Post subject: Re: Average Joe Kite Review - OR Flite 17m
Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:48 am
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One thing that is of interest to me that never gets mentioned in reviews is the flag-out.
The Flite looks like it flags out to both front lines. I've been very happy with my Cab Crossbows because the IDS makes it very easy to drift launch and pack down the kite.
Does the Flite flag out as well as the Crossbow did on IDS?
Yes, it flags just like the IDS system.
Well the IDS system works properly on some of the Cabrinha kites and not others. This is the only video of the Ocean Rodeo Direct Depower in action that I could find and it doesn't impress me. What it needs to do to work properly is for the kite to be able to drop downwind and fall on it's back every time without you having to walk towards it or swim towards it. Maybe the OR system does that on the Flite 17m. If it does, I'd like to see it in action?
With Cabrinha having withdrawn its Crossbow and Switchblade IDS kites, which actually worked very well at flagging to two front lines, I'd like to be able to recommend the Flite 17m, but I need to know if the safety works. By works, I mean, at the top end of its windrange, if you pop the Q/R with the kite overhead in deep water, does the Flite drop onto its back like on a fifth line or does it land leading edge down, still pulling hard?
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