Hi, it has been the same cloth we have used since 2006. We have tested many different brands cloths but have remained with Teijin as they produce what we see as the best cloth. We have worked with them on the colour run issue that we had from 2006 to 2008 when the kites got wet, they are now way better. We have sent schools in hardcore wind places cheaper cloth to test and they have evaporated compared to Teijin, this is an effort to bring the price of the kites down for the end customer. Importing the material from Japan is expensive and oil/labour costs have soared in the past 5 years as we all know by reading the news.plummet wrote:An interesting response from Ozone. Thanks for your input.
I have a question. The same type material has been used since 2006. Has different weight/thicknesses been used on different years? or is it all exactly the same?
If other manufacturers kites have not pin holed in the same enviroment what material are they using? Are they using heavier weight cloth? or completely different brand?
Or is it just bad luck? Or perhaps the darker canopy makes it easier to see the pin holes?
On a side note I get very good life from my ozone kites. I do have pin holes but put that down to launching on beaches and packing my kites away sandy. I have noted a significant reduction in wear launching/landing 80% of the time on grass rather than sand.
Hi Kyle, thanks for that and I hope to see you in the races going fast this year. You know that 19m Edge was for you So we do listen to our customers and we are approachable, 100%ktouhey wrote:Good of Iain to come on here and chyme in with a real response. Usually the higher-ups from a brand would not bother. good on ya.
To echo his comments, I have had a couple of pin holes in two of my Ozone kites (however one of those particular kites had about ~80 days of use). They were all in the same area too, right near the boston valve. I suspect that they occurred on the few occasions where I packed up the kite and did not take the extra moment to re-apply the neoprene cover. So the kite would bounce around in my truck and rub a hole. in effect... this was user (my error). It certainly wasn't related to the fabric and I don't think is any problem with the kites at all.
The reos seem to have the same fabric as the older Reo's and Edges. Whereas the new edges certainly have a different fabric. Either way, I close my valve covers every time and I'm generally stoked with the kites.
I have had a few ozones over the past couple years, and I've been super stoked. I currently have 2014 Reo's (without any pinholes, BTW ), as well as Chronos, a Summit and the new Edges. They're all rad.
I'm off now to go ride the 7 Reo.
I second that. Been on Ozone since 2007. Currently flying 2 C4, 1 Edge, 2 REO and Zephyr, age from 2011 up to current 2014's. I travel and kite from sandy beaches, rocks and grass.fdvj wrote:Those patches would ned to be bigger to work, my north dice has just got a pinhole 1cm from the edge of the patch, the neoprene cover is a better option if you remember it. I think Norths a re over built and ozones are just right. My 2013 c4 flys the same as it did when new and apart from the wear around canopy from the valve being uncovered it is as new.
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