Flow SLE 2008
The Flow combines the incredible wind range and sheeting ability of a BOW kite with the direct steering and bar simplicity of a C-Kite. This makes the Flow excellent for all levels of riding, from dedicated wave riding to freeride & freestyle.
For 2008 we reduced the bar pressure and increased the steering speed and response, using a slightly finer foil entry and angle of attack on the larger sizes. This translates into improved upwind ability and speed across the window.
- New generation design
- FBI (fast bladder inflation) single pump system
- Large wind range
- Easy handling
- Extremely predictable
- Simple to re launch
- Aluminium shaft pump on all sizes
- 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 the DNA
- The Flow has a faster turning speed.
- The Flow is less pivitol in its turning.
- The flow has more a flatter profile for improved upwind ability and speed through the window.
Compared to the Vapor
- The Flow has more low-end power.
- The Flow is a 4-line configuration.
- The Flow has increased static depower and bar release safety.
Buy this kite if you want
- A new generation all round performance kite and the simplicity of 4 lines.