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Re: Any OR Crave reviews yet?

Postby adamj2281 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:52 am

matth wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:42 am
adamj2281 wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:08 am
Quick update on my last post regarding the 9m Crave. I've had 2 more solid, pretty lit sessions on it, both strapless surfboard. To expand on my notes before, here are a few more and who this kite is best for:

The crave is a lot lighter and more responsive than the Roam and Prodigy, more Razor than those kites. So........if you are looking for really quick redirects on bottom turns or powered downloops into slashes, this kite wins hands down. I'm making much more aggressive, tighter turns back into the wave face from the flats after a bottom turn. I slackened the lines quite a bit today and it drifted pretty well, not as well as the Roam, but it's a tradeoff.

I got it out in side-off winds as well, and it really excelled. I figured this would be an issue with the drifting of the Roam beating it out, but in side-off I want something that will crank upwind (which it does) and something that pivots quick along with down the line drift. It did really well, really the drift surprised me after the first few sessions, I think I just needed to find the right spot to sit it.

So, if you are into a nice mix of surf/freestyle this is your kite, if you are mostly foil/surf go Roam. Prodigy is probably best for a mix of old school boosting and surf.

PM me or reply if you have any specific questions.
How was the bar pressure and depower..???

Ha, two items I never really notice unless either sticks out. Bar pressure was pretty moderate I would say, somewhere between the Roam and Razor. I've had back to back 2 hour sessions and no issues.

Depower was very effective, held it's shape well even heavily depowered. During the side-off session on it I hit each end and there was plenty of range, no issues there. I'll add that the LE is definitely smaller diameter wise (probably to cut weight) and it did not affect the handling as I've had it in some gusty conditions. I haven't crashed it more than once or twice though so...........time will tell if that LE will hold up to the abuse I'm sure to put on it.
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