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Trick Speed XO (Sieger's Vligers)

Trick Speed XO (Sieger's Vligers)

Specifications
Model:
Make:
Dimensions:
Sail:
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Price
Trick Speed XO
Sieger's Vligers
195 x 75cm
Skytex 44g
3 point. Dyneema
5mm Prince carbon Kevlar
5 to 25mph
110Ibs
Around 40.00

DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION
The Trick Speed has a fairly flat sail when assembled. with more depth outboard near the wing-tip pocket held with the aid of a curved GRP tensioner. The tail is full with little cut away. Construction quality and finish are good, but the reinforcements seem a bit over the top. On the sail, the trailing edge is held very tight with breaks in the profile at each standoff reinforcement. The air flow therefore seems a little bizarre. On the back of the trailing edge there is spiral stitching due to the straight cut of the cloth. All the hardware comes from HQ and the frame in Prince carbon Kevlar is excellent for this type of kite.

FLIGHT QUALITY
The Trick Speed XO was not very stable in straight line flight. Its turns were not very sharp and it didn't spin all that tightly. It has trouble recovering from a turn and had quite a bit of oversteer. All this may sound fairly bad but in freestyle, the Trick Speed showed surprising potential...

FREESTYLE
First the stop. Without moving forward too much the Trick Speed was glued to the sky and only needed a little balancing to keep it stable and still. When restarting the kite, it tended to drop its nose slightly. Standard, rolling and double axels posed no problem. The kite would recover well from a messed up trick. The more experienced pilot got it to cascade but had to take care in keeping it under control. The beginner would need to take a little more time on this figure; the same for the pancake. But the yo-yo is very easy. With the coin toss, care had to be taken to stop the kite pulling out of the maneuver too quickly. On the flat spin and 540 it spins very quickly. heightening the grace of the figure.

VERDICT
The Trick Speed XO is a pure freestyler. It is easy to trick and will do almost anything asked of it, but care was needed to maintain it at all times. It has a full program of moves which offers potential even to an experienced pilot. Excellent price to quality ratio.

 

GOOD POINTS BAD POINTS
price quality ratio
trick capability
Poor in conventional flight
Sail profile

 

Kite Passion Magazine

This review was taken from
Kite Passion Magazine - Nov/Dec 97

 

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