It might be interesting to find out what someone else thinks about these 2 kites, new this year from Ozone.
I now have both the large size Alpha kites 10 and 12mtr.
I have had the Ozone Reo V4 (3strut)kites for a year now and love all the sizes for Foiling apart from the 10 and 12, which although behave brillianty 95% of the time, I do have a problem when the wind is very very light, both in relaunch and onshore wind with waves whilst body dragging to deep water.
the kites are rock solid and not heavy, but they are not light enough for the problems I occasionally experience in very light wind.
The kite falling due to slack line syndrome caused by being knocked backwards by dumping waves whilst body dragging out in very light airs,
in this scenario the kite falls quickly, as it will not hang in the sky waiting for me to recover, partly my fault as I refuse to give up in silly light airs and try to get out even if the kite has to be working to keep it flying,
this then can lead to dropping the kite in deep water which on too many occasions has resulted in me drifting back in due to not being able to relaunch the kite,
so frustrating as the kite will sometimes sit on its edge but refuse to lift off, and when I give it a tug from the center to encourage a lift off it just falls backwards, all the signs of the kite being too heavy to get airborne in winds which If I was able to get flying would be ok for foiling.
So today with all 4 kites to compare I hit the water very early at Rhosneigr to try the kites in very light airs, Ist up the 12 Reo (3.13 kg) kite would not stay in the air without being worked so I decided not to enter the water.
The 12 Alpha was ready, so up it went, massive main tube with very large and long upturned kite ends,however the weight was only 2.45 kg, and the kite just sat there above me without being worked, and when lowered to 45deg it sat still again, all good, so off i went,
in winds this light a kiteloop got me up with ease, it had plenty of grunt to keep me flying,
Then I dropped into the deep water and attached a short leash to the board, the idea was to test relaunch in mega light airs, so keeping the board on a leash was important just in case, I let the kite fall but it just sat in a relaunch position with hardly any kite on the water, too easy, so I spent 10 minutes launching the kite and driving it hard into the water to get it to lie down, it point blank refused to lie down, it just sat on its edge waiting for a slight tug on a leader line for instant relaunch,
so I continued over to the left, crash! then over to the right, crash! I decided to give in as someone watching might call out the rescue,
I was amazed at this kites ability to relaunch in winds the 12 Reo would not do so well in, in fact I was amazed how the kite refused to lie down and stick to the water.
When the wind picked up I found looping both sizes felt similar to the Reo although maybe a tad slower but definitely more powerful,looping the kite into a turn I noticed the long power surge was taking me deeper off wind than the Reo would, a feature that may be described as rather exciting, zoom zoom!
Just another point that surprised me, during many many loops of both the 12 and 10 mtr Alpha I did not see or feel any flutter, that I found a little strange, maybe I wasn't trying hard enough, all one struts flutter, don't they?
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