your right, the kite did bed in today,
flew it back to back with the other 2 kites, the chrono v3 ul and Hyperlink v2,
the Soul felt so much better today, very enjoyable to feel the kite behave in a way I can adapt to, its so different to the Hyperlink v2, very different in so many ways, and against the chrono its different again, but less so,
With my 6 month kite foil trip only 96 days away, I needed to practice water relaunch, as this has been on my mind so much and made me buy the soul as its reputation is strong in this regard,that's for sure, and I have seen unbelievable relaunches of the soul in the last 2 years.
I tried 2 hours of "crashing" each kite in as many awkward ways I could think of, and some basic ones where the tip hits the water on a kite loop, and the yikes one where you run towards the kite and let the bar go completely slack leaving the kite to fold in and collapse in a mess, the chrono was not the best, I expected that! and water entered more quickly making the tips heavy which took ages to spill away as the kite struggled to take off again,
reverse relaunches, now that was shockingly fast on the soul, wow! the kite just pinwheel turns round and shoots up without grabbing the centre lines, in fact i tried so hard to sink it, I was having fun inventing new crashes to try a fool the kite, even caused the kite to invert round the wrong way which looked quite mad, but I just let the bar go and waited for a while just swimming backwards a little to keep the lines under slight tension, it sorted itself out with a little tweak on the steering lines and up she went, the hype was true, simply amazing, the hyperlink was very good, but not that good, the soul kite and its lage supported section near the vents just keeps it vents high out of the water, and into wind catching any airflow it can inhale,that is the big difference between these kites, only the soul has this feature, and also helps the kite stay inflated when resting on the beach, left there on the sand while i was using the other two kites the soul was still inflated 30 - 40 mins later, and a little pull on the lines had it shooting up again,full relaunch marks to the sou - 10/10, hyperlink v2 second - 8/10, and Chrono v3 ul -7/10
The winds were light all day, at times under 6 knts and even less, this did show up something not at all surprising, the best kite by far in just staying up there in these silly light airs was the hyperlink v2, it just was so easy to keep exactly where i wanted it, and letting the bar go just had the kite waiting around without deforming, just gently lowering itself a little and then rising again, simply magical, and the kite is the easiest to fly without any drama or worry, its probably the best or one of the best "performance" freeride foil kites on the market for the foil kite newbies, so so easy to use, turns fast and is great fun, faster than the chrono, and its just a little bit more fun to fly, pin point accurate when you need it to be, the kites reaction to bar input is instant and fast without being fearsome, it's a gentle kite, but with heaps of power spike when you back loop it to get you up and going in the light stuff, although its a tad weaker than the other two in the standard normal style of power stroke,
the kite weights are for the x3 9mtr kites - when new, out of the box, no straps, no bag, no instruction book, just the new kite.
Chrono v3 ultra light 1.62 kg
Hyperlink v2 1.65 kg
Soul 1.90 kg,
by the way, none of the kites would get me going in the winds under 3-4 knts, not even my 11mtr chrono, but the hyperlink still wanted to stay up there and just play, the incoming tide did not help as it was running downwind robbing me of some wind speed, in these winds the soul and chrono were not happy, and needed constant attention to prevent misbehaviour.
light wind ability for this size,
Hyperlink v2 10/10 Chrono v3 ul 9/10 Soul 9/10, but the soul will score a tad less due to more misbehaviour when body dragging out in waves as it will not hover as well when a wave pushes back and slacks the lines a little, the hyperlinks in all small sizes, v1 ul and v2s are exceptionally good at this hover ability.
Need a bit of wind now to let the Soul show its stronger side, boosting and locked down upwind speed and stability when locked into the footstraps, I am hoping the reports of this ability is just as true as its water relaunch ability, not the best feature of my Hyperlink, but will it beat my chrono? just matching it will make me very happy, as the price difference is - well a big chunk of cash, in favour of the soul.
A long tiring day today, and now have 3 wet sandy kites to wash and dry.
all good fun1