weekend we managed to take a test flight of the 15m Peter
Lynn Synergy in 10-12 knots.
Lynn Synergy - 15m >
Initial thoughts as soon as you get going
on this kite is it feels like a Venom II - but it's only
when you start turning and jumping the Synergy that you
realise you have something different!
/ Landing > Following the instructional
DVD, solo launch and landing this kite was no problem. Simply
inflate, go to your control bar and tease the wingtip up.
For landing, take the kite to the edge of
the wind window and walk forward and watch the kite lie
onto its back and behave itself! In stronger winds, an assisted
launch / landing is always preferable.
For the initial testing - I connected the lines and control
bar straight up to the VPC (Variable Power Control) system
on the "factory setting". There are lots of options
to alter bar pressure but straight out of the bag, this
standard setting seemed to put me straight into my comfort
zone and will give confidence into anyone who has flown
Twinskin kites before.
One of the first things you are going to
notice with the Peter Lynn Synergy Twinskin kite is the
amount of grunt this kite produces in nearly no wind at
all. This kite just pulls and pulls! Not only that but the
Peter Lynn Synergy kite turns really quick and I was finding
myself oversteering it on several occasions! Keep you hands
in the middle of the bar on the Synergy unless you want
to loop it!
As with all other Peter Lynn Twinskin style kites it doesn't
want to overfly! No flying overhead, no luffing and no chance
of a Hindenburg like some other kites do when the wind is
This kite just sits above you in the sky
nice and well behaved allowing you to have a rest without
having to land your kite and stake it out onto a wet beach.
This is the one that surprised me the most! Good overall
jumping but the surprise was the amount of hangtime.
There was no aggressives straight up or
down with this kite - the Peter Lynn Synergy gives you the
confidence to get airborne, judge your height and then perform
The VPC system really does depower the kite
alot! Hold on for as long as you can, pull in the control
bar and let the VPC system do its job! See how much boost
you can get even in the low winds.
Build Quality >
Improvements on the Peter Lynn Synergy include a foolproof
inflate/deflate zippers enabling for quick setup and pack-down,
personalised bar pressure can be obtained by adjusting the
different VPC attachment points on the wingtips.
3-part wingtip lightwight alloy spars allow
for a smaller kitebag rucksack allowing for easy transportation
or alternatively if you wish to leave the spars assembled
- the bag is improved and now comes with a zip-up section
to enclose the kite.
There is also a steering adjuster inside
the kite to personalise a more tighter/looser turn rate
as well as lighter/heavier bar pressure. Launch assistant
tags are also included for easy solo-launching.
Special reinforcement patches on the tips
as well as on the inside of the kite also ensure maximum
durability where it's most needed!
The introduction of a grab handle on the tips with integrated
VPC bridle carrier will also make it much easier if you
need to pack it down for a swim back to shore.
This is a confidence inspiring kite for both new-comers
to the sport and previous Twinskin users. For those more
experienced kitesurfers / landboarders who want a forgiving
kite to fly but with the power ability and depower to possibly
get away with just one kite for a majority of wind conditions
- this is the one!
Is it time to upgrade from my beloved Venom
II's? Why not? It flies like a Peter Lynn Venom II but with
a whole lot more!
can view more information on the Peter Lynn Synergy here
Dan Eaton (Powerkiting Instructor)
courtesy of Powerkiteshop >
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