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Postby ScottM » Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:18 pm

It's a crazy kite, super high aspect looking. What size do you think it is, it looks big. Were the bow style kites also protos? :D

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Postby k2ski3 » Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:22 pm

Only Monkey & North have the missing center strut currently.

I think it is a new North kite since it has similar tip construction in addition to the batten pocket design.

What is nice about this kite is their are two less struts (6) than the 8 on the 07 Rhino or the Monkey Griffin. Explains why there are so many battens.

Given the high AR, it could very well be the new Vegas.

I am flying the Griffin & the Rhino 07 and the missing center strut definitely makes the kite more stable/balanced.

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Postby The Jess-Man » Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:35 pm

Toby wrote: yeah, tons of battens...but are there really battens inside?
I think you're on to something there Toby.

It is a proto type. They probably add the extra batten pockets so they could move the battens around to help them figure out where they wanted to position them.

Remeber the yellow proto of the 07 Rhino. Didn't it have zippers in the canopy for changing out panels?

And look at all the different connection points on the tip. Isn't there usually only 2 or 3?

My guess is it's all just for testing.

I hope no one is going to be bummed when North doen't release a kite next year with 25 battens or 6 different rear connection points.

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Postby KiteBird » Wed Apr 04, 2007 6:04 pm

k2ski3 wrote:Only Monkey & North have the missing center strut currently.
And the Genetrix Hydra, very good kite too.

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Postby j1finnn1 » Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:02 pm

Look closely at the struts. They're vertex struts, so North.

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Postby funalex » Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:56 pm

difficult to be sure...

it looks like to use a KPO bridle+5th line.

The other thing that impress me is the so thin center profile..?! why ? the power can't be the same that everybody know...there's probably a good reason...snowkite tube kite (snowkite doesn't require a deep profile) ? maybe ?

and why a so big AR... ? I think this product is a very early prototype ( a lot of attachment points), or just a "test".

maybe a north-man could explain ?

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Postby Experimental player » Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:38 am

Im lead to believe most people test with 5 lines cause its the safest option, just in case something goes wrong. :turn:

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Postby munteruk » Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:01 am

Experimental player wrote:Im lead to believe most people test with 5 lines cause its the safest option, just in case something goes wrong. :turn:
You mean like training wheels - for use until the design is proven and then taken off because they are unnecessary?

Move on EP, move on. We all know how you feel about 5th lines. Repeating it without listening to and considering opposing points of view won't win you any arguments.



I like the theory that some of the batten pockets are empty and are there for testing purposes. Certainly some of them look totally flat and not under the influence of a batten. I also agree that the struts look like north struts.

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Postby laz » Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:28 am

i like the idea of battons but wont 25 battens weigh down a kite alot????
might be a bit excessive.

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Postby Nico » Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:35 am

Looks like a modern day remake of the X10.
Super hard to relaunch on water, probably why it.s being used on snow.
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