The key to the DNA performance is its hybrid design which offers optimized relaunch, depower, and safety characteristics. The real innovation, however, is the absolute simplicity and unbelievable performance that makes the DNA perfect for either the first time buyer or the advanced rider looking for ultimate ease-of-use.
For 2008, bar pressure has been reduced on the bigger sizes while maintaining the focus on stability and ease of use. The new strap-adjust control bar ensures easier trim for less experienced riders.
- New generation design
- Performance across a broad range of conditions
- Easy handling
- Extremely predictable
- Simple to re launch
- Ample low speed stability
- Aluminium shaft pump on all sizes
- Auto deflators on ball valves
- Heavy-duty bag with extendable section
- Excellent for all standards of rider
Forward Speed: This can be defined as the speed with which the kite travels. Kites with a higher forward speed will travel quickly through the air and to the edge of the power window in the shortest period. Kites with a higher forward speed will generate a more mmediate pull or “drive”.
Turning Speed: Turning speed defines the rate of change of direction for the kite once it has been steered by the rider. It is important to understand that kites can have a high turning speed without having a high forward speed. This should be noted in the differentiation between Pivotal and power turning on each kite.
Low end power: The kites ability to generate drive at a lower relative wind speed.
Jumping: The kites ability to provide a high lift component resulting in high altitude. Also referred to as boost. A kites ability to have a high boost, does not always interpret into longer hang time.
Hangtime: This refers to the kites “glide rate” and the kites ability to keep the rider in the air for as long as possible.
Stability: This refers to the kites ability to maintain an normal flying position even if subjected to poor rider input, mistakes and gusty wind conditions.
Relaunching: The kites ability to roll over and be re launched once crashed leading edge down or sideways in the water.
For best performance kites need to remain as light as possible, while still dealing with the abuse of everyday use. For 08 we have focused on increased durability through improved load transfer from the wingtips, additional seam reinforcing in all high load canopy areas, as well as new constructions in strut connections to the canopy and LE. All these major improvements are combined with attention to the smallest details passed on to us through our extensive school and test program.
2008 sees huge progression in development of the geometry of each specific model to meet each rider’s performance requirement. We have focused on the unique demands of each level and rider group and enhanced each model to exceed their expectations.
With the introduction of swept wingtip designs, supported leading edges and increased depower, planform is critical in determining a kites performance. The figure below illustrates the huge differentiation between the curvature of the leading edges, positioning of the wingtips in relation to the center of effort and trailing edge shape.
Comparisons of the Generator to the Vapor show the result more swept LE in enhancing the depower and wind range. With the Supported Leading edge kites (DNA & Flow) a more curved leading edge allows easier relaunch, and works together with the swept wingtip enhancing the depower.
A large amount of development has been put into varying the shape of the arc on the canopy through a combination of bridling, Structural LE shaping and canopy shaping. Kites featuring a flatter Arc provide more power for a given kite size. This should be viewed in conjunction with the amount of sweep in the wingtips. In addition flatter canopies allow more static depower from the kite, as this increases the kites ability to be sheeted out. Canopies with a more traditional C shape have less drift and more positive steering due to the increased vertical component in the wingtip, which enhances directional stability. By testing and optimizing each model of kite, and at the same time each size of kite, we have ensured the best balance of performance and stability for each user group.
A closer look at wingtip configuration and the positioning of the front tow point on each design allows you to understand the effect on sheeting, steering and depower. On Hybrid Kites, the reduced sweep of the wingtip on the DNA and Flow means a pulley system is not required to achieve a given amount of depower. By avoiding the pulleys the steering is more direct with more feedback from the kite, allowing you to “feel” where the kite is in the window. The difference between the Generator and the Vapor can be viewed as a step between dedicated C-Kites (The Generator) and a blend of the positive characterstic of each style of kite giving birth to the Vapor.
Foil shapes on each model have been optimized to offer the best compromise of speed and stability based on the rider requirements. The finer the entry and shallower the draft, the faster the kite is through the air, the easier it goes upwind and the less drag you have from the canopy. By using a deeper draft and placing the C/E further forward (Less fine entry) the kite becomes more stable and generates more low-end power with less rider input. This can be viewed below as a progression from the DNA as absolute ease of use, to the Generator on the other extreme for absolute performance.
There are a few design processes that we feel have a significant impact on the kite performance and give us that extra edge over our competitors. These points are the result of hundreds of prototypes and years of development. Ingredients such as skin tension, conic shaping, and luff curve form parts of our secret recipe.
Comparisons & Questions
Compared to 2007 DNA
- Reduced Bar pressure on larger sizes
- Improved steering speed on 9 & 12m.
- All new control bar developed for schools and entry level riders, or
riders simply looking for supreme functionality.
Compared to the Flow SLE
- The DNA focuses on maximum stability in a kite. This translates into
higher ease of use than the Flow.
- Lower skin tension with increased reinforcing for increased durability.
Buy this kite if you want
- Super functional performance combined with engineered simplicity.
- One kite to cover as many conditions as possibleWhat type of rider is the DNA aimed at?
The DNA is aimed at 3 main rider groups: first time kite buyers, schools and more advanced riders looking for a super functional and durable kite. The focus of the DNA was to make an extremely easy to use product that was incredibly safe (Bar release safety), stable enough for the absolute beginner and at the same time have the steering and upwind performance to appeal to the more advanced rider.
What is the difference between the DNA and Flow SLE?
- The DNA has a heavier duty construction designed for the abuse of learning which also makes it a favorite kite of wave oriented riders.
- The DNA Control Bar offers a multi line length setup. This allows beginners and learners to run the kite in a 10m or 15m configuration.
- The DNA offers increased stability over the Flow - As the DNA has a slightly deeper foil with the center of effort further forward.
Why does the DNA have such a long depower?
With the development of bar release safety the traditional role of the depower range of the kite has changed. The lower part of the depower line (closest to the rider) can be viewed as “useable depower”, while the upper part can be view as “bar release safety travel”
Why is the traditional depower strap replaced by a cleat on the trigger release?
The role of the depower strap has changed, traditionally riders using C-Kites would use the strap for micro adjustments while kiting. Due to the extended Depower range of the DNA bar system and the increased effectiveness of the depower function, it is seen more as a one off setting to find the sweet spot of the kite in given wind conditions. In the end this allowed us to offer a significantly simpler configuration.
Why are there no Pulleys on the bar?
The DNA does not have outside bar pulleys this gives a more direct “C-Kite” feel to the steering and bar feedback. Why is the DNA shipped without the stopper ball assembled onto the Bar?
We are committed to making the kites as safe as possible, especially on products that are more oriented towards first time buyer. The Stopper effectively limits the primary safety of the kite, therefore we feel it was best to ship the part as a separate unit.
The stopper can also be set on partial lock mode. More info can be viewed HERE.
How do you Relaunch the DNA?
Should you have a sufficient amount of wind in the canopy the DNA’s are best relaunched by NOT swimming towards the kite and waiting for the kite to roll along their LE and relaunch. In light wind condition you can also launch the DNA’s in a traditional C-Kite method, by swimming towards the kite and allowing it to move to the side of the window on its back.