Flow SLE 2007

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Brand: Airush

Sizes:

  • 5.0
  • 7.0
  • 10.0
  • 12.0
  • 14.0
  • 16.0

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Description

Summary

Combines the incredible wind range and sheeting ability of a BOW kite with the direct steering and bar simplicity of a 4 line kite.

Excellent for all level of riding from dedicated wave riding to dedicated freestyle.

Perfect for hooked in and unhooked riding.

Radically reduced bar pressure.

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Overview

  • New generation design
  • Large windrange
  • Easy handling
  • Extremely predictable
  • Simple to re launch
  • Aluminium shaft pump on all sizes
  • Auto deflators on ball valves
  • Heavy-duty bag with extendable section
  • Excellent for all standards of rider

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Construction

For best performance, kites need to remain as light as possible while still taking the blows of everyday use. For 07 we have focused on increased durability through improved load transfer from the wingtips, additional seam reinforcement in all high load canopy areas, and new construction techniques in connecting the struts to the canopy and LE. All of these major improvements are combined with attention to the smallest details, compliments of our extensive school and testing program.

2007 Flow Tech21.jpg 3x20mm Strut Reinforcement

2007 Flow Tech22.jpg Flat Seams on LE Segments

2007 Flow Tech23.jpg Dacron Canopy Reinforcement

2007 Flow Tech24.jpg Moulded Bumpers

2007 Flow Tech25.jpg Reinforced Ronstan Pulleys

2007 Flow Tech26.jpg Elongated Valve Caps

2007 Flow Tech27.jpg Quick Deflate Stems

2007 Flow Tech28.jpg Bridal Attachment Option

2007 Flow Tech29.jpg 5th Line/Pump Leash Attachment

2007 Flow Tech210.jpg Bridal Reinforcement

2007 Flow Tech211.jpg Wingtip Anti-Flutter

2007 Flow Tech212.jpg Wingtip Bumper

Technology

2007 has seen a breakthrough in development of the geometry of each specific model to meet each rider’s performance requirements. We have focused on the unique demands of each skill level and rider group, enhancing each model to exceed their expectations.

Planform

With the introduction of swept wingtip designs, supported leading edges, and increased depower, planform is critical in determining a kites performance. The graphic below illustrates the huge differentiation between the curvature of the leading edges, the positioning of the wingtips in relation to the center of effort, and the trailing edge shape. Comparisons of the Lift and Reactor show the slightly more traditional shape of the Lift when compared to the wider wingtips and reduced Span-to-Chord ratio of the Reactor. With the Supported Leading Edge kites (DNA, Flow & Halo) a more curved leading edge allows easier relaunch and works together with the swept wingtip to enhance depower.

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Canopy Curve

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 but can be more prone to inversion especially when used with bridles. This should be viewed in conjunction with the amount of sweep in the wingtips. In addition, flatter canopies allow more 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 and size of kite, we have ensured the best balance of performance and stability for each user group.

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Wingtip Details

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 but can be more prone to inversion especially when used with bridles. This should be viewed in conjunction with the amount of sweep in the wingtips. In addition, flatter canopies allow more 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 and size of kite, we have ensured the best balance of performance and stability for each user group.

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Foil Shapes

Foil shapes on each model have been optimized to offer the best synthesis of speed and stability based on the rider requirements. The finer the entry and shallower the draft, the faster the kite slices through the air and cuts upwind with less drag from the canopy. By using a deeper draft and placing the C/E further forward (a less fine entry) the kite becomes more stable and generates more low end power with less rider input. The differences in draft and entry can be viewed below as a progression from the user-friendly DNA on one end to the lightning performance of the Reactor on the other extreme.

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Depower & Release

By combining new developments in bridling and refinements of the kite designs, we have been able to develop a range of kites that offer optimized depower, for maximum wind range and bar release safety on the SLE and BOW designs. C- Kites offer the most positive steering while the trigger release is activated manually, which engages the 5th line or reride. The DNA and Flow offer a combination of positive steering with bar release as a primary safety and a backup system with the trigger release. The Halo offers the most extreme bar release safety through the 2-1 Pulley system on the control bar and the flattest canopy arc; the backup safety system is the "trigger release".

Secret Sauce

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.

Questions

What type of rider is the Flow aimed at?

We developed the Flow to cover a broad range of riders from entry level Freeride to advance freestyle and wave riding. The focus was on reliable performance and ease of use. First time riders should consider the DNA while more advanced freestyle riders might consider one of our C-Kites or the Halo for maximum hang time.

Why do you call the Flow a Hybrid/SLE, isn’t the Flow a BOW kite:

Technically the Flow is not a BOW kite, in order for a kite to be a true bow kite, the trailing edge needs to be concave and be curved enough that it runs over a vertical line drawn from the two rear attachment points, which does not occur in all Flow sizes. Secondly true bow kites have 2:1 pulley on the bar, which the Flow does not feature. Typically BOW kites should fall within the original patent which covers these two points so we decided to go with the term SLE or Hybrid.

What is the difference between the Flow (SLE/Hybrid) and the Halo (BOW)

  • The Flow is lighter on the bar and the steering on the flow is more direct with more feel – This is due to the reason that the wingtips of the flow are less swept back, this allows us to use less struts, moves the center of effort further forward. Most importantly this allows an increased depower range for the same give bar movement, therefore we could avoid the 2:1 pulley configuration on the bar.
  • The flow offers increased stability over the Halo - As flow has a slightly deeper foil with the center of effort further forward. In addition the canopy curve is not as flat as the Halo. This does have an effect on low wind performance and glide rate when jumping.

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Why does the flow 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 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 Flow 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 Flow does not have outside bar pulleys this gives a more direct “C-Kite” feel to the steering and bar feedback. More info on this is covered in the question “What is the difference between the Flow (SLE/Hybrid) and the Halo (BOW)”Is the Flow Suitable for unhooked riding?Yes, Most definitely one of the original parameters of the design was to make the Flow as versatile as possible for all styles of riding. One great outcome of the new design was the unhooked performance.

What are the performance differences between the Flow, a C-kite and a 5th line “BOW” kite:

The focus on the Flow is safety, simplicity and all round performance. From our perspective bridles give the highest level of what we term “Bar Release Safety” as the pivot point on the kite can be higher up the leading edge through the use of bridles. A 5th line bow kite falls somewhere in between a standard c Kite and a bridled SLE or BOW design (see Below for an explanation on these). We still offer 5th line C-Kites for the performance-oriented rider who is not as safety focused

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Could you convert the Flow to a 5th line style kite without the bridles?

Technically you could set the Flow up in the 5th line configuration with a very limited bridle or even no bridle. However during our design process the kite was optimized to run with bridles. We felt that for the target customer they would be looking at safety and simplicity, and knowing that the kite was always running in its optimum configuration.

How do you Relaunch the Flows?

Should you have a sufficient amount of wind in the canopy the Flows 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 flows 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.

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Reviews

English

Flow SLE 2007 5.0 - kiteforum.com

Flow SLE 2007 7.0 - kiteforum.com

Flow SLE 2007 10.0 - IKSurfMag

Flow SLE 2007 12.0 + 14.0 - sbckiteboard.com

Flow SLE 2007 14.0 - kiteforum.com

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