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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby GregK » Wed May 20, 2020 5:54 am

Pierrot wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 3:41 am
surprised to see the kite behavior ... where it overflies the guy and loses line tension...

Same with the comment at the end that both models tested have an « i love you - i hate you » feeling in the bar...

Anybody who flew the roam aluula gold and would care to comment?
Thanks
Have had one of the stage 1 demo 10m Aluula Roams around recently for a two week demo period. I got 5 sessions on it, mostly light-wind foiling, but had one high wind day where a bunch of local riders tried it.

I suspect the front-stall in Leon's video was a result of a complete wind shut-down or dramatic direction shift. In light wind, I found the gold Roam to be extremely stable, staying put in the lightest breeze. Also if & when the wind did shut off and the kite hit the water, it relaunches SO easily in light wind, mind-blowing how easy it is to re-launch and how little wind it needs to get back up.

In higher or gusty wind, the kite reacts very quickly, that if the rider isn't used to a reactive kite, it can be daunting. Generally the trend with other local kiters who tried it, the more experienced the rider, the more they liked it.
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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby Sbrinckman » Wed May 20, 2020 5:59 am

Last week I got a change to fly the Aluula Roam 10m. Wind side on, gusty, 13-22 knots. Normally strapless on 633 hydrofoil with with my 76 kg I'd be uncomfortable flying overpowered, but with this kite I could easy sail in gusts and lulls, without being pulled off the board. Kite flew steady all the time. I hope to try the kite in low wind conditions. I've seen it relaunch.

Check ‘gerrit renooij’ in YouTube. He has 10 vids on aluula roam.
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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby EastCC » Wed May 20, 2020 8:28 am


I was quite surprised to see the kite behavior at the beginning of the video when tested on the ground where it overflies the guy and loses line tension...

Same with the comment at the end that both models tested have an « i love you - i hate you » feeling in the bar... i guess he means non consistent power delivery...

Both observations very unlike what I experienced when I demoed the roam 10 aluula black last fall for 3hrs in very gusty Light winds...

Anybody who flew the roam aluula gold and would care to comment?
Thanks
Power delivery I have found to be super smooth, and the kite is very stable in the air with a very big usable wind range. Not sure what was going on in that video, but Its certainly not the experience we've had with the Aluula kites over here.

Adam from The Kiteloft first flight in very light wind:

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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby Greenturtle » Wed May 20, 2020 1:13 pm

GregK wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 5:54 am
Pierrot wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 3:41 am
surprised to see the kite behavior ... where it overflies the guy and loses line tension...

Same with the comment at the end that both models tested have an « i love you - i hate you » feeling in the bar...

Anybody who flew the roam aluula gold and would care to comment?
Thanks
Have had one of the stage 1 demo 10m Aluula Roams around recently for a two week demo period. I got 5 sessions on it, mostly light-wind foiling, but had one high wind day where a bunch of local riders tried it.

I suspect the front-stall in Leon's video was a result of a complete wind shut-down or dramatic direction shift. In light wind, I found the gold Roam to be extremely stable, staying put in the lightest breeze. Also if & when the wind did shut off and the kite hit the water, it relaunches SO easily in light wind, mind-blowing how easy it is to re-launch and how little wind it needs to get back up.

In higher or gusty wind, the kite reacts very quickly, that if the rider isn't used to a reactive kite, it can be daunting. Generally the trend with other local kiters who tried it, the more experienced the rider, the more they liked it.
In the kitefinder vid it appears there are trees both upwind and downwind quite close by, and also the wind is very light... didn’t see them check for front stall on the standard roam, but they do compare edge of window position on both and they are close. By most accounts the roam is stable and does not sit forward as say the flite. So Im guessing the light conditions coupled with interruptions created by the nearby trees makes things a bit flukey. Would any kite have done the same in that spot in that moment? They don’t show, but they know their spots so who knows...

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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby Greenturtle » Wed May 20, 2020 1:27 pm

In the Real vid, they say aluula 14.5 flite is 5.8 lbs (2.6kg) however weight is listed at 4.9 lbs (2.2kg) most other places including their description page.
Thats a big discrepancy! Which is it?
Stafford maybe you can clear it up?
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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby Pierrot » Wed May 20, 2020 1:41 pm

Power delivery I have found to be super smooth, and the kite is very stable in the air with a very big usable wind range. Not sure what was going on in that video, but Its certainly not the experience we've had with the Aluula
Glad to hear since I already placed an order for a 10m :D

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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby jumptheshark » Wed May 20, 2020 2:51 pm

Sbrinckman wrote:
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Yeah man! This is a truly special kite. I envy those with one on order.

You can easily see how that kite behaves differently than a heavier version. Just watching the rate of acceleration at upward angles, the loop speed and ease of reverse relaunch. This is going to push the industry for the next 5 years at least.

Exciting times.
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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby droffats » Wed May 20, 2020 7:50 pm

Greenturtle wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 1:27 pm
In the Real vid, they say aluula 14.5 flite is 5.8 lbs (2.6kg) however weight is listed at 4.9 lbs (2.2kg) most other places including their description page.
Thats a big discrepancy! Which is it?
Stafford maybe you can clear it up?
My pre-production 14.5m is 5.8 pounds on our scale too.
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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby iriejohn » Wed May 20, 2020 8:06 pm

droffats wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 7:50 pm
Greenturtle wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 1:27 pm
In the Real vid, they say aluula 14.5 flite is 5.8 lbs (2.6kg) however weight is listed at 4.9 lbs (2.2kg) most other places including their description page.
Thats a big discrepancy! Which is it?
Stafford maybe you can clear it up?
My pre-production 14.5m is 5.8 pounds on our scale too.
Don't shoot me if I'm wrong, but I suspect that the Flite Gold 14.5m may weigh 2.6kg with standard bladders, and 2.2kg with Aluula bladders. I'd guess that currently shipping Flite Gold 14.5m have standard bladders.
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