Flysurfer Viron, The Perfect Start
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 |
Flysurfer made leadway with foil technology bringing a self-relaunching foil to their range, we had a fly and were immensly impressed. The new Flysurfer Viron really is the perfect start for beginners looking towards starting kiting be it on land or water. The thought process and applied design in this kite is both technical and unique bringing a new category of foil kite to the market, the self-relaunching foil.
Flysurfer has made use of two considerable factors, first a very curved leading edge. Similar to inflatable tube kites, the more curve the easier it is to relaunch, Flysurfer has applied this same concept to the shape of the foil canopy. Once the kite is inflated for the first time crashing its relaunch behaves similar to that of a tube kite, rolling across the leading edge and launching from the edge of the window. Secondly, to achieve this is a new bridle configuration, which prevents the kite from inverting and also retains enough of the kites shape when crashed to assist in the relaunch of the kite.
The kite after being crashed would self-launch, and in the case it did not self-launch all that was required was to pull one side of the bar as if you were relaunching a bow kite off the water. The Viron then turned the correct way around and took off again. We released the kite to the safety line, then reset the chicken loop, hooked in and just turned the bar and the kite took off again. To see this achieved again and again in a foil, not requring you to pull both back lines to bring the kite in the air before turning was astonishing.
Depower in the kite was very instant, moving the kite through the window and pushing the bar away resulted in reducing nearly all the power in the kite to zero, even when sending the kite through the window there was not an agressive pull it was very well tempered and consistent.
Trainer and beginner kites are typically built to a price to attract entry level sales. However the Viron is built as well as the top of the line Flysurfer Speed 3, Psycho IV and Unity kites, there is no reduction of quality in the build of the kite meaning it should happily handle continued beatings when placed in the hands of a beginner or used as a school kite.
The Flysurfer Viron is available in Australia through BrisKites and starts at $645 AUD.