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Re: Slingshot UFO

Postby Whattheflock » Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:10 pm

Very interested in these kites.. wonder what the wind range will be for the 7 and 9m.. my 3strut 7m prodigy works down to around 12 knots so this must have a little more range.. Jumping likely won't be good.. My next quiver might be a 7m strutless and 7m struted lol. Change the foil with the kite depending on the wind lol!

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Re: Slingshot UFO

Postby jakemoore » Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:24 pm

5m 1304g

The bag is laughably small. Probably better suited to carry lunch.

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Re: Slingshot UFO

Postby wavy navy » Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:27 pm

Didn't get it. Compared to my experiences with ghost:
Ghost:
Very easy relaunch
fantastic low end
small range
slow turning

UFO:
complicated relaunch - seems clear
low end?
range?
fast turning - seems clear

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Re: Slingshot UFO

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Re: Slingshot UFO

Postby jakemoore » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:48 pm

Just had a very nice session with 7m on a surfboard and leftover 5-6' mush left over from Hannah. In 20-25 knot winds I was quite impressed with the lack of flogging on depower. Upwind angles on a surfboard were also close to the strutted kites out today.

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Re: Slingshot UFO

Postby purdyd » Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:17 am

5m 1310 grams
7m 1633 grams

In spite of appearances, it is possible to get the kite back into the lunch bag.

You can have any color you want as long as it is blue and white.

5m in 12 - 19 average wind speed. Really easy to fly in that range. No problem getting up on foil. Kind of hangs back in the window a bit until powered so maybe not the best upwind kite.

Not a real fast kite. Not a big spike on the downstroke. Climbs up well.

Has a great bar feel and sheeting range. Minimal fluttering. Very easy for swapping feet. Easy to completely depower. Perfect for waves.

Will just hang there until you decide to do something. Will climb up really easy.

Easy self launch. Will have to get some sand bags or lay it on the back.

Great kite. Worth a try if you foil.

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Re: Slingshot UFO

Postby oregonkiter » Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:46 am

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I was out from 11:15-->3:30 on 5 ufo. Perfect size for today in that wind. I also have found that pulling as little as 1" of depower really knocks the edge off of 30 mph gusts. Super fun foiling kite!

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Re: Slingshot UFO

Postby a99 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:00 am

Maybe someone can write impressions of Ufo comparing with Peak4 in foiling?

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Re: Slingshot UFO

Postby Onda » Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:37 am

Yes, comparison with the Peak4 will be interesting. I guess that "UFO Kills the Peak Star " :lol:
Can´t believe that a 7 m UFO works fine in 10-20 kts of wind! Can anyone confirm this, really?!

There is a very detailled test report on German Gleiten.TV (German only: https://gleiten.tv/index.php/video/acti ... /page/480/ ). They speak about many details of the UFO (they tested 5, 7 and 9 m²). Lift seems to be very good. Wind range is mentioned to be comparable to a 1 m² larger 3-strut kite. Doesn´t sound like 10-20 kts with the 7 m²...
They also state that the UFO generates very little pull after the first sine to get up on the board / foil. It has to be flown fast to generate constant and sufficient pull. Partly due to this characteristic they recommend the UFO for "good and very good foilers" who "never drop their kites".

There seems to be only one shop in Germany which sells the UFO yet. €1,300 for a 7 m² looks more than weird :rollgrin:

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Re: Slingshot UFO

Postby a99 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:58 am

7m2 ufo range can be 10-20 i think. I’m foiled with Older North rebel 7 m2 and lowend was for sure 11-12 knots. What is not clear how Ufo eating gusts and strong gusts, nobody talking about this, but its hard to imagine that no strut kite can eat big gusts. For 1300 you can buy two kite quiver- two peaks different sizes or two Kauper xt kites or one Peak one Kauper Kites and ha


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