Flexifoil Super 10

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Review of "Flexifoil Super 10"

published 05/01/2007 | flystar
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Pro Durable, great for exercise
Cons Expensive, boring in weak winds
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"Flexifoil Super 10"

Well I bought this kite as I wanted to get into power kiting, which is a sport that uses powerful kites for jumping, traction, skidding, and surfing. This kite was on offer at £90 when I purchased it 6 months ago, but these offers have been around recently. They come in a large selection of colours but in offers they usually only have a few colours to choose from. Mine is in fluorescent yellow. The wingspan is about 10 foot, hence the name super 10.


The Kite:

The kite is provided in a fairly strong zipped fabric sleeve, which is about 1/3 of the kite's wingspan. The carbon wingspar is made of 3 rods which are connected using 2 brass connectors. The kite itself is made of chikira ripstop nylon which seems very light for its strength. The spar then needs to be threaded through one of the wingtip through to the other end. This is a very simple task that even children can carry out. The instructions are good at describing the steps. The 2 lines are made of dyneema and seem to be pre-stretched well as I haven't needed to make any adjustments to length. Again the instructions are good at showing the placement and type of knots required, 4 will need to be made in total. The padded handles are red and blue and are colour coded along with the lines to make set-up easier. The plastic line winder makes keeping the lines tangle free when packing away a doddle.
Note: The kite comes wrapped around a length of cardboard, do not dispose of this as it is very useful to wrap the kite around for repacking after use.


Flying:

Well with the wind on my back at 8mph+ this kite flew for the first time. Self-launching is easy if your have nobody to assist you, provided the grass isn't too wet. Make sure you fill the kite with air beforehand though and make sure it is the right shape - similar to an aircraft wing. On launch it shoots straight up, faster if the wind is stronger. Steering is more responsive in stronger winds. In weak winds you are just flying it but in strong winds 20mph+ you are fighting it. I have recently flown it in 35mph+ winds and its a great substitute for the gym for the upper body. After 1 hour everything was aching, especially the hands. In strong winds you will also get skids in if you drop it into the power-zone directly in front of you. I haven't managed to get much height from jumps (maybe 1ft), though it depends on your weight and wind-speed, I'm 68kg. In gusts you may find the kite overpowering, in which case don't let go of both handles, just one, this will kill the power but not let it blow away. The instructions tell you all about the power-zone and wind-window so you'll be an expert in no time. This kite is also good for older children in weaker winds, friends who want to try power kiting, or those days the wind is just too strong for anything bigger.

This kite can be stacked in formation with other super 10s but if you want more power, 4-line kites are better because 2-line kites aren't good for buggying or landboarding where brakes are vital.


Conclusion:

This is a great beginner kite, for those wanting to make a start to power kiting without killing themselves. I crashed hard several times and this kite has just taken it (great for beginners). You will learn the basics of power kite flying so you will be better equipped when you move upto even stronger 4-line kites. I'm now using a 4.5m 4-line with a landboard and loving it. This kite will get you into a healthy leisure activity which is totally addictive. The main problem is once you're in you'll be spending your extra cash on kites, not bad though if it means less for smoking.
I would say this kite is good value if on offer but at full price it is quite expensive.

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  • freeridemtber published 05/01/2007
    Superb first review! I would love to try this sport, but as a poor student would need to be a friend giving me a shot.... Welcome to Ciao. Kenny
  • Darcy-Virgin published 05/01/2007
    Chikira ripstop nylon ehi? Dyneema ehi? Never heard of them.
  • darkangelwing published 05/01/2007
    Good review there (-: .............Darko
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Long Name: Super 10

Genre: Kitesurfing

Manufacturer: Flexifoil

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