Kéops - Kites Unlimited (Pierre Marzin)
240 x 120 cm
Exel RCF Strong 6 mm
4 - 15 mph
The build quality is indeed high. Original sail pattern and graphic on a well proportioned
kite makes n overall pleasing aesthetic. The finishing details are excellent and,
unusually for a "team" kite, it comes fitted with a snag line. The bridle is
sleeved Dyneema but the markings could do to be heavier.
The 4 points bridle has adjustment possible on all legs. Factory setting is a little
light. The heavier settings make square corners much better whilst retaining full
trick-ability. The 4 legs give great stall and slide control. Needed quite a bit of
setting up to fly well first time.
This kite seems to have quite the fullest potential any full-sized sport kite I've tried.
Although cut away heavily along the trailing edge, the deep billow, long keel and tip
paddles give it rock steady racking. It is medium forward speed, fast and slow turn
possible, maybe with a little tendency to oversteer. Where it really scores is the radical
freestyle area : axle take off? flatspin ? leading edge and relievers ? No problem. I get
a double axel out of it and more.
This kite has the classic ingredients of a good team kite medium speed; straight
tracking: medium to strong pull (it definitely gives you mere feel; good visually. The
build and finish quality are great and it looks tough enough to take the punishment full
team season can give your kite. Given its huge range of maneuverability we may soon see
team and radical freestyle flying combining in previously unimagined ways.
Although Keeps may not have the "classic car" appeal of a Radical, it is much
the most interesting precision/team kite I've flown. What does work is its capacity for
doing all that is asked of it and leave you feeling there is still more to be had.
|All round performance
Build and finish quality
Bridle set up