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Vento (HQ)

The Vento proved almost the benchmark for this sort of test.
It is the archetypal good first kite: easy, reasonably priced, reliable.
But the Vento 98 has changed, will it be as good as its predecessor?

Vento (HQ)

Specifications
Model
Make
Dimensions
Weight
Frame
Sail
Bridle
Wind Range
Rec. Lines
Price
Vento
HQ
165 x 85 cm
188 g
5mm carbon
Ventex
Standard 3 point bridle
3 to 20 mph
50-150lb/ 75-100 ft
55

PRESENTATION
The general layout is the same. New things come in the form of a Dacron leading edge (it was spinnaker before), webbing on the nose, (Dacron on the old model). They are not major changes, but they are enough to change the look of the Vento. The sail is still Ventex with four 3mm GRP standoffs giving the sail its 25cm depth.

The kite has pockets at the wing tips and 100% HQ fittings, a trick line and Dacron reinforcements where needed. The sail is well made with double folded French seams.

The bridle is made from sleeved Kevlar. The shape is slender with the central connector placed high and leading edges that are almost straight with a cut away trailing edge.

FLIGHT TEST
It is clear that the increase in weight has an effect on the Vento's performance. The old model would take off in as little as 3mph, whereas the new one needs more like 5. What's more, the bridle settings give it more of a tentative feel, with crisp turns. We found it necessary to move the bridle about 1cm down. This said, the kite still flies well.

Thanks to the depth in the sail, tracking is rock steady, the window is large, speed is constant and does not increase much as the wind gets stronger (thanks to the pockets).

The Vento is absolutely silent. Even given the over-generous controls of the beginner, the kite would not stall out and is soon back under control with a pull on the lines.

CRASH TEST
A few movements of the connectors were noticeable. The velcro did its job and ripped open, saving the spine. The kite is certainly strong enough.

CONCLUSION
Except for the minor inconveniences mentioned above, the Vento remained for us the benchmark for a beginners' kite. The kite flies well with no hidden problems. It has the ability to do basic tricks. A good balance of quality/price/pleasure.

Good Points Bad Points
Construction quality
easy to use
Less of a performer than the 97 version

 

Kite Passion Magazine

This review was taken from
Kite Passion Magazine - Aug/Sep 98

 

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