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Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo

Postby Averagejoel » Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:48 pm

The order is placed, a Roam 10m A-series coming my way soon. But 8-12 weeks wait, unbearable! 😂

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Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo

Postby Pierrot » Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:17 am

Another awesome session on the roam 10. Foil in sub 10knt, picking-up to 10-12knt.
Over 90% success on foot switch both sides. Same for 360s... Conditions were perfect but a kite super easy to fly definitely helps!

I think I identified what makes the 10m so fun for me in light wind.
I still think it does not have much more low end than another 10m, but basically in conditions were a regular 10 will get you going only if you wait for the right gust, have perfect timing for looping, and any mistake or temporary drop of the wind means game-over, the aluula 10m flies like it is in the middle of its wind range = stable at 12, doesn’t fall in the window, does not loose line tension, turns with no delay...
That peace of mind really makes you focus on your riding and milking every drop of power from the kite.

Downside is that I used to say “if my 10 can fly I can ride”. Not true anymore. 8)

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Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo

Postby grigorib » Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:20 pm

Foiled on 7m Rally, dropping in water few times and relaunching it at event site yesterday. Get onto lawn and see a guy with pumped 14.5m golden LE Flite. He needed the size of kite to ride, not the lightness to keep it in the air.

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Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from oean Rodeo

Postby Pana » Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:04 pm

Finally got two sessions with the flite 14.5, bare with my English it is not my mother tongue.

Got the Golden Grin ! :D

As an intro I would mention it is difficult to get excited about a 14 m kite, for me it means you live in a place with very variable wind and that size is a session saver especially if you weigh 90+ kg (200+ pounds). I do not foil so I only get xcited when general whitecaps appear and 12m just does not make it happen (fun riding with a larger TT board ex 153x43). Had a 14m Enduro since they came out and it did a fair job but was looking for something with more finesse, faster flying, and that handled better in minimal winds. I don’t think the Enduro is a light wind (lw) design, and when my wife would try it in the lowest wind it sometimes front stalled, and because of that she had stopped using it. In the 13-16 kt range I was using it it handled well and never stalled but I was more and more avoiding the kite and waiting to go out on the 12 Enduro (forcing my wife to go out on 10). It was time to update and Aluula appeared...ordered n feb, recieved 2 weeks ago (but still waitng for the Roam 12 ordered at the same time).

First session was 7 to 13kn with a squall well over 20kt. Second was 11 to 16 kt.

I have come to the conclusion I can mow the lawn in 10kn but that the lower fun level is 12 kt. Upper range fully trimmed is probably 18-19 kt and the kite handles well fully trimed. I do not xpect to use it past 16 kt or so. In the squal of probably 25 kt I was surprised how stable it was at 12 but was scared to moove it to the side window.

First impression is that the kite flies in nothingness. You simply cannot stall the thing, it’s like on a Tesla autopilot. Looks like my wife will be happy, presume her range will be 8-9 to 13-14 kt.

Second impression is performance, give the kite a bit of apparent wind and it goes and goes. Grunt is similar to my Enduro (of memory) but the power delivery is more consistent as the upstroke is more efficient and also the kite flies and turns faster offering more power potential when you drive it.

Third impression is predictability. The feel is fun, plug and play. Goes upwind well, downloops lke a charm it just does all it is to xpected to do and if you goof going down wind it is so cool, forgiving. The power management of the trow is verry gradual, very Ozone like. It did surprise me once shooting up faster than anticipated in a drift launch. And you need to tie the thing to the ground beached, the autopilot want’s to kick in.

In conclusion it put the fun back into 14m riding. Of the wish list in the kite change it ticks all the boxes. Wort the extra dollar for the reasons mentionned above. Will also be a great addition for the trips in the Carebean like Cuba that often have low teen winds.

Details...reverse pigtails, small bag, the std pump fitting of vwmg does not fit well and lost air, had to use the xtention fitting. Aluula seems to take longer to dry the kite (inside leading edge). Nice thin bridal, kite looks great esthetically, minor colour imperfections in canopy materials.

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Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from oean Rodeo

Postby Pierrot » Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:01 am

Last session today on the roam 10 in the magdalen islands. Back to Montreal tomorrow. Started in 14knt, wind progressively dropped to Below 8knt Still made it back to the launch spot. Nothing to add on the kite. Superb behavior! Any other kite, pretty sure I would have been swimming.

Now a few “surprises”

1- my kite “squeaks”... when turning aggressively. At the beginning I thought it was a bird. But it is indeed coming from the kite when turning hard.
The only thing i could think of is that it is coming from the pulley.... I checked on the beach. They are not jammed and work fine but seem to make some noise under tension/pressure.... why on earth aren’t all brands using sliders with no moving parts...
Pana wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:04 pm

Details...reverse pigtails, small bag, the std pump fitting of vwmg does not fit well and lost air, had to use the xtention fitting. Aluula seems to take longer to dry the kite (inside leading edge). Nice thin bridal, kite looks great esthetically, minor colour imperfections in canopy materials.
2- i also found some white spots on the blue canopy. Initially I thought it was worn canopy (???) which would have been surprising after ~10 sessions and given how careful I am with this baby. But seems to be more A minor issue with the colour of the ripstop.
@pana, is that the same thing you are referring to when talking colour imperfections?

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Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo

Postby droffats » Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:56 pm

All of the customers that have bought Aluulas from us so far have said positive things about it. One guy bought an 8m, said it lived up to the hype and bough a 10m a few days later.

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Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo

Postby y2kBug » Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:45 pm

Are models other than Roam 10m and Flight 14.5m available for shipping? Any ETA on Roam 9m and Flight 12m?

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Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo

Postby droffats » Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:14 am

y2kBug wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:45 pm
Are models other than Roam 10m and Flight 14.5m available for shipping? Any ETA on Roam 9m and Flight 12m?
Yes, we have everything in stock except the 12m and 17m.



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Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo

Postby GregK » Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:05 am

Any new Aluula kite & hydrofoil owners finding incredible top end on these kites, or just me ?

Most of the time I'm riding a surf-sized hydrofoil with either a 3-strut or strutless kite about half the size TT riders are using, I'm free-ride foilling strapless, working on tacks or riding wind-swell if available. Have an Aluula 10m Roam which is an awesome light-wind foiling kite, but I'm finding if the wind picks up considerably, it's still so easy to foil with it, way more than any other similar-sized Dacron kite I've flown.

Looking forward to our higher-wind season kicking in soon so I can learn how this kite handles the steady higher-power flying that TT and surfboard riding requires.
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Re: Aluula ? New Revolutionary Material from Ocean Rodeo

Postby Pierrot » Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:52 am

GregK wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:05 am
Any new Aluula kite & hydrofoil owners finding incredible top end on these kites, or just me?
I concur! I was out this morning riding the roam 10 on TT in gusty / strong wind this morning. Well powered but did not feel over... jumps were pretty good.
I came back and a friend on a neo 10 had the kite half depowered... I experienced the same thing when foiling. top end is really good.


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