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Session 1.1 (HQ Kites)

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Specifications
Model:
Make:
Dimensions:
Weight:
Sail:
Frame:
Bridles:
Opt. wind range:
Rec. Lines:
Price
Session 1.1
HQ Kites
185 X 89 cm
215 g (CX1) 210 g (Ventex)
Spi CX1 or Ventex
Carbon 5 mm Structil
3 point Dyneema
1 to 5 Beaufort
lines: 110 lbs. Length to l00ft
About 85 (CX1) 88 (Ventex)


The Session, HQ Kite's line beacon model, after more than 2 years of career needed a small overhaul in all areas to adapt to market evolution. Rather than simply propose a different look, it is a whole new kite that the German make is pulling out. One finds the quality of build and of the materials habitually used by HQ, with the beautiful French seems which assemble the 14 panels. The connectors are blocked by only one clip for an inferior spar, the tail is held by Velcro and at the central connector there are Dacron reinforcements.

The new Session has the same dimensions as the previous one, but is more stocky. The sail is more important, deeper, with a redesigned trail, lower and with small fins on the wing tips, as well as curved leading edges. At 1 Beaufort, it takes off and is already stable, turning well but not very tight. The angles are clean but not very sharp, just like the stalls . As of 2 Beaufort it responds much better, turns

more tightly, without being very fast and without developing strong traction. While opening it a bit, the stalls become nearly. This version is much calmer than the previous one and is found to be more accessible to beginners. As of 2 Beaufort, all its flight qualities allow the beginner to improve and it corresponds to the criteria of a second purchase. One can pass all the freestyle tricks, as early as 1 Beaufort, especially with short lines. In flight it appreciates yo-yos, rolls in the wing tips, a trick requiring good piloting knowledge. It passes well on its back in the entire window, and comes down in a turtle while easily recovering itself. For ground work (coin-toss axel take off), everything goes well. In cooling down its Session, HQ has not however denatured it. Just the opposite, since it is more accessible, with its healthier behavior.

 

GOOD POINTS BAD POINTS
Price
quality of build
Precision in low wind
Stalls
Verdict  
Ease of handling
Reliability
Design
Price/Quality ratio
Performance in it's category
Packaging
4/5
4/5
4/5
4/5
4/5
3/5

 

Kite Passion Magazine

This review was taken from
Kite Passion Magazine - Nov/Dec 96

 

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