Having been more than a little abrasive about this kite when it appeared a couple of years ago I'm as surprised as anyone to have accepted one in a trade. But I did so here we go
It's not an unattractive kite. It's a very conventional shape and design. It's made from the same sort of materials you'd expect from any other kitemaker. There's a few oh ?
moments in some details but nothing weird or puzzling and quite a few nice touches.
Bridle attaches to the spine below
the centre T.
Clamped in yoyo stoppers.
Base of spine tensioning attaches to sewn in area on sail and 17g. plug in weight.
Covered LEs, tied in US, stitched bridle.
The wingtips are conventional nocks, with an end cap tidying it all up. The bridle adjustment has limiting knots to keep you within the working range. Framing is 3PT LSs, P100 LEs and, possibly oddly, a P300 spine (which if we are to believe Prism's latest design explanation is to give it poorer turn response and more difficult yoyos
All in all, you get a nicely screwed together kite with all the right bits. It's a conventional design that sticks to well proven practices. So.... to the flying field
I've only given it a short work out and on pretty ropey lines but it didn't surprise me with any bad behaviour. Axels were Fractured, the Back was Spun, the Yoyo Cométe was.... nah, let's not go crazy
But it does the stuff. Maybe it's a little
too eager to turn (ie; oversteers a smidge), I overcooked Snap Turtles more often than not and it took care to pop smoothly into a takeoff Fade. Nothing major and nothing I couldn't adjust to.
I reckon it's probably all the kite almost everyone could ever use. It's absolutely fine.
I can't stop seeing a CdC kite up there and it's a well manufactured
item rather than well crafted
. For the forum-bothering kite enthusiast there are better badges
to be seen flying these days with better quality (for a higher price). I'm not sure if this will be a long term kite for me - I've already got kites of a similar nature I enjoy more - but I'll give it a fair shake. I'll probably find some 5PT LSs too.
Oh yes... the case. This probably explains who this kite is aimed at. Room for two kites, both broken down (so not flown regularly). It might come in handy for something but I'm not sure what.