Durum wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 14, 2023 3:10 pm
If Duotone didn't choose to use the Vegas SLS, it is weird that I saw the kite with production print on an IG story two days ago.
Rebel Dlab is definitely in the making(couple weeks ago Aaron hadlow was riding a white and grey Rebel (sls 2024? Dlab?))
Dice Dlab is also in the making (see thread I made about it, with pictures).
Well because for 2022 and 2023 you could not get a Vegas in sls construction. As I read and I can’t seem to find the article, the riders thought the sls version didn’t feel right.
We saw Aaron Hadlow on an aluula 5 strut pro type several 2 years ago. Right now you can only get the rebel in sls.
Right now, the only duotone kite you can buy that is sls that is smaller than 7m is the neo and the neo dlab only goes to 7.
The ceo of duotone discusses this in the duotone now magazine and there is a food discussion of materials in there too.
https://www.duotonesports.com/booklet/D ... 022/92-93/
Obviously things change as riders change, the competition changes, the sport evolves, and designers becomes more experienced with materials,
I wonder if DLab is really a good marketing strategy.. people will want to ride what they see the pros riding. If the pros do all end up riding Dlab kites and the pricing is out of reach then people will look to other brands where they can afford to ride the same kites as the pros.
I held up the example of Lasse Walker on the dice as an example where a duotone pro picked a regular version of the kite rather than sls. So I’m not convinced right now, the pros will all ride dlab versions.
I might change kites because they are cheaper but I can’t imagine changing to a cheaper kite just so I can ride what a pro rides.
On the other hand, if all of these fancy materials aren’t giving a competitive advantage to the pros, that might be a marketing issue.
And after the recent Kota it doesn’t surprise me that there are some dice and rebel prototypes running around as the double loop seems to be a necessity now. And the young guns shut out the old and even not so old guard.
Anyway, I don’t think good ole Dacron is done. I believe we will see more use of stiffer lighter materials and it will be interesting to watch.
The segmentation of the kite lines is an evolution of a maturing market.
I agree the risk will be if the price gets too high it will just become too expensive of a sport.