It's interesting to note that NO ram airs..... no NOT ONE.... feature anywhere near the top of PKRA rankings in ANY discipline. http://www.prokitetour.com/ Yes, it's true: Ram airs crashed in Freestyle, Wave, and Speed results.
Flysurfer RAM LOVERS finally capitulated in 2013. But during this year, RIDICULOUS CLAIMS were made by Chrono lovers, such as a low end ability of < 7 knots and CLAIMS that the Chrono would dominate in 2015.
It hasn't happened. The Chrono has been found to be as deficient as other ram airs. Its low end is 7-8 knots, at best. It is INFERIOR on downwind legs (collapsing, twisting, etc). Relaunch is a NIGHTMARE. It is highly prone to wineglassing and collapsing. It is unstable in gusty conditions. Despite the overhyped claims, the Chrono does not rank in any well subscribed race and has not cracked the top 10 in PKRA race results. It is an unmitigated DISASTER for anything other than windward legs in 3rd tier competitions. It SHOULD NOT be used for freestyle.
As indicated at the outset, the Chrono is as aerodynamically INFERIOR as other ram airs and cannot compete with inflatables in high level racing, low end capability, or freestyle. Below are recorded a number of Chrono problems:
The Chrono is NOTORIOUS for balling up, collapsing, wineglassing, instability (esp in gusty conditions), and near impossible water relaunch. It is grossly inferior compared to similar inflatables.joriws wrote:Well I've always said Chrono is a bad copy of other foil kites. Many probably has tried it and did a conclusion that foils kites ball up in the sky and are hard/unsafe to launch, requires high line maintenance and cannot water launch.
Because they lack rigidity, rams deform, twist, wineglass, and jellyfish in the middle of the power zone when they are downwind of obstacles or in gusty conditions. This is VERY dangerous. Ram airs can become uncontrollable in gusty conditions, endangering the rider and other beach users.
Ignore the LIES. Ram airs, including the Chrono, are grossly inferior compared to inflatables.