My monochromatic Seven arrived recently. Number 2 apparently but I'll be passing off as the long lost R-Sky 10th anniversary model to those who don't recognise it
As I mentioned earlier, this was one of the most pleasant buying experiences I've had in getting a kite. Watching the kite's build progress through a gallery is a very
I like the way the dacron wear patches/reinforcements along the spine are used as graphical elements too.
Details even on the back
of the kite. Nose has a slightly notched look but snag-free thus far.
SkyShark 7PT "Black Diamond" LSs mean v. stiff and no bridle wear. Wingtip is very tidy.
Covered LEs, naturally. TAPAs for the US. The cord along the LLE adjusts the leech line.
Standoffs held in with metal screw into metal countersink fitting. Solid and snag free.
There is one area of the construction that I have had a problem with - the yoyo stopper cutouts. These follow the R-Sky semi-covered style but something seemed amiss when the kite would judder when unrolling. Here's why:-
After very few airmiles the leaders (built into the bridle) had cut into the LE dacron, leaving a small flap that sometimes fouled the lines. It seems to have got as bad as it is ever going to so I'll tidy it up and probably think no more about it. Note the stoppers for
the yoyo stoppers.
Actually there is one
more thing; there are no manufacturer labels on my kite although I see I can buy one as an optional extra now
. Now I know what it is but the curious onlooker gets no clue. It seems like an oversight, especially when Sportdesign has a nice logo.
is the supplied alternative tail weights. Lengths of brass rod with the same countersunk fittings as on the back of the sail. Just pop in whatever weight takes your fancy; very neat and well thought through. The weights not in use sit in a neat holder and then in a separate bag.
I hope you can see the build quality on offer here - it's first rate in all respects. It really is a lovely object in its own right.
How about a flight ?
With a 5mm US and 7PT LSs and tail weight this is a bottom heavy sort of kite. It does fall onto it's back quite readily but apart from that it's quite neutral
with no overwhelmingly dominant flying traits. As with The Sin
you could read this as either a good or a bad thing. It does the stuff that the flyer asks of it. Watch the video again if you like. Polyvalent
is probably the word for it. I think I had some problems pulling it nose forward but I've got used to the Element
now so I've been spoilt. That's about the worst I can say about it. Otherwise it does what it's told and just that. I've stuck to the installed weight (6g. ish) for now BTW.
As such it's in a very crowded marketplace. There are plenty of alternatives to the Seven out there but in the air it's as good a choice as any, offers an truly excellent build and buying experience and must be attractive simply by being different. A-bag material in all respects.