Hey guys n gals.
Here's a quick heads up on my latest purchase.
I'd been saving for some time with the intent of buying a competitive kite for the kite buggy racing. I bought it in time for the last race weekend of the series to see how it and I would hold up to the rest if the racers. I was impressed to say the least.
I'd already flown a 10m demo courtesy of ufo kite shop and I spent a whole day with it (got told off for kite hogging) then it spanked me good n proper, this was the "I have to have one" moment. On that weekend of the nobarriers event, I tried a few deposed kites. Aeros compi, pkd inferno, ozone chrono to name a few. The diablo just seemed to have the punch and acceleration out of turns that the others lacked.
The kite helped me secure a 0 point win overall in the open class. A 5th 6th 6th and 7th I believe (may be wrong) overall in the last 4 races, so you know the performance is there.
The quality is as you would expect...TOP OF THE LINE....and for the retail price you'd certainly hope so.
Bridles are super thin low drag. Speed system is a little more complicated with its turbo ring, making down wind a little easier than other kites. And the kite itself is super precisely manufactured. Deflation is via one velcro sock type arrangement which can be difficult.
In windy conditions the kite is folded in half and loosely rolled up. And when time and conditions allow (mostly at home indoors) I use a custom made concertina bag to store the kite in a way to protect the leading edge batons.
If your even tempted to buy one....just do it. You will not be disappointed.
However......... (isn't there always one)
There appears to be a v2 on its way. No details but pics would suggest it's getting more cells, maybe lighter material and we know what that done to the r1v2 prices.
Fingers crossed for some good price second hand v1 diablos I say