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Blackbird 1 (BlackBird Company)

Blackbird 1 (BlackBird Company)

Specifications  
Make
Model
Designer
Dimensions
Weight
Sail
Frame
Bridle
Rec Lines
Wind range
Blackbird Company
Blackbird 1
M Fellion
253 x 110 cm
330 g
Icarex P32
Skyshark 5P.
3 points
150 - 200 lbs
4-15 mph

Build/Design
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 product.

Bridle adjustment
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 ?

Maneuverability
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.

Team potential
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.

Verdict
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.

Good Points Bad Points
Attention grabbing
Massively improved performance by cutting spreaders
Very elaborate bridle
Scary axle

 

Kite Passion Magazine

This kite review was taken from
Kite Passion Magazine - Nov/Dec 96
Review by Jeremy Boyce

 

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