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    socommk233 Pansh Aurora 8M Review


    I love this kite, its a challenge to get it trimmed but shows promise 

    Positives
    Price, quality, performance
    Negatives / Considerations
    needs setting up, aerodynamic knowledge helps

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    ive been a fan of the Pansh brand since my first 4m Sprint from them that I bought against all advice for very little money that proved to be a fantastic flyer.

    so naturally I couldn't resist trying out a depower kite of theirs.

    within 3 weeks of ordering a brand new custom coloured 8m Aurora turned up complete with bar and lines. all cost less than £250. that wouldn't even buy you the smallest vapour fixed bridle kite.

    now ive had it for a few months now and have flown it with varied weather conditions and it has been a struggle to get the right conditions.

    it turned up in the usual oversized stuff bag that Pansh provide for these depowers.

     

     

     

     

     

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    I removed the 5th line as it came with 2 lines. the other attached to the lead lines allowing a depower position on emergency release rather than a fully folded jellyfish.

     

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    the Aurora has 4 deflation zips per wing tip which aids in repacking the kite quite well though a larger one on the upper skin centrally might work better in my opinion.

    the build quality and materials are second to none and I love that they have printed the size on them too.

     

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    on the centre of the kite it has a small opening closed with Velcro, I can only assume this is a blowout valve in the event it undergoes a large impact, yet im not convinced if it would do anything. you can see where the 5th line attaches but has been removed leaving some spare pigtails.

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    First flight, straight from the bag, didn't go as excitingly as I hoped. id attached the lines walked back to launch and the nose tucked in without leaving the ground, pulling the bar in resulted in a better launch attempt. so I shortened the rear lines, several times until 150mm had been taken out. then it flew but would tuck at zenith. further adjustment and the rear lines were 200mm shorter and it would sit nicely but always on power.

    as soon as I touched the center line trim it would again tuck the nose and collapse. id even had a fellow buggier have a go, one of the uks top buggy pilots and he came back and he wasn't smiling. it would tuck then snap back causing a unsafe flying situation.

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    so I thought it through, looked at the speed stystem and realised that as you depower the kite, it was able to reduce the aoa too far and the wind would be ontop of the canopy and push it down. I stopped this with a small mod of a rubber grommet on the speed system. it allows the kite to be powered up, but on depowering it would only let the b lines go as far as I wanted which left the a and b line identical lengths. this maintains a positive aoa at the front of the kite keeping it steady and sitting as it should. upon further depowering it would still allow the c lines to slacken and essentially break the back of the aerofoil resulting in some reflex and loss of lift. ive used grommets so its adjustable and later I may be able to change the line length its on instead.

    now I have only tried the mod in low winds but did help the kite to zenith by running backwards and there was no tuck but only stalling due to low wind. infact when the wind picked up enough the kite sat what looked like past the window directly above, this made me worry but it still didn't tuck or fall. could be a good sign? we will see, as soon as I get out in decent conditions.

    UPDATE!!!!!

    UPDATE!!!!!

    UPDATE!!!!!

    The mod on the speed system needed tweeking to make it reliable. The rubber grommets didn't work as one broke under use and allowed one edge to tuck again. I Replaced them with metal rings and tweeked it further......

    When fully depowered the a lines are 1/2 inch above the b lines at the gather knot. This little positive aoa keeps it flying while allowing for good depower. 

    Tacks were a sinch and suicide gybes became sexy all the while being able to throw the bar away, depower, hold the line and not worry about the kite. 

    It is no race kite! My H8 in the same wind was much faster, but then the aurora did feel underpowered in certain reaches so would benifit from 15mph winds upwards for full advantage. I will race with it as and when the conditions allow, depower does hold a lot of advantages. It just needs to be lit up to make it worth it. 

     

    Here's a video of last Friday at pembrey

     

     



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    andy666

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    Nice honest review. Hopefully your very simple mod fixes the nose tuck problem. I think if pansh could simply improve their quality control they would be a real contender. 

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    Chook

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    7 minutes ago, andy666 said:

    I think if pansh could simply improve their quality control they would be a real contender. 

    I can't believe they wont take that last crucial research and development step to keep buyers confident with purchasing and flying their products.

    I just doesn't make sense. 

    They have so much potential with these great products and it's going to waste for the sake of good factory trim/quality control.

    If these flew as the designer intended "right out of the bag" this would skyrocket sales. It's a no brainer!!!!!

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    socommk233

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    7 hours ago, Chook said:

    I can't believe they wont take that last crucial research and development step to keep buyers confident with purchasing and flying their products.

    I just doesn't make sense. 

    They have so much potential with these great products and it's going to waste for the sake of good factory trim/quality control.

    If these flew as the designer intended "right out of the bag" this would skyrocket sales. It's a no brainer!!!!!

    Absolutely agree. 

    The price bracket they fit into with the kite quality and performance they would be a thorn in the side of bigger companies. 

    They claim to have their own RnD department but clearly loose any control at the production line. 

    My sprint kites are fantastic and fly straight from the bag, as do my Adams.  But they are tripping up on a simple speed system on depower.  

     

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    .Joel

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    12 minutes ago, socommk233 said:

    My sprint kites are fantastic and fly straight from the bag, as do my Adams.  

    My last Sprint the bridle was completely wrong, and then at our last Kingston event we had to tune the bridle of @jaysmith's Sprint as it flew like a piece of garbage.  Once adjusted it was a nice 3.5m race kite to fly, but out of the bag it was atrocious. Not all their sprints are like this, many people like yourself get them and they fly perfectly fine.  

    Seems whilst their material and technical build is overall improving it's their quality control that remains the same a decade later.

    PS: Nice review, and I really like the colours of your Aurora.  I've been very tempted to try an Aurora in a smaller size, this may just push me over to getting one to try.

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    socommk233

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    44 minutes ago, .Joel said:

     

    PS: Nice review, and I really like the colours of your Aurora.  I've been very tempted to try an Aurora in a smaller size, this may just push me over to getting one to try.

    Go for it. A few tweeks and it'll make a great kite. I can't wait to get it out and use during a race. 

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    jaysmith

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    2 hours ago, .Joel said:

    My last Sprint the bridle was completely wrong, and then at our last Kingston event we had to tune the bridle of @jaysmith's Sprint as it flew like a piece of garbage.  Once adjusted it was a nice 3.5m race kite to fly, but out of the bag it was atrocious. Not all their sprints are like this, many people like yourself get them and they fly perfectly fine.  

    Seems whilst their material and technical build is overall improving it's their quality control that remains the same a decade later.

    PS: Nice review, and I really like the colours of your Aurora.  I've been very tempted to try an Aurora in a smaller size, this may just push me over to getting one to try.

    The funny part is when I got home I ordered a 2m Ace, it shortly arrived so i took it out for a test and guess what?.......

    Out of the bag it would not get to the zenith, so i shortened the A's & B's like Joel showed me how to :good: and it then flew great.

    I also have a 4.5M Adam that i suspect needs some tuning as well, I just haven't gotten around to it.

    I'm fast learning that tweaking the bridles a bit is the cost of only paying 1/3 the price of the bigger brands.

    Also thanks @socommk233 for the great review.

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    socommk233

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    Added an update to the original post...plus a video with a little of me and the aurora in action.

     

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