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Lowind 240 (Paimpol)

Lowind 240 (Paimpol)

Specifications
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Paimpol
Lowind 240
240 x 115 cm
254 kg
Polyester & Mylar Scrim
5 and 6 mm Carbon
Techniline Dyneema Turbo
2 - 15 mph
35-75 ft / 50-80 lbs
about 80

First came the excellent Lowind 170, then came the 200, now we have the 240, designed along the same lines and made of similar materials to its two smaller brothers. This model features dihedral angle at both lower and upper spreader joints. This gives the kite a "swept back" look as the spine protrudes well ahead of the leading edges. In theory this should diminish problems of line tangles on the wing tips, and allow the kite to take off from a belly down position on the ground. This unusual geometry should also help to prevent the spine from flexing too much higher winds.

The frame is a strategic mix of 5 and 6mm carbon, matched to the aeras which take the most strain. The hardware is composed of new, well designed, translucent mouldings which are made in-house by Paimpol. They have chosen the option of a turbo bridle. When flying, the Lowind 240 reveals itself as far better behaved than its two smaller stablemates. The dihedral of the wing makes the kites turns wide and the kites speed and pull are moderate.

With its tough; light frame the Lowind will happily carry on flying even in higher winds than the recommended 4-15 mph. Precision is not the kites strong point and angular turns were not distinguished but the Lowind does offer good trick capabilities with a great deal of tolerance of pilot error, (in setting up for axels particularly) also the capacity for recovery from the belly-down-nose-towards-you position saves many a walk !

The Lowind 240 would be a good choice for freestyle beginner, or for a more experienced pilot attracted to a large kite in the trendy style.

 

Good Points Bad Points
Techno design
Trickability
Easytake off
Sharp turns

Verdict
 
Ease of Use
Design
Price/Quality Ratio
Performance in it's category
Packaging
4/5
4/5
4/5
3/5
3/5

 

Kite Passion Magazine

Kite Review taken from
Kite Passion Magazine Mar/Apr 97

 

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