Traction EX (Concept Air)
The Traction EX is a sophisticated elliptical plan form parafoil whose looks owe something
to the paraglider world. The standard of construction was excellent although the weight of
cloth used made the kite feel a little heavier than some of the others on test. The
internal risers were made from a very stiff ripstop and felt very strong. The Dyneema
bridle was well attached and a sleeved Dyneema (paraglider bridle) line set was provided
along with handles this was a genuinely ready to fly package. The handles were a solid
design and included adjustment and anchor loops.
The Traction EX took off fast and soon proved to have a have a great deal of raw power.
The kite's forward speed was fast and it generated a lot of overhead lift. On the edges of
the window the kite's power 'was much reduced and the wing-tip had a tendency to collapse,
leaving the kite feeling heavy. The kite performed best when moving fast around the centre
of the window.
In the buggy the kite would produce traction when flying with forward speed. but once
stalled it was difficult to maintain momentum. The testers felt that the Traction EX would
be the sort of kite that would work best (like the Peel)
when very "powered up" The dominance of upward lift made it difficult for the
less experienced flyers to get much speed from an apparently very powerful kite.
The Traction EX was certainly the most powerful of all the kites tested, but the direction
of the pull was dominantly overhead. This made the kite good in the static test for small
jumps (the novice tester really enjoyed it) but it was difficult to get any real speed in
the buggy even from the experienced pilots. The kite was a sophisticated design and a well
put together ready to fly package, which has already enjoyed competitive success in kite
Loads of power
Ready to fly
|Poor edge handling
Difficult to use