Halo 2007

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Brand: Airush

Sizes:

  • 7.0
  • 10.0
  • 12.0
  • 14.0

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Description

Summary

Dedicated BOW design.

Focus on enhancing all aspects of the Halo design to make significant steps forward in all round performance.

Increased stability especially focused on smaller sizes

Increased turning speed in larger sizes.

New 12m size.

Completely redesigned control bar for increased focus individual rider preferences.

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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

Is there anything special in the Halo setup compared to a C-Kite?

Technically no, although the bridling can be a bit daunting to a C kite user, the connection to the kite is the same as a standard 4 line C Kite. Use the 2nd knot on the back pigtail connections for the standard sheeting setting. It is recommended to set the bar up straight downwind from the kite. This way you can check your bridles are correct and lines are not twisted by applying a small amount of tension.

Can I depower the Halo too much?

Due to the huge amount of sheeting range in the Halo design the Halo does have a significantly larger wind range than a standard C Kite. However a certain amount of the depower in the kite should be viewed as "useable depower" while a large amount of the depower range is purely there for safety reason. If you run the Halo with too much depower strap and too sheeted out it can luff and will lose steering.

What happens if I exceed the wind range of the Halo?

If you exceed the useable depower range the kite can start to luff, you will also experience a loss of steering. One visual sign is a loss of tension in the canopy behind the leading edge. If you are experiencing a very strong gust it is recommended that you reduce your board speed and gently sheet the kite out while maintaining some back line pressure.

How about using an adjustable stopper ball to limit bar travel?

One of the key selling points on the Halo is the Bar Release Depower. This makes the Halo significantly safer in this specific area (simply letting go of the bar will depower the kite significantly). By running an adjustable stopper ball, if the stopper ball limits the sheeting, it also prevents the function of one of the Halos main safety features. If you are attempting to limit the Halo's sheeting you should consider a standard C Kite.

What is the useable wind range?

The wind range will differ significantly depending on your skill level, weight, board size and riding conditions

Relaunch

One of the major positives on the Halo is the rollover relaunch capability however it is important to note the difference between the relaunch process on the Halo when compared to a standard Leading edge inflatable.

  • 1. If the kite is crashing try to maintain a certain degree of line tension on the front lines, but sheet the bar out as much as possible (extend your arms) this will reduce the pull of the kite on impact.
  • 2. Do not swim towards the kite once it has hit the water, you absolutely do NOT want the kite to roll onto its back.
  • 3. If the kite has crashed leading edge down, pull on the left or right side of the bar (do not alternate out of frustration, it may take a few seconds) the kite will begin to roll to the edge of the depower zone and then relaunch.
  • 4. As the kite launches allow the bar to move away from you to limit the pull from the kite. However you will need to keep some back line tension to maintain steering.

Why don't you recommend the Halo for beginners?

The Halo was developed as an intermediate to advanced freeride kite and is a relatively complicated kite to setup and fly. The huge depower range means the rider needs to maintain some pressure on the bar.

Why do I still need to use a safety leash with so much depower?

In many instances the significant depower will allow you to avoid difficult situations. However, there are a few situations where you would need to release the trigger release safety on the depower loop. In these instances the leash is essential to keep you attached to your kite to avoid any danger to yourself or others.

How much should I inflate the leading edge?

The leading edge should be inflated to 6.5 PSI. Take care not to over inflate, as this can put unnecessary load on the leading edge seams and bridle attachment points.

I have had by Halo fly backwards in light conditions, how do I prevent this?

If the kite is quite deep in the power window and the conditions are light the kite can start to stall. If this occurs, you should sheet the kite OUT (push the bar away), this will allow airflow over the canopy and the kite should climb again.

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