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Eleveight RS 2020 review

Postby john a » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:04 am

Review of the allroundkite Eleveight RS 2020

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Re: Eleveight RS 2020 review

Postby nothing2seehere » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:45 pm

Had a chance to get a test on one a couple of weeks ago. Thought I would add a few points in case anyone needed a little more information in deciding what to demo. I tested a 9m RS in probably 22-28knots of cold gusty wind. Left the kite on the default out of the bag settings (freeride on the front and possibly (can't be sure) soft on the rear lines) on a 47cm universal bar on 22m lines (No idea why the dealer didn't give me the bar to go with it but the bar had only had about 10 sessions so was in good tune).

Its a fast turning kite. Probably the most responsive kite I have ever flown (and that include the OR Flite). Really playful
The canopy material is gorgeous. The anti UV layer really makes the water bead and run off which is quite satisfying when you are packing away.
Although the website says its a grunty turn, its not. I was perfectly happy downlooping this kite right at the top of the wind range. You won't get extra low end by working the kite like a bridled C style kite.
It jumps well (wide sweet spot as the video above says) and I got a new height record which is nice - but that's more a reflection of how friendly it is rather than it being a one trick pony.
Reassuringly stable at the top of the wind range. You know you are really powered but it doesn't feel like things are going to get hairy. The kite shifts in the wind window to smooth the wind surges so you get a much smoother feeling on the bar and its easy to keep an edge in choppy water. I came in at the end and pumped my regular 9m to test and it wasn't fun in comparison (and I struggled to get anywhere near as high due to the gusty conditions).
Hang time was good but not in the same league as the really flat kites like the XR5/Rebel etc. Landings were soft but not as soft as those kites either.
Its fairly back stall resistant and it stalls gently and is easy to recover.

Didn't get a chance to test the low end so can't comment on that but I can see this kite suiting a lot of people like me who only get to kite once a week or so and don't have the luxury of specialising in one discipline

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