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Shuriken Omega Strong (Spirit of Air)
Spirit of Air
260 x 115cm
Icarex PC31 + gauze
Avia Sport and G-Force tapered carbon
The Omega is a large kite with curved leading edges and a scalloped trailing edge with
stand-offs and in tip stretchers. The frame consists a mixture of Avia Sport
2300-pultruded carbon and G-Force Super Ultra Light wrapped carbon in e lower spreaders.
It has an Icarex sail and is very well made; all vulnerable areas were reinforced with
Dacron. There are gauze panels on each leading edge and in the wing tips. Fittings were
all from APA and the tee comes in FSD.
The Omega Strong flew smoothly and was an assured precision performer. Straight-line
flight was steady and snap turns quick and wobble free. The Omega did not pull too hard,
but during gusts it did start to generate some traction, which made us wonder whether it
had enough vent for really strong conditions. Despite this the speed of the kite was
fairly easy to control. Snap stalls were possible even close to the centre of the window.
The kite did start to make some noise during stronger gusts but as silent the rest of the
Despite its size, the Omega Strong was a fairly nimble kite that was light to the touch
and quick to respond. The kite axeled easily and multiple tricks were possible if the
pilot kept moving forward. It was possible to make the kite belly out and flat spin, but
only at the very edges of the wind window. Speed and pull did not feel uncontrollable
until the wind really got ballistic and overall the quickness and agility of the kite made
it entertaining most of the time.
The Shuriken Omega Strong is a large, well-made kite that performs well in precision and
will trick in conditions right up to quite strong winds. The frame did start to distort
and some problems with spreaders popping out of the tee joint were experienced. The quick
and easy-to-fly nature of the kite kept the fun level up, but we felt that it might start
to become uncomfortable in really strong winds.
Precise quick response