I had enough funds from my recent sell off to get one of these babies too:-
It is essentially a scaled down (I wonder if it's x0.909 a la SkyMax
), heavily framed Cosmic TC Ghost with a few bits of colour. It shares the same funky sail material and even has the same lightweight LE tunnel material which, given that it sports Aerostuff Gold S lower spreaders, seems an odd match up. A super light sail and build combined with a hard-as-nails frame - curious.
Now these LE cutouts look a bit suspect to me on an SUL like the Ghost. On a standard weight kite intended to be hammered about madly... they look misguided.
And while it's an exceptionally trivial point, for a kite commanding a £260 price tag I don't expect to see any building faults like a misapplied stick on reinforcement beneath a yoyo stopper.
Considerably less trivial is the sail tension. The sail is drum tight everywhere but at the inner standoffs the sail practically screams. I really don't like the look of these in terms of longevity. I've taken a close look and, frankly, the sail looks stretched already with the inboard straight seams looking distorted even when the kite is disassembled. It's been a long time since I've worried about putting a kite together and taking it apart (probably the Prism Illusion was the last) but this concerns me.
Now as far as I'm concerned the money this kite cost was spent several years ago and on other kites so I take a moderately relaxed view on this at the moment. If I had had to reach into my own pocket and pull out new funds then I'd be far less sanguine.
But let's give it a a whirl anyway....
Bryan has described it as "quite simply brilliant" and if you're in the mood, he's spot on. That mood might be more easily entered if you've recently necked a Red Bull or three. This is one fast
kite. You can provoke (or demand) multiple rotations in any plane with a single input. The only kite that exceeds it in pull forward yoyos is the parallel universe Element
That said if you do wish to move it to another place in the sky from where it is you're better off Backspinning it over there anyway. As delivered it had heroic
oversteer, bordering on the design fault
. I've ended up with the bridle set as wide as it can go and it'll still spin within its own wingspan. This is a trick kite
; so trick it and stop faffing about with "figures".
As some other people have noted it might well have been better fitted with Rollbars as it yoyos insanely well. The stoppers do work fine but the extra security that 'bars would have offered might have been welcome.
So who is this kite for ? What is it meant to be ?
Frankly... I dunno. The choice of materials is truly surreal. I simply cannot see these beasts reaching a ripe old age. They beg to be flown in a way that is almost certainly going to damage them. It's a bloody entertaining ride, I just don't expect it to be an especially long one. The same kite with an Icarex sail and some beefed up (not slimmed down
) reinforcement makes a lot more sense to me.
That said I enjoy the kite so much that I am going to try to keep it airworthy as long as I can. A difficult kite not to enjoy the experience of but ownership might come with a heartache or two.