athen wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 30, 2023 3:34 pm
I would like to ask your advice because I am REALLY undecided whether to buy the new Marabou V2 or the Flysurfer Hybrid.
I am interested in using these mono skin foil kites only with my hydrofoil board (so absolutely not with the twintip nor with a surf board!)
I state that I have already had the old Marabou (first edition), I like them a lot with my twintip, but I felt too many times overpowered when I was on my Hydrofoil board. I have to say that also looping with the Marabou and the foil board has never been optimal for me, always too much power.
Can anyone refute or reassure me on this?
so my dilemma now is: should I buy the new Marabou 2 hoping they are much better than the old ones?
or do I change completely and throw myself into the Flysurfer Hybrid?
thanks a lot!!
The choice between the Hybrid and Marabou2 comes down to your style. Do you want something that's more dynamic, lively, and more playful? Then the Marabou2 is for you. Are you looking for more of a "Park and ride" type of kite? Something that lets you concentrate more on your boarding? Then it's the Hybrid.
The Marabou2 is much more Peak like if you've ridden them. On my 8m I've ridden on my custom Groove 90cm wave board with the 633 from 8 to 22kte fairly comfortably. The bar pressure and power is more progressive and the kite produces much more power per size. On the upper part of its wind range, the loop becomes too powerful while on hydrofoil.
The Hybrid is significantly different. Its shape and much lower aspect ratio makes it produce much less power per size. With the same equipment I would say the bottom end of the wind range on the 7.5m is at least 5kts less. I haven't taken it out in the same high winds but it's a good guess to say it has a higher top end and is easier to handle in those high winds. For reference the Hybrid 7.5 produces less power than my Peak5 6m. Bar pressure is higher and you usually only use the last couple inches of bar travel to make the kite do anything. The kite doesn't backstall and you really have to force it to loop. It takes much longer to inflate on launch but I think it may deflate faster for packdown slightly.
The Hybrid also flutters A LOT while the Marabou barely does if at all. The hybrid slack line drifts a little better than the marabou2 mostly because of its compact shape while the Marabou2 will have a tendency to fold in on itself slightly on one side but it's never been an issue. For water relaunch it's kinda hard to compare. The compact rounded shape of the Hybrid means one line relaunch is better but does to its large resistance to back stalling, it doesn't reverse launch very well unlike the Marabou2 which does very easily. The bridle on the Marabou2 looks better build but does not have adjustment like the hybrid does. Lastly the Hybrid has Velcro butthole compared to the zip on Marabou2.