Wave kite

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Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:39 pm

Hi switch. I was wondering if you were going to produce anymore wave kites?
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Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:52 pm

Hello Imi25:
We believe the Element4 to be a great wave kite for most conditions. That said, we are continuing to make and test various prototypes. In order to clarify, please tell us what you are looking for in a wave kite. Also, this is a good time for others to contribute their thoughts on the Element as a wave kite and what they desire that would be different or needed in a pure wave kite. Looking forward to this discussion because rider feedback, for the most part, directs our development.
Thanks for the question!
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Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:42 pm

I've ridden a 9m Ozone Reo V3 not long ago, and I thought it behaved and felt very similar to the Element V3.

Bar pressure is similar, turning speed and responsiveness similar too.

I found the Reo to be a tiny bit better drifter, but on the other hand the Element V3 is more stable in gusty wind (I found the Reo to be a bit nervous on the front lines)

Element relaunch is tiny bit better, and depowered response is better. Can't say if there's a difference in upwind... was a lot of current that day...

Can't say anything about the kiteloop power of the Reo or how it jumps and unhooks. Can say the Element is very decent with those things.

Element V4 is probably a bit better for waves, but I'm not sure if there are sacrifices in other areas.

Long story short: Element already is a very good wavekite.
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Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:24 am

Look no further than the element v4 for a great wave kite!
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Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:51 pm

I've had my EV4 9m out about 30 times now & have to say I'm really impressed with it as a wave dedicated kite. I regularly get people commenting on how smooth & stable it looks. Build quality is as good, if not better than the more expensive brands (North,Ozone,Naish)

Possible Improvements could be:

Lighter build to improve drift even more.
More compact bridle, without impacting on performance. (Spider bridle ?)
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Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:02 pm

topmick wrote:..........
More compact bridle, without impacting on performance. (Spider bridle ?)
Hopefully a spiderbridle that can be adapted / attached to the E V4 :mrgreen:

dude :ugeek:
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Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:42 pm

Hello Naishdude:
The E4 does not have the necessary bridle locations for a Spider bridle.
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Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:25 pm

A wave, all round kite that will perform in onshore conditions and at the same time will have boost capabilities :idea:
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Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:01 pm

Hopefully the Element V5 will be available the first quarter 2016. Any update, Switch Team?
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Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:40 pm

thomashorton wrote:Hopefully the Element V5 will be available the first quarter 2016. Any update, Switch Team?
Less than a year after the release of the Element4? I very much doubt that.
Helium3 12, Element6 9, Element5 7-5.
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