oonniilo wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:52 pm
Oh, i gotta clarify that. I tested (and bought) sonic2 ...........Slowish turning and pretty stable. Though they still can accidentally jump big..
You don't know "Slowish" turning unless you grew up on the Flysurfer "Speed" series. I do not have extensive experience with the "Sonic's", but they were Flysurfers answer to the Elf and and Ozone "Chrono's" that revolutionized the foilkite industry. I would actually blame Flysurfer for holding back large size foil performance with the "Speed" series. Ozone really hit the nail on the head with the "Chrono 2" and set the bar many times higher for performance of large foils. At the same time, these new kites pretty much killed the "Speed" series - at least for those of us that have flown them.
Just a note, HQ had a level of performance not available even with Ozone back in 2011. The original Matrixx 1 has almost as good free ride/freestyle performance as the "Chrono 2", though the Matrixx did lack the racing capabilities. THEN the Matrixx 2 came out, and the performance was reduced to being no better than the Flysurfer "Speed" series. HQ could have beat to Ozone to market if HQ would have just continued to develop the Matrixx series off the first version instead of copying the Flysurfer "Speed" series on the second version.
I am so far off topic that I may as well continue and reference another thread - THAT IS WHY YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR DESIGNER! They can really f--- things up if they are too scatter brained, or are not forceful enough personalities to go up against the corporate hacks that inevitably destroy kite model lineage through their focus on sales, profits, and "bling". A designer must balance R&D for the best new designs AND make sure they are not stuck in a rut, nor working backwards.