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Overall Impression of the Apollo - Solid Airstyle Kite

Postby lindseym » Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:44 pm

This weekend we had a front and finally got some ride time in. I had the chance to demo the Apollo and here's the skinny

- Rider Weight = 155
- Conditions = Summer breeze, blowing about 15 to 17 kts
- Gear = 12m Apollo with standard lines (24m I think)

I was shocked at the power of this kite. It wants to grab onto every little bit of wind it can. It didn't pull me downwind as much as the Contra though. The Apollo is not a nimble kite. It has the turning speed of a foil kite, as you would expect. For this reason, I think it would be great for anyone doing airstyle. On a 12 meter there were times when I had to really crank the bar to redirect the kite back over the window. The boosting on it was exceptional but I've grown to appreciate something that pulls me off the water a bit faster. The kite definitely likes to go fast and I was cruising past everyone. Also, I could very easily hold down the 12 in 25 if needed but still had plenty of power at 15 kts. The bar pressure is softer than a Velocity I used to have a few years ago, but I believe Cabs have done this across their entire range. Overall, it's exactly what you would expect and I think a 14 or 16 would be a money kite for airstylers that still want an inflatable kite.

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Re: Overall Impression of the Apollo - Solid Airstyle Kite

Postby Toby » Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:11 pm

Finally a review for Airstylers, thx!

Still waiting for a review of the 16...I asked Cabrinha several times to send their team riders to go for it...guess they don't want to sell any of them ;-)

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Re: Overall Impression of the Apollo - Solid Airstyle Kite

Postby lindseym » Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:24 am

Yea - it looks to me like they are really pitching it for racing and foiling as opposed to boosting. I find it interesting that the Velocity is no longer in their lineup.

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Re: Overall Impression of the Apollo - Solid Airstyle Kite

Postby tibo » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:11 pm

Hi Guys,

I have been riding the apollo 16 for the last two weeks in France (French brittany and Bordeaux area). I have been kiting for many years but not very often so I am still a beginner at aistyling (dark slides, boards off and one footers with no rotations) but I will try to give a little feed back. I am 83 kg and I used the standard lines which are I think only 22 meters on a 132 TT. I used this kite in low winds 10-12 knots and higher winds around 18-20 kts. I also used it in below 8-10kt with a malibu longboard. I could not go upwind with my TT in very light wind.
BeforeI had A Naish draft 14 and I also still own a Sonic FR 15 that I used this spring during approx 15 sessions. I like the sonic but I wanted safer and more "plug and play" kite because It is still an issue to launch my sonic in 15kt+ winds, moreover when it does not inflate properly or the ears goes tangled during launching. Also the sonic does relaunch but not every times, and I also spent several hours to untie the knots in the kitelines.
In low wind the apollo is pretty powerful and turns much better than the Sonic 15 which helps create power and helps going out of darslides or other tricks with kite loops. I think the lowends of the Sonic 15 and Apollo 16 are similar and longer lines would clearly help the apollo. It is also a very stable kite and I never had any bad surprise in below 9kt. In the upper win range, you can fly pretty high and the hang time is excellent. Hang time is not as good as sonic 15 and landings are are harder. Also I think you travel much more downwind than with the Sonic during jumps. Depower is very good I am sure I can easily hold this kite in 25 knots but the ride would not be fun for me. I was flying the apollo 16 when other people were riding 9, 12m and even 8m on TT. I think the best range is 15-18 kt. Even when very well powered I was always in control, not overpowered trying to hold my ground... Upwind is off course very good, as expected with a high AR kite. Relaunch is also surprisingly good, no problem even in light winds. Bar pressure was muuuch softer than Draft 14 but you can feel where the kite is. I can't compare with sonic because the feelings are very different. One thing that was disturbing when flying this kite in the higher wind range is that the canopy is sometimes deforming (flapping) when fully depower. It is not a big problem and I could not notice anything in the bar or harness.

As a conclusion, I am pretty happy with this kite and will keep it to progress.
Doing this post I just saw this video on the web which might like people reading this post.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EUyNct7xPQ

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Re: Overall Impression of the Apollo - Solid Airstyle Kite

Postby Toby » Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:06 pm

Great review!

And sweet trick in your video!

Would love to see a video when you are really powered up...to see how high it can go.

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Re: Overall Impression of the Apollo - Solid Airstyle Kite

Postby tibo » Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:34 pm

Thanks toby. Not me on the video.. unfortunately :)
I just found it on the web.


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