kg, 6 years kiting
other kites ridden
rebels 7 10
fuels 13 9
octane 10
best waroo 7
best yarga 9 11 13
wipika hydro 13


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:55 am 
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Thanks! Keep us informed!


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 Post subject: relaunch
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:12 pm 
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How's the relaunch??? Drop it on purpose maybe to test? Should be good with 5th line and sigma shape no?
---> Reviews don't seem to emphasize that aspect.

J


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