very windy flight test with the new Flexifoil Strike 2 we
got to grips with the new and improved version for 2005!
30 knots (35mph)
Tested > Flexifoil
Strike 2 Rasta 9m >
OK it was blowing 30 knots and I know that in those winds
even a plastic carrier bag will fly fairly well, but the
difference was noticed in that walking to the water with
the kite overhead and no handling input from me it just
sat there and didnt twitch about the sky ..I was fully depowered
and being lofted and yet the Strike 2 just sat there!
This kite is really good in the gusty conditions i had today,
it handles the gusts and didnt want to overfly, has a great
de-power range also - some of the other guys were struggling
to keep upwind even on the 7m Strike today!
To compare to other similar kites it almost auto zeniths
and turns as quick as any other water relaunchables I have
flown. Anyone struggling with kite loops are going to find
it easy with this kite!
Build Quality >
Well not wanting to sound bias but it's a Flexifoil product
and they dont come better built than this kite - super strong
and reinforced in every aspect.
Control Bar System
> The bar system (50cm)
works well with the spinning leash on the small leader lines
that come off the bar on the left hand. One halfway up where
the leash attaches. There is also a grab handle where you
can detach the leash to form a wrist leash (which is supplied)
or use the leash as a handle pass safety leash. It worked
a treat as I had to self land using the grab handle and
it worked under full load in 30knts + killing the power
The flying lines this year are 20m with
5m extensions on top, so straight away you have the ability
to depower the kite even more by using the shorter lines,
I was flying using the standard four line set-up but you
can attach the 5th line system which will give you a greater
wind range....this wasn't avaliable to test but i should
have one by early next week so will report then - weather
permitting of course.
Its like a Storm III that has fallen off the Atkins Diet!
Pulls upwind like a train with a Storm III type boost for
the jumps and when your are up there you just hang there
due to the moderate aspect ratio. Its super, powerful, strong
progressive pull all the way though the wind window without
any nasty surprises.
At present I am still grinning 24 hours later!
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product here >
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