Hugh2 wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:41 pm
Have to agree with the Captain. Naish Pivot introduced 2015, that's just six years ago, was a revolution for me and many others, and the quadtex canopy material from 2017 onwards was another significant step forward. My newest Pivot is only 2018, so I cannot comment on the 2019 and 2020 changes, but they seemed very popular in Cape Town this past summer.
So, I have actually done this experiment with a few different manufacturers, sometimes brand-new out-of-the-box kites, sometimes with used that were used one or two times.
What most people feel is blown out canopy vs new crispy canopy that's in spec. Go out and buy two of the exact same kite fly both once to make sure that they are the same, pack one away, and then put the other one through a hard season of use. At the end of that season, fly both against each other, and you will notice a huge difference between the same kite.
That's what I am most excited about with the new graphene material. Maybe our kites won't become blown out and change their feel in one season. If that happens, then the whole idea of new kite being Revolutionary or game changers, will die very quickly.