As someone asked
here's a little comparison of two kites that R-Sky seem to have forgotten.
Of all the "Next" kites, only the non-Team STD gets VSP (Variable Sail Profile).
No mylar at the base of the spine for the Next Team
Reduced reinforcement across the TE for the Next Team
However the major difference is that the Next Team
has a 6cm longer spine but the odd thing (to me) is that all of this is at the nose. The following picture is with the centre-Ts held together. The bases of the spines end at the same point too.
With similar wingspans (the Next
is slightly wider) that means that the Next Team
has a considerably lower aspect ratio. If you like Hollywood-style sales pitches; the Next is like a Matrix
with a Lithium
's winglets, the Next Team
.... well, it's a Nirvana
with winglets. (it isn't but... work with me here).
Now bear in mind that the Next Team
is the LW version (that's UL to ee and thee) and the Next
is the standard but... while the Next
is a pitchy little sod at times, the Next Team
is reluctant to roll up, even for a light kite. Both rotate just fine.
With the Next
I took a while fiddling with the bridle to balance it out to "reasonable" and I like it now but initially I found it odd. The Next Team
I've still got some work to put in. Some things are great - for reasons unknown it simply hands out Backspin Cascades; other far less so - it can go completely inert in a Turtle at times, just sit there looking at you and not doing bugger all.
The thing is this: if you've got a Next
STD, like it and want a UL version of the same kite
then the Next Team
LW isn't it. It really does fly quite a bit differently.