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    wolfie Hq Montana5 7M Review

    By wolfie

    As an overall package it is a great kite and I am inclined to seriously look at a 9.5M. 

    Positives
    Excellent Build Quality
    Light Bar Pressure
    Stable Handling
    Negatives / Considerations
    None.

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    I had the Montana 5 7m2 depower kite from Jason at Briskites for a bit to try as i am looking at getting a depower to fit in between my 4m2 and 7m2 kites ,so Jas offered me the Montana and i said well I'd do a review so here goes.

    First thing is the bag it comes in a backpack nice and strong with no real gimik like zips or unwanted bits very usable so I thought.

    Next was the kite it self and when I opened the bag the quality looks good as like all new kites .When you get to open them for the first time it is quit fun . Getting to feel the crispness of the material and the stiffness of the lines once opened was great very easy even for a relative newby to depower to put together. The lines and bar are easy enough to sort out especially with WRONG SIDE on it (lol for us dummies) so it went well, and I like the new chicken loop on this kite ,as I have had a fly of the m IV and they have improved it from the IV Montana.

    The ground stake is good too hooked it all up then did another walkover to make sure I had got it all right using the instructions as best as I could , (then asked someone who knew ) and got the thumbs up . So the next thing was to launch her for a static fly first to get a feel, first time wind was a bit on the light side but felt good turned well for a big kite, so I thought and felt like it was building power through the window so did a few turns up and down to see if it and I worked well, The power did not feel to bad and I was quite surprised at how well it flew. In saying that it was about 10 to 12 knts which is at the bottom end of its range, so to even get going for a first timer was good one thing I did notice was if I pulled a bit of Depower it flew better . The wind only picked up slightly so was unable to get it going much better and ended up pulling the pin and going home.

    It was another week before I was able to get out again and the wind was a bit better, we had about 12 to 17 knts so the kite was a bit more agile and this helped launch and landing was easy as pulling on the strap on the break lines, and the kite just settled down, Relaunch was just as easy too and I had a lot of fun in the buggy it was a lot better and with some luck the wind did come up and help in this. 

    In the buggy the kite felt very nice and the control was good bar pressure was light’ish (so I thought ) and I did not have any problems the bar is 50cm on the 7 so I did not find it a problem either all in all I found the kite to be very good and had a lot of fun with it.

    It does feel a little lifty which for those who like to jump will like this a lot for me i just liked the way it handled and kept in the right place was not a problem but take your eyes of her and put it in the wrong place and you could go sky ward.

    It was very stable in stronger winds that I had the next day and I was able to us the depower more as the wind had picked up to around 20 knts gusting to 23 so I had a better run and liked the kite a lot.

    The overall sideways pull was controlable and the feeling of sliding my bug with the kite was awesome the 7 did not tend to pull sideways as more over it translated into forward movement As an overall package it is a great kite and I am inclined to seriously look at a 9.5 V as this would fit where I would like the size to be and with where I fly ,I would still like to get my hands on a M5 9.5 for a try as I’ve flown the MIV to compare. 

    Regards mike



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    Goz

    Posted

    I've found with depowers and flying them at the bottom end of their wind range it can be beneficial to pull on a inch of de-power on the trim strap just to stop it from stalling when you pull the bar in and to speed up the kite a little.

    Wouldn't mind having a fly of a Montana myself just to see how they have changed it from last years design, the 9.5 m I flew last year was was one of the quickest turning de-power foils I have flown in that size. I hear they are even better this year.

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    wolfie

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    yep goz i'v only flown the m5 7 and the IV 9.5 so i dont know about the 9 but the 7 i loved and was very tempted to get one of them but then i still would not have a kite for the inbetween 4--7 m2 range that i want so will see i know one thing i had to rethink my turns and a few other things when flying thr depower a little different than a fixed eh :D

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    Goz

    Posted

    It's always good to try new things Wolfie, especially kites you haven't flown before :D

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    andy666

    Posted

    hey wolfie

    The next time I'm heading to brissy I'll let you know and you can take my M5 9.5 for a test drive. If however I don't get up there in the next couple of weeks, I will have it at yeppoon over easter where it will definatly get a run.

    I think that it would be an ideal sized kite to fit in between a 4m and 7m. when there isn't enough wind to get moving quickly with my 4m beamer, out comes the 9.5 and off I go. 12-15knot winds is right in the kites sweet spot when riding the buggy. :good:

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    wolfie

    Posted

    cheers andy will take you up on that one mate but i do warn you you may not get it back for a while lol :P:P:P

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    andy666

    Posted

    no probs mate. but I want a drive of your 7m fixed bridle. If there is a light wind that is, might be a bit of a hand full otherwise :good:

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    jolli

    Posted

    hi guys,

    You are right the M4 was a great kite but the improvements from 4 to 5 are something else... Turing wise the M5 9.5 is great!

    JOLLI

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    Jason

    Posted

    Another 9.5 Montana available for demo here in Brisbane. It will do some rounds around parts of the country too..

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    BGKD

    Posted

    hm......

    may have to grab that before it leaves town

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    wolfie

    Posted

    me too on the 95 BGKD

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    imjimbo

    Posted

    i had a run on this kite today first d power in a bug .... i liked it had to play with it very different to what im used to with the handles

    but i liked it ...

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    Jason

    Posted

    I believe this 7m also set the speed record at the EK Yepoon Event. Speed records will now only count if it is dark :fear:

    So where am I sending it too?

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    Goz

    Posted

    You can send it back to Yeppoon if you like :derisive:

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    wolfie

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    You can send it back to Yeppoon if you like :derisive:

    NO goz you dont want it !!!! trust me (cause i want it lol) the 9.5 is better :good::P:eek: heh heh !!

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