Blackbird 1 (BlackBird Company)
253 x 110 cm
150 - 200 lbs
Drawing its inspiration from at least three ether welI known kites, it has developed its
own charter and now has a truly distinctive, individual image. In appearance, it is as
striking as its male (namesake - shiny, jet black body with a bright flash of vivid color
at the nose. In build, it has the finish you would expect of such a typical-stylish French
Thankfully it flew straight from the bag because is kite has the most adjustment
possibilities and therefore screw-up potential) of any precision/team kite ever seen. Not
only that, the whole bridle has been turned through 120 degrees with the single leg going
to the top spreader/leading edge. In fairness the instructions only describe the
adjustments, so why make all the others possible ?
I was impressed at how this kite leapt into the air in what was frankly marginal wind.
Straight line tracking is good. Medium forward speed and consistent turn. Acceleration
when needed . Square corners are correct. Stable stall and good slides. Lands well. OK for
leading edge take-off and rollovers. Slightly nervy axle with the kite going fully
backwards and loads striking out for the line to catch. Adding a snag line stops that and
makes it possible to flip out/recover in a way some other kites would not contemplate.
Has a high impact in team situation. Mainly positive handling but square corners and axles
need more and attention. Stronger than its classy look would have you believe.
Vastly improved by 2.5 cm reduction in cross spreader length. This is almost the kite
that's got everything, all the gadgets in the book.
Massively improved performance by cutting spreaders
|Very elaborate bridle