After a looong waiting for the arrival of the kite and proper 6-10 knots cross wind for testing under very light wind conditions,
yesterday I had the opportunity to test the Airush Ultra 12.
There sea was ~2ft. swell, and the wind was cross shore as per the table below (columns order: hour, wind direction, average speed and gust).
Occasionally there was 21 Flysurfer (+ door) , but could hardly point. No other kites on the horizon
First impression testing on the beach:
- The kite doesn't fall during the lulls. You can leave the bar, an even if it starts falling; it glides slowly down until next puff brings it up again.
If there is a significant lull, such that the kite can’t keep in the air without working it, it slowly drifts like a feather, giving a looot of grace time for recovery.
- It reacts as it was a 10 m kite at 12 knots (pivoting, side to side sweep, and climb up [kite downwind,trailing edge touching ground]
I was impressed how the kite responded to the inputs when trying to avoid a touchdown, was like telepathy, it just reacted as I wanted and as fast as I wanted.
- It is not grunty but has enough pull or HFoiling. The tradeoffs between power (force), stability and reaction speed are amazingly fine-tuned.
- Another guy with a North Ace 11.5 foil arrived. We flied the kites side by side. Of course the Ace didn’t fall, but during the lulls the tips deformed a bit (kite weight 2.28 kg).
I perceived that the Ultra was in pair with it regarding hang and drift (subjective feeling)
- Back to back comparison with my Solo 12: The Solo feels a lot heavier and slower, though the weight difference is 600 g (Ultra 2.8 kg vs. Solo 3.4Kg)
The most tangible test was keeping the kite at the lower end of window [verge of stalling] and pulling the upper rear line.
The Ultra just went up no questions asked, while the Solo didn’t go up but drifted into the window, then slowly and heavily coming back and forth until finally going up (if at all)
On the water:
- For the first time I could ride and point under those limited conditions.
Should I be more skilled, I trust that I could freeride side by side with the guy on the foil kite (we had similar Moses Hfoils)
- Best of all I never had to worry about a swim in
, while in similar conditions I'd certainly had one - see thread http://kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=196&t=2397801
The Ultra is a very good option for marginal light winds and excels for Hfoiling (if you are reluctant from foil kites
I bought one after the testing (disclaimer: I have no affiliation with any kite brand)