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Where are the Helix reviews?

Postby mv » Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:41 am

I was just wondering where all of the reviews of the Helix are. It seems that there would be more about these new kites. Is there anyone our there using them?

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Postby Tom Tom » Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:44 am

MV, I assumed you only rode and cared about foils?!

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Postby TheRussian » Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:42 am

Try the reviews section!

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Postby tautologies » Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:29 am

LOL, I am writing up mine, but I wanted to try it in lots of different conditions. before posting it.

Gotten quite a few sessions on it now and loving every minute of it...

The Russian wrote up a good one, although I think he probably should have specified that he like to ride POWERED...I think the windrange begins way lower... ;-)
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Postby Dax » Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:48 pm

I tried both kites, and reviewed them. I rode the Helix quite a bit:

Helix 9m
phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2341274

Cult 9m
phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2342664

In my short test of the Cult, I liked it better than the Helix.

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Postby mv » Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:44 pm

Tom Tom wrote:MV, I assumed you only rode and cared about foils?!
I keep a very open mind when it comes to kites and I am willing to try anything. If I can find a kite that works better for me than my current kites I would switch. I have been giving some of the new kites a go. Just the other day I had a session on an F-One Bandit, but to date I have not found a kite that gives me enough of a performace advantage to ditch the foils.

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Postby k2ski3 » Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:14 pm

After a quick 30 minute session on the 12m, I was very impressed with the kite. It flies just like a BOW kite so it was very easy to adapt to from my experience on Sonics, Waroos, and Griffins and nail the timing on jumps.

I was not a fan of the bar, but it is my understanding that Naish has been listening to rider feedback and will have an updated bar in the near future with a much needed stopper ball & hopefully a better power/depower system. So my only complaint is being addressed.

I will say that while the kite is very easy to relaunch, I think the pointed leading edge adds a bit more resistance in the water requiring much more rear line pressure and patience to relaunch compared to a traditional LE shape. I would be curious to hear feedback on the low-end relaunch in marginal conditions.

All in all, it is definitely a nice kite for people who prefer the BOW style of jumping.

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Postby Pappas » Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:23 pm

New bar information... nuff said...

Angelo

http://www.naishkites.com/en/products/c ... e_1-1.html

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Postby happyfish » Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:00 am

here'a big on with pics. no pimping goin on here. just borrowed the kite for a weekend.

http://com4.runboard.com/bbneleven.f7.t375

http://www.tiedtothewind.com

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Postby powerkiteaddict » Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:27 am

k2ski3 wrote: I think the pointed leading edge adds a bit more resistance in the water requiring much more rear line pressure and patience to relaunch compared to a traditional LE shape. I would be curious to hear feedback on the low-end relaunch in marginal conditions.
Agree entirely-I think hte Sigma style kites are much slower to relaunch at lighter wind speeds or when in the surf and getting pulled downwind by the current etc. than the conventionally shaped leading edge kites.

Having said that they relaunch fine in strong winds.

PKA


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