Reactor 2007

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Brand: Airush

Sizes:

  • 4.0
  • 7.0
  • 9.0
  • 12.0
  • 18.0
  • 22.0

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Description

Summary

The Reactor is not for everyone. Designed to turn on a dime and reach warp speed blasting through the window, this kite requires precise rider input. Its legendary drive builds an increasing group of core followers each year.

Watch Tom Herbert throw a 20-foot kiteloop handlepass or Felix Pivec blast out of a lip, and the Reactor's thoroughbred performance is obvious. The Pro's choice

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Overview

  • Increased depower due to reduced Span/Chord ratio.
  • High performance C-Kite design
  • Fine entry foil for maximum speed and upwind ability
  • Versatile 5 Line/4 Line Bar design

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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 Tech29.jpg 5th Line/Pump Leash Attachment

2007 Flow Tech26.jpg Elongated Valve Caps

2007 Flow Tech27.jpg Quick Deflate Stems

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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.

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