home

welcome
kite reviews
kiting terminology
coping with wind
Beaufort wind scale
kiting dangers
UK kite stores
US kite stores
UK Festivals
kite fest photos
design & plans


Buggying
how to buggy
buggy: first lesson

buggy tricks guide
buggy photos
tandem buggying
kite buggy e-list


Power Kiting
kite jumping
kite surfing
kite skiing


Flexifoils
stacking Flexis

Flexi launching
spar maintenance


Misc
kiting links
KiteAstrophy
kite fest photos
the kite bag
sky surfer
sanibel 18
holder 14

aquaria

guitars
about me

Kick Vented (Cavaliers du Ciel)

Kick Vented (Cavaliers du Ciel)

Specifications
Model:
Make
Dimensions
Sail
Frame
Price
Kick Vented
Cavaliers du Ciel
205 x 120 cm
Toray Nylon & Gauze
6mm Carbon
130

DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION
The Kick is designed by Robo Spitters, well-known Dutchman on the competition circuit. The kite has a low aspect ratio shape, standing very tall, with cambered leading edges and deep, wide set standoffs. The frame in standard 6mm carbon throughout is fairly flexible. The sail has a simple graphic with a large gauze panel in each leading edge and a second and third vent inboard which have Velcro on covers to enable adjustments. The kite also has a small vent on the centre line just above the tee. Fittings were all from FSD and of good quality. The general standard of finish was above average.

FLIGHT TEST
The Kick flew at a medium pace, accelerating and generating only a small amount of pull during gusts. The kite tracked reliably although the flexibility of the frame gave rise to the occasional wobble. Again the large amount of flex in the frame showed itself when tight or snappy turns were executed. The kite would spin well within the wing tip and exhibited quite a bit of oversteer, to the point of side sliding out of a spin. The pull remained reasonably light throughout.

FUN VALUE
As the Kick is designed by Robo Spitters we were expecting to have some fun with the kite. It was quite an agile kite that would turn very quickly and trick well. No trick line was provided on the kite in the test which limited its potential for recovery. A somewhat puzzling omission on such a tricky" kite.

CONCLUSION
The Kick is a freestyle kite that has a personality similar to that of its designer. It is a little quirky and the kite is intentionally designed to have a very flexible frame. Having said that, the Vented Kick has a large area of vent available, which would give it a potentially large wind range. A trick line would need to be added the Kick to realize its full potential.

GOOD POINTS BAD POINTS
Wind range
Freestyle ability
Precision
Some aspects of construction quality

 

Kite Passion Magazine

This review was taken from
Kite Passion Magazine - Feb 98

 

General Kiting Info
home
welcome
kite reviews
terminology
coping with wind
Beaufort wind scale

safety code
kiting links
UK festival dates
UK stores
US stores

kite fest photos
design and plans

Buggying
how to buggy

first lesson

buggy tricks guide
buggy pics
tandem buggying
kite buggy email group

Power Kiting
kite jumping
kite surfing

 

Flexifoils
stacking Flexis
launching a Flexifoil

spar maintenance

 

Misc
kite bag
KiteAstrophy
sky surfer

about me
 

Extras
sanibel

holder 14

aquaria

guitars


Send Comments  The Power Kite Site
1998-2001 kitepower dot com
The Power Kite Site - www.kitepower.com



k i t e p o w e r   d o t   c o m


This website is hosted by
This website is hosted by www.kites.org ... thanks!