windmlv wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:02 am
Still waiting for any comments on the Kauper Kites.
Can't seem to find anything anywhere.
Hopefully, we will hear something soon.
First, I’ve only been on the Maverick 9m three times (twice with the Pintxo bar). And only on waveboard, not foil (no real waves either).
Confident strapless rider but not super advanced (don’t nail the power jibe every single time e t c). So if you don’t find it good enough, just disregard ok
But I felt info was scarce (from other users I mean) when infosearching this kite. Rainer provides excellent detailed info himself (thank you for that), both on his own site and on forums like this (or oase) - but somehow you want to read other peoples reflections anyway (or at least I do). Sure I need more sessions on it, but here’s my 2 c so far.
Wind about 11-13 kt, I'm 5'2 and 58 kg (c a 130 lbs) so that was no problem. Kite, 9m, is very stable and trustable and the bar feels fantastic. Very light and super clean as you know (I went from Cab to Core bars - and now it's one step further).
Sits stable on the wingtip during self tethered launch as well.
In short Rainer’s description on the site is very spot on. And of course why wouldn’t it be? Again, I was on strapless, not hydrofoil.
The precise power distribution of the bar is very noticeable right away. You easily kill all the power which feels very good. Great for me since the wind picked up a lot later on 2nd session (about 19-22 kt, gusts a bit more). The kite handles superb even if overpowered (lightyears away from my one strut kites). Does not lock itself in a certain place in the window, but quick and agile the whole time.
The gradual power in the bar travel is (as stated) very sensitive, especially the very last bit sheeted in. Feels like a lot happens that last cm. I absolutely love it, it’s what I want and why I bought it - and it takes getting used to. Any other bar feels very slow in comparison. Pintxo is so light and so calibrated, it's sort of two new factors at the same time. I had to make sure I sheeted out when kite was in certain positions in the window (naturally, but much more and faster than other kites). I got a few lifts when I swept the kite overhead to waterstart and treated the bar like my old Cab.. No doubt you could get good jumps on it (but think I'll use my XR5's for that..).
No worries what so ever about the tubing running through the bar, it's very smooth regardless of angle or position of the bar. Felt 100% safe with it, same with the Wichard shackle.
Really enjoyed the drift and the fast turning ability while jibing and playing around, best I ever experienced (in comparison I have both Drifter and Reo). It’s a fast, stable and very precise kite.
However, when the wind picked up I had a tough time managing the jibes, it’s so fast across the window that my timing went completely off. This is not bad, just wanna explain how I experienced it's behaviour. Will need to dial that power stroke in. And the trimming probably. Gee, I really have to get started on the foil soon! Turn on a dime..
The depower knots on the backline was a bit hard to get sliding in to the bar. This will of course get better when the knots get tighter over time (nothing new, has been discussed in this thread, there is a post on that subject by Rainer). Otherwise it was very clean and easy even with thick gloves on. Love not having a dangling depower rope in my face. Besides, you can kill the power so well with the bar stroke anyway. Just have to get used to how it behaves depending on trim.
Ditched the kite twice and managed to relaunch fine, albeit it took longer than with a LEI. It sinks more into the water and is slower to get on the wing tip (had 9 bar in it). Again, this is nothing unknown, I know the traits of thinner tubes. But it is noticeable. If wind goes down it can sink further (especially if trailing edge down) and you need good technique then. Right now I would not take it in conditions when I need a very fast water relaunch, I have to get more familiar with it first.
The ’steering line and opposite powerline’-technique works good since it’s low Y. Tried it several times on another day when the wind failed me (albeit reached the bottom with my feet which helps). And pulling the centerlines when trailing edge down also works well if you do it fast, before it's sinks a little. It's so light that you yank it up pretty fast.
Another thing, the reach is fine even for my short arms. Important factor for me.
I was a bit hesitant over that, but it’s fine for sure. Have the Wichard shackle on a rope. Wasn’t sure how well I would be able to stretch out my arm and depower the stroke, but it worked excellent.
If I try to make a metaphor about this kite it would be like cooking on an electric stove compared to a gas stove. The first one is a slow heater and slow to cool off. You pretty much know the behaviour of step 1-6 on the knob. It’s predictable and you know what you're gonna get. But with the gas is very sensitive, turn it up and the pot will boil right away, and chill just as fast as you turn it down. And the 'steps' are infinite, you need to get a 'feel' for it.
That's sort of the feeling so far, when you get the finger tip feeling dialled in for this gear - it will be the most precise instrument.
Hope I'll do some more 'cooking' this weekend