That LE is really thin on the Rally for a Delta.
Can anyone comment on the 12 Rally compared to the Octane 13?
I mean: Bar pressure, turning speed, bottom end, top end, speed, boost?
Did you guys tweek the larger sizes for better bottom end while focusing the smaller sizes at good top end?
If the Rally has similar bottom end to a RPM like old mate says earlier, that is not good
Actually, if you pump up and hold a Rally, you'll notice the LE is not so thin really. Today I had a great session on the 12m and noticed and though to myself, "beefy LE..."
Starting last September, I've had an Octane 11m in my quiver and flew the Rally 12 today at one of my local spots where I'd almost always fly the Octane 11m. I flew the 12m as a friend was trying out the 10m Rally, and the performance of both was two-fold - to let him fly and try the 10m Rally, but also to help determine my Rally quiver with the question being - do I need a 12m or not?
I was well-powered on the 12 and it didn't take too long to feel by my 12m flight and observing his 10m action that I'll be able to get by with no worries at all with a 10m as my top kite. My 12m feeling was that the kite is consistently smooth and stable as in the smaller sizes and provides faster turning than the Octane 11m, and has stronger upwind performance and, as with all Rally's, greater boosting height and hangtime. The direct connection with no pulleys provides a snappier feel and more precise feedback. On my Octane 11m, I would generally limit my freestyle tricks and routine to some extent as my style is more suited to higher winds and smaller kites, but the 12m didn't hinder me and I could do what I wanted as to bigger boosting and longer hangtime allowed for the kind of tricks I'd normally reserve for my 9m or 7m Octane (and previously Rev, Rev2, etc)
A local F-One rider tried the Rally 10m in 13-14 average winds at Sherman Island, CA and had this feedback, (hope he doesn't mind the repost...):
"Tried the 10m and 12m Rally today at Sherman. The wind was blowing 13-14mph average around 4pm during max flood and I decided to try the 10m with a 136x40 twintip to test the lowend. Amazingly I had plenty of power to stay upwind and do some kiteloops and front/back rolls. Kite turns fast and has very smooth turning and very smooth and linear power/depower. Kite is very stable and unhooks well also. The 12m turns very quick for a 12m, didn't feel sluggish at all, and felt almost as quick as a typical 9m kite. As usual the Slingshot bar is built very well and has excellent safety. Nice to see no pulleys in the short simple bridle on the kite and it actually works very well without the pulleys.
Thanks Shy/Ollie for the demo. This kite will be a great contender for the upcoming new kite releases. Definitely give one a try. "
I probably won't be long before more folks have the chance to try it and have fun doing so. Try one if ya get a chance...
12m, killer, 10m, awesome, 8m and 6m? Don't even get me started!
Try 'em when them come to a beach near you...