This adjustment might not concern me after a few years of flying the kite, but a brand new out-of-the bag kite shouldn't require new knots to adjust the steering lines so the kite will perform properly. Maybe it's not a deal killer, but it's definitely worth noting in a kite review. There are a lot of people who just won't tolerate that level of adjustment on a brand new $2500 kite. Just my 2 cents, of course.
Tying knots is basic kiteboarding skill set. If you can't then you are not really competent. Yes making adjustments on new gear is never ideal. But there is a history to this with foil kites. Also consider that line shrinks when unused, so if the stock is old it is likely to need adjustment.
mar menor wrote:
"I was on flag beach recently - there was ozone team to shoot HL V2 and alpha"
So will be interesting to compare the V2 Hyperlink and the changes
It is great more medium AR foils are getting development. The hyperlink is more my style than the soul. I wish Ozone would close cell some of their other foils, which I like even more.
My friend had a ozone foil. The bridles need adjustments so it cost him 300.00 for new bridles plus 2 hours to replace all of them. With Flysurfer you do a mixer test that take 10 minutes.No other cost. I know that many kiters do not understand the mixer tests . They think that only Flysurfer will have bridle adjustments to be done...
This is not right. The only bridle parts you should be replacing are broken bits or pulley lines that wear. All bridles are adjustable, all you need is some appropriate line and knots. Usually though you can restretch things or tie adjustments in existing components. One thing with Ozone is a lack of LCLs makes bridle fixing a huge pain.
The Flysurfer mixer test is overrated and over complicated in someways. It's standard adjustment to level things can make things worse and it has no Z adjustment which is the main adjustment needed.
Okkiteboarder wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:23 pm
A new project I've been working on to compare two of the most popular foil kites on the market today. The SOUL VS. HYPERLINK SHOWDOWN.
I will comment on the zip vs velcro. Flysurfer had velcro then went to zips for a long while then back to velcro. Zips have a problem of wearing out, corroding, getting stuck and breaking. They be fine for a few years and regular use. Pulling out a kite after it's shelved for a month or so to have a corroded stuck zip is not fun. You can use plastic zips so they don't corrode but they wear faster..
Packing on the water, I am not a expert but you more want a smaller opening so to keep air pressure up as you roll so to prevent lots of water getting in the kite. With zips I have always only partially opened them for this. Though my limited experience I may be wrong.
For deflation towards the TE is worse. The thicker part of the wing allows better airflow out. A zip near the LE on the back is best I think. Neither HL or Soul has this. You could open the center cell on the HL and it should deflate ok. Overall I think I prefer a zip, as long as it is just a standard style, so easy to replace and plastic and isn't too long. The HL zip is way too long like old FS ones were.