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Andy Preston, the Erazor is slowly gaining in reputation. It is an all rounder in the
wider sense of the term, being able to fly in any style and is able to be used by pilots
of differing skill levels. Everyone can get something out of this kite.
183 x 89 cm
6mm carbon / Epoxy
Standard 3 point
3 to 30 mph
150-200 lbs / 100 ft
Carrying on the Xtro / Psycho
line, the Erazor comes packed in a box which is printed with instructions for assembly and
flight. The design is relatively classic with a highish lower spreader with a low cut sail
which has lightly cambered leading edges. There are Dacron reinforcements where required
and a sleeved Dyneema bridle. An elastic band holds the bottom spreaders into the 'T'; at
the other ends are the excellent Trade-winds connectors. The kite is packed with a trick
line (which you have to fit). The sail is well made with double fold French seams. The
graphic is a mixture of classic and techno with a screen-printed sail.
From take-off the Erazor did wobble a bit and needed a little care. As soon as it was
moving smoothly the kite started to develop some serious pull, although it was progressive
as the kite flew through the centre of the window. Tracking was very stable, angles were
clean but not over snappy. The Erazor is a 'jack of all trades' quite capable of all the
basics of both precision and freestyle. If you add to that the robustness and power that
the kite generates, you have a very complete beginners' kite. All the basic tricks were
easy to achieve even in a marginal wind. It was was impossible to stall the kite even when
two or more 'heavy-handed' controls were thrown at it; it would shrug them off and power
away again. Make sure you choose a heavier line for this kite than for most of the others
in this category (150 to 2OOlbson a windy day).
Only the odd leading edge connector slid around. Not a single breakage. The Erazor
confirms its strong and solid reputation.
The Erazor was popular for its power. An excellent all rounder that will do as it's told.
The learner gains good grounding in all aspects of flying without fear of breakages. A
kite that will undoubtedly carry on satisfying a more experienced pilot, especially in
lighter winds. Kids - beware of the pull.