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  1. Ozone Explore

    New single skin kite from Ozone for 2019 called the "Explore". It will be available in 4, 6, 9 & 12m and looks to be aimed as direct competition to the FS Peak. Manufacturer's blurb: "The new Explore by Ozone has something to offer for everyone. Consistent pull through the wind window, instant de-power, minimal upward lift, relatively slow flying speed, and damage-resistant single surface design make the Explore an amazing kite for entry level and intermediate riders. Advanced riders can push the boundaries - tight and dynamic or slow lazy loops can navigate difficult terrain while excellent drift allows riding down slopes without worring about the kite. For experts the lightweight design means it can fly in very light wind, allowing you to work the low end efficiently without having to worry about keeping the kite in the sky. The proven Re-Ride System means you can land the kite quickly and safely." I was thinking of getting the 12m Shaman 2 as a low wind engine but it looks like I'm going to have to wait a bit now. https://ozonekites.com/products/land-snow-kites/explore-v1/ https://vimeo.com/293139314
  2. Snow Time Sale - Kites - Ozone & PL

    Making some room for the kites that I don't use. Ozone Frenzy FYX 11m - immaculate condition, still soft and crispy $500 Complete RTF with bar, lines (still super waxy), bag (hasn't been used), spares kit and leash. Hasn't seen a lot of use. PL Arcs. F-ARC 1200 and S-ARC 840 with bags, spars, Cabrinha bar and lines. $250 (for both kites and bar/lines) F-ARC is new and S-ARC has been around the traps for a while. Happy to post a buyers expense. Price and shipping negotiable. Please let me know if you have any questions.
  3. First time foil flight

    So I flew my 9m Chrono v2 ystrdy. Winds were upper teens/gusty and I treated her gingerly. Had some tip collapses which were no big deal. However the trim rope kept getting wrapped around my lines when I would spin the bar after looping the kite. I even ran it over at one point when sheeted in. I also had it jump out of cleat and fully power when unexpected. Any tips...?I will say this is very different from Arc flying. Much different animal, very fast, lotsa depower. A lot to get used to, but I can tell this thing is gonna be a hoot !!
  4. Chrono V3

    It seems the old saying "Speed costs money. How fast do you want to spend?" is as relevant to kites as it was to cars and bikes. For those with the need for speed and the means to achieve it Ozone are happy to help with the release of the new Chrono V3. Too much for me on both fronts but I'm sure there are others on this forum that will be itching to get their hands on one. Details on https://ozonekites.com/products/water-kites/chrono-v3/ On a side-note, the Blizzard has vanished from the Ozone website even though a number of retailer's sites show it as "coming soon" with prices listed. The kite was announced by Ozone in October and it's still not available. Have they run into problems with production, was the media release premature and they're still struggling with design issues, or is it just a stuffup with the web page? Maybe @Kitepower Australia can shed some light?
  5. Ozone Method 6.5M

    The Method is a really well mannered, stable and likable mid aspect foil from Ozone. It has it's good points and it has it's bad points. It is not the wonder kite that Ozone marketing made it out to be....what a surprise! (said with heavy sarcasm). The first thing you'll notice after pulling the Method out of it's over-the-shoulder bag is it's lack of bridles. With only two sparse rows of bridles and a row on the trailing edge, this has to be the least bridled foil I've ever seen. The bridles are very thin too. Ozone claim this reduces drag and increases speed. Probably makes it much cheaper to produce too, but they don't mention that bit. There is also some internal re-reinforcing to compensate for the fewer bridles. I never found any drawback to this - the kite holds it shape quite well when you get it wrong and after flying a few different Methods for many hundreds of km's, nothing broke or stood out as being not up to snuff. The other thing you'll immediately notice is that not all the cells are open and those that are, are mesh covered to prevent debris from entering the kite. Despite it being a pretty light weight kite, it seems extremely well made and high quality. Next to something like a PKD Century, it looks a bit under done in the building dept, but like I said, I have never had a problem with any of the Methods. One advantage of not having all the cells open is it takes a little while longer to completely inflate the kite - which makes for a slightly gentler first launch - it doesn't have the tendency to race off the ground and want to rip your arms off in the process. This kite also sits on it's brakes better than any other kite I've had. It's very well mannered both launching and landing. It's quite well mannered in flight too, it has a nice, wide window and only overflies occasionally - easily controlled with a little brake. It is very stable in flight and doesn't require constant attention and has no bad habits that I can think of - don't think I've ever accidentally bow tied one. It's also pretty quick to turn. Ozone say that it 'handles like a sports car'. Um....maybe. It does fly and handle very nice. Power delivery is a bit of a different story though. Supposedly, this is said to be almost as fast as a Yakuza. So one of my first flies of this kite was at Kingston, side by side (sometimes!) with Dukey on his 6.8m Yak GT. On paper, the lower aspect of the Method in the lighter wind should have had it matching the Yak. Nope. Forget it. In 7 knots, the Yak generated wonderful power and was gone. Meanwhile, I'm sining the 6.5 Method up and down watching Dukey disappear into the distance thinking...but, but...... It did fly ok in 7 knots but not with any commanding authority. However, the Method was soon to have it's revenge. As the wind picked up to 8 - 9 knots, the Method did park 'n ride with some speed and authority. As the wind started to get to 10 - 11 knots it was coming into it's own and the Yak GT was now making way too much power to hold a straight line and the Method handily pulled away. I've repeated this same scenario with several different sized Methods against several other kites. In every instance, the Method needs a few more knots to level the score. The top end on these kites is really nice, even for a hack like me. They sit well forward in the window and generate good speed. They are not as fast as a race kite, but they are much better behaved and easier to fly. For me, the 6.5m can pull me along in 7 knots. 9 - 10 is right in the sweet spot. 14 knots and I'm starting to lose traction. Their upwind ability is quite good. I've managed to hold a line heading into a 45 degree cross-on headwind without too much problem. Although I did need to pick up a bit of speed by tacking up the beach before the kite really got going. Downwind, you will need a few more knots again. You really need to get these moving fast before they'll go downwind with any power - probably their least favorite direction. I don't think the Methods are any harder to fly than a low aspect foil like the Flows/Octanes etc, you just have watch you don't occasionally let them overfly if they're sitting above your head and you will need a few more knots for them to perform at their best. They do have enough lift to pull you out of the buggy, so don't go throwing it over your head to slow down - do it slowly! Neither are they overly lifty. A well behaved, easy to fly, quality kite. Add a few extra knots of wind speed for them to perform at their best. They fly well on the Ozone Turbo bar too.
  6. On 28th January we went to the Rangsdorfer lake just south of Berlin. We ha a couple of weeks temperatures below 0 degree Celsius. The ice was not perfect flat and black but still good enough for us 😂. Around 13cm thick ice. The wind was very low at 3-5 knots. Alfred used a 11m Vapor and 14m Yakuza, I used my 12m Diablo and 8m Diablo. Icebuggy is so nice ... love it ! Are there any frozen lakes in AU or NZ? Warm regards from Germany Daniel
  7. Ozone Edge V8 9m2

    Our current model Shop Demo. Flown about 5-8 times and in pristine condition.$1239 Includes shipping.THE EDGE HAS A PEDIGREE UNSURPASSED BY ANY OTHER PERFORMANCE KITE TO DATE, NOW IN ITS 8TH VERSION SINCE FIRST INTRODUCING THIS MODEL. THE EDGE HAS CONSISTENTLY PROVEN ITS FREE RIDE PERFORMANCE, BIG AIR CAPABILITIES AND TAKEN RIDERS TO THE TOP OF RACE PODIUMS AROUND THE WORLD. http://www.briskites.com.au/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2181
  8. 2017 Ozone Snow Kites

    The 2017 snow kites are now on Ozone's website. The Summit and Access have had a makeover but it looks like the Frenzy is unchanged for 2017. Sadly way over my kiting budget so I'll just have to drool over the pictures
  9. Ozone instinct 13m kite, complete with bar and lines. Only used about 20 times, so still crispy as they say. I have owned it since new. Kite has a leading edge bladder leak that will need to be fixed. There's review of the kite here http://www.seabreeze-blocks-extreme-kites-urls-with-fake-error-pages.com.au/forums/Kitesurfing/Review/Ozone-Instinct-Anyone-had-a-test-run/ This kite had a couple of mods to the standard setup put on it by kite guru Bob Dawson. Price $175 + postage. With photo's, the second one is borrowed from the Internet, since it's raining here and I can't get a good shot of it.
  10. Ozone Manta II - 8m

    I haven't used my 8m Ozone Manta 2 for a long long time so it has to go. (plus I need some $ get a new water kite) This kite is basically brand new, barely even bedded in. It was purchased brand new and has been used only twice: - In 2012 for a couple of days in the Cock's harbour area. (trip info with photos here) - In 2013 for half a day on Carruthers East ridge in Spring. Why so little use? Well, I am not a freestyle/lawn-mowing sort of snowkiter, I tend to go out exploring and for this I prefer a two-kite system of a 5m Frenzy and either 11m Frenzy or 15m Summit. Includes, backpack, leash, bar/lines, spares etc Gum-nuts sold a 10m Manta 2 recently for $450 and by the looks of it, that kite had had a little more use than mine. I am pricing this one to sell: Price: $400 Located in Ryde, Sydney
  11. Kitepower - R1's For Sale

    These are Jordans race kites that he has had for a full season. In excellent condition, no repairs at all. These kites also currently hold the NZ national race title for the 2nd year in a row All kite only 7m - $1350 11m - $1750 17m - $2000 Shipping in Australia - FREE! Overseas just ask me for a quote.
  12. Ozone Octane 4m kite

    In good used condition. The kite has had very little use but it does have a few small marks and the previous owner hand stitched the one brake line attachment to reinforce it. I've never bothered with re-doing the repair as the kite flies perfectly and still looks pretty. Comes with 20m lines, handles with strop, kite killers, ground stake and carry bag. $200 + postage
  13. Ozone R1 11m

    Kite & bag only $1300 Good condition Same 11m as tried by Mark the WA buggy rider. Kevlar Bridle. Could supply standard bridle if required. V2 Bar & lines available
  14. Ozone Access2 6M

    Now i’ve spent the past month flying my Ozone Access2, waiting for a day with enough wind too really get a feel for the kite. One thing about reviewing kites is that too really feel the kite come into their own, you need too fly them towards the upper half of their wind range. So patience on my part has finally paid off Introduction Once again Ozone have cracked a walnut with this kite, it is an awesome kite that once flown pretty much sells itself. It is really really difficult too find anything bad too say about this kite, or too even find something “quirky.” Each and every kites has its flaws, and each and every kite seems to have its “quirks.” I am definitely surprised by the Ozone Access2 as it has no “quirks.” The kite has been out overseas for quite a while now, and all info flowing back has been great, so I decided it was time I purchased one too really find out for myself. If you fly on land, and you like depower, you will most likely love this kite. The original idea of the Ozone Access was too create a gust munching, low lift kite that was an affordable introduction into the Depower market. The Ozone Access 2 kites keep in line with that philosophy, starting at $837 for a 4m and go up too $1038 for a 10m. Add your 10% Extreme Kites Member discount onto that and you have yourself one quality depower kite without the premium price tag. Unpacking The first thing you notice about unpacking the kite is the bag it comes with. As this is an “affordable introduction too depower,” the bag too is light weight. It is very very similar to the Ozone Frenzy bag in terms of material, but opens from the front. Unfortunately the bag does not offer many areas too put anything else in apart from your kite. As it is designed first as a snowkiting kite, it would have been nice too have a few more compartments to throw keys, phones etc in. You will only fit one kite into this pack. Once you remove the kite from the back pack you can tell it is an Ozone kite without even unrolling it. The fabric Ozone uses is always top notch, and feels smooth and crispy all at the same time. Folding out the kite the four bridle points are attached to a piece of cardboard. They are all numbered, and the lines are numbered too. The bar comes with the lines already attached too it, so all you have too do is unwind them from the bar, and hook them onto the bridle. Both the lines, and the bridle attachment points are numbered so a child that can count to four should be able to attach these. Lines The lines as per usual are of excellent quality, and I say it in past reviews and i’ll say it again. Regardless of kite, or manufactuer of that kite, I will put Ozone lines on the kite. Why ? Simply because they are the best lines in the industry. It takes more then 25 sessions on a set of Ozone lines too make them look like a set of lines from 2 sessions from a number of other manufacturers. After already 8 sessions on the Ozone Access 2 i could package the bar up, and sell the lines as new. The lines that come on the Access2 are 25m RED dyneema lines, this is so they can be seen on snow. The lines too my knowledge and looking at them compared to other Ozone lines seem to be the 360kg lines all around, but Steve @ KP seems too think they are 300kg. So I will clarify this once we know, Ozone have not put the rating of the lines on their website or their packaging. One thing Ozone has started doing more and more is their “idiot proof” line setup. This should mean that your lines are never put on incorrectly by changing the attachment system at the bridle end of the lines. This prevents newbies from making simple little mistakes that can have a serious impact if the kite was setup in a strong wind incorrectly. Bar System The ozone bar system is nothing short of amazing. Both for its simplicity, and effectiveness. Now i’d like too add a third reason, ease of resetup. The bar has two safety releases, which is more then ideal. The first is the “mushroom release” as I like too call it. It’s the red knob that you pull towards you that instantly removes all power from the kite. In short it sends the middle lines 2m towards the kite, which leaves the rear lines still connected too your bar. This acts like putting the brakes on a normal foil kite and the kite lands infront of you. The beauty of this is that there is no screwing around with a mess after activating the safety. You simply walk 2m towards the kite, grab the middle line and click it back in too reset the kite. Then you are off and flying again. You can activate the quick release, watch the kite land, then resetup the kite all in under 1 minute! The 2007 Ozone Chicken Loop is a little different to past years. This year the loop opens when you pull the release. I am not sure if this is better or worse then previous years, but it makes it a piece of cake for those using the kite without a harness that has spreader bar and hook to lock into it. One pull of this release will open the whole loop and the whole thing will fly away. Overall the bar on the 6m is really pleasant as it is small, you can see that from the photos. That means it does not get in the way all the time similar to the larger bars. In a buggy this is also ideal. Bridle Alright, I am very critical of kite bridles. Why ? Simply because of the bridle is wrong, the kite won’t fly right, it is as simple as that. A poor quality bridle leads to stretching in the bridle very quickly, which ends up in a deformation of the canopy, which results in the kite inheriting characteristics in its flight that it was never designed with. Ozone once again have paid very good attention too the bridle, and as with their high-end depower kites such as the Ozone Manta, the Ozone Access2 bridle is of excellent standard and quality. There are sewn and re-enforced tabs. The pulleys are good quality, so overall whilst this is a cheaper introduction too depower, the bridle is of excellent standard. Compare it too a number of other well known kites, and it still comes out on top. General Construction The general construction of the kite is excellent. From the feel and touch of the fabric, to the detailed stitching of the tabs, and cell re-enforcement. Looking at the kite from tip to tip, I could not find a fault with the workmanship of the kite. The overall finish is always sewn and sleeved. Flight Characteristics The kite is amazing, not only for the price but how it handles. The first few flights it was at the very bottom end of its wind range, this meant consistent working of the kite. I was surprised at how much power the kite had at the very bottom end of its range, and this had me a little worried about the Ozone Access 2 6m top end of the kite, as I bought it primarily as a high wind kite where there is too my wind for my 5m Ozone HAKA. Finally I had it out in a session with 20 knots, and the kite was nothing short of beautiful. Over the numerous sessions I have flown the kite it is yet too invert on me, something the Frenzy did quite reguarly in gusty winds. The Ozone Access2 basically sits there asking for more. I was flying the kite in some fairly strong winds, a simple pull on the bar and you went sideways and shot off, let the bar out and you regained traction around the corners. I was hitting some corners at around 50km/h in a standard buggy, pulling in the bar and just sliding down wind towards the kite. Let the bar out and I would shoot off completing the u-turn around the marker and heading to where I wanted too go. This kite really installs a level of confidence into your buggying in high winds that you just don’t have with a small 2m fixed bridle. The kite for its lower aspect points into the wind fairly well. Not as well as an ARC or high aspect race kite, but with the depower, you can play with the level of power so if you feel you are being dragged sideways you just release the bar a little and keep pointing into the wind rolling. I noticed how effective this was the first time when I was at Sandy Point flying an Ozone Access 4.0m, and dukey was on a 2.5m race kite. I was able to tack into strong 45 - 50 knot winds alot better as I didn’t get that gush of power when gybing. If you want too learn new ground based tricks, then this kite will also help you excel. It is so stable and well behaved that you can park the kite at the top of the window, push the bar out away from you and do your rotation. When you finish pull the bar in for a bit of power and zoom off in the direction you wish. The kite is so predictable that I happily completed 4 reverse upwind turns without any consideration to being ejected or pulled in the incorrect direction. Lift, well this is an interesting one. The idea of the Ozone Access was too have a reduced amount of lift, this did not mean that there was no lift. The Ozone Access2 has an extra two cells in this years model, so this has increased the amount of lift along with the design. Alan (Appo) an Ozone team rider is able to happily pull an aerial 360 buggy jump on his Ozone Access2 6m kite. So too say the kite has no lift is no longer true. The Access2 has enough lift that I would feel comfortable using it as my buggy jumping engine in high wind days. The float out of the kite is excellent too, you just come down softly. Overall the only thing I would like too see improved on the kite is its turn speed, using the same size bar. I love the size of the bar as it is small, however I feel this impedes on how quick the kite turns a little. This is not a factor in higher winds where you don’t need too work the kite. However in lower winds it does present itself as you try to work the kite up and down to develop more speed, you sometimes find yourself waiting to turn it the other way. Conclusion Overall this is an outstanding kite that is extremely hard to find a fault with. For some it will be their first introduction too depower, for others this kite will convert them. I am an avid lover of my fixed bridles in sub 25 knots. However above this and the Ozone Access2 is an excellent kite of choice. At a price that is nearly half of an Ozone Manta, it is definitely a kite worth considering for those just heading into Depower. If you are after a hassle free, reliable, well priced depower kite that you can setup as quick as a fixed bridle and fly away for the day, then the Ozone Access2 is IMHO an excellent choice. If you are going to demo one, request either a 6m or 8m, a 4m you will need a tornado to get the feeling of what this kite really has too offer. This review was originally posted in our Community Forum, August 2007.
  15. Ozone SB harness - SOLD

    In as-new condition. This came with a kite I bought and I've never used it as I already had my own. Comes with carry bag. $65 + postage
  16. Ozone R1 8m (blue/white

    8m R1 Kite & Bag only. around 20hours of use. Its an absolute rocket!!! $1500 ex shipping (price reduced for urgent sale as 9m is on its way) Blue/White Combo Kelvar bridles ( if needed you could order non kevlar replacement bridel seperate) selling as im upgrading to 9m due to gap being a touch to big from 11m down to 8m.
  17. SOLD - Ozone Manta II, 10m

    I am selling my 2010 Ozone Manta 10m, this kite is in excellent condition, still really crispy and the lines and bridle look as new. Comes with kite, lines, 65cm bar, and bag. Price drop... $450 plus postage.
  18. Snow kite touring, Australia

    As we start to head towards the warmer months a reminder of the fun you can have in the winter...
  19. Get your biggest kite and strap an engine to your back... Disclaimer - don't try this at home without proper training and equipment, if you do you are stupid and may end up dead. gum-nuts doesn't take any responsibility if you are stupid!
  20. Ozone Method 4M

    Everybody always goes on about Ozone kites and the quality of construction but that is because it's true! After four months use and probably being flown nearly every week, there is still not a loose thread, the bridle is immaculate and hasn't suffered any stretching and the handles are perfect. Apart from everything being a bit dustier it looks hardly used. And it has taken a few knocks and scrapes and also there has been a couple of times that the kite has become un-hooked from the roller (my fault!) and I have had to chase it across the lake! Not a scratch or a scrape. The kite continues to do everything it says it should in the blurb... "The Ozone Method is a kite for anyone who is looking for the speed of a high performance kite, the stability of a beginner kite and yet handles like a sports car! It's your perfect next level engine for taking your traction kiting sports such as buggying or landboarding to new heights!" As a 4m kite it behaves more like a 3m and takes a fair bit of wind really to develop the power - but even in the lower end of the wind range once you get it moving the power really comes in. Last weekend really demonstrated, to me the, performance that the Method can produce as I managed to get a new PB. The 4m felt seriously powered up and at first was pretty scary and I was wishing I had a smaller kite - but in the end I was so glad I stuck with it... Dropping the Method into the power zone and it just accelerates, a little bit of a sine wave to further increase the speed and then add a bit of break tension and wow! off it goes. For the first time I was consistently hitting 60kph and was so excited when the GPSr showed 62.7kph (and more excited when I saw 64.2kph on Endomondo!). At the end of the run, start to turn the buggy up wind to scrub some speed and edge the kite to the top of the window - no lift, stick the buggy into a power slide, drop the kite back into the power zone and of it goes again - smooth, predictable power. But it was pure exhilaration - I just didn't want to stop! The other thing is I don't have to watch the kite all the time, all i need is an occasional glance to confirm what I know - where it is in the window and what it is doing. Mind you it looks great that green against the perfect blue skies of WA! The Method has given me the confidence to fly harder than I had before and I am waiting for the next day when we get some decent winds so that I can really put it through it's paces and push harder and faster and this time get the 65kph on the GPSr! I have also flown it static on the beach and had great fun and despite it not being a lifty kite was still able to do some pretty impressive jumps! I have tried high-performance race-kites and didn't enjoy the experience, the Method is a compromise it gives me speed and performance with out the anxiety that it may chew me up and spit me out!
  21. Ozone Manta 10M (2010)

    I was after a low wind engine for my buggy, to enable me to get out more over winter, my original idea was a 6.5m Ozone Method, but then found the Manta II on Kitepower. I spent some time trawling the forums for reviews and opinions of the Manta, especially as it is an older kite (2010) and didn't come up with anything negative. A phone call to kitepower who answered all my questions and I knew that I had to have it (it was also a good price as it was older model!) - Credit card details handed over and it was on its way to WA.As always with kitepower it had arrived within five days ready for the weekend. A very impressive bag with room for at least a couple of kites, external pockets, the customary Ozone key rings and stickers. Some Velcro loops on either sides for the bar and the 5th line safety (as well as the kite, lines, bar and instruction manuals). I took the kite over to the footie oval to attach the lines, set it up and if the wind is cooperating give it a fly. Thankfully set up was straight forward with the lines numbered - but somehow I still managed to get the bridle twisted, but more about this later.I had already converted my Ozone Access SB harness back from a roller to its original spreader hook designed for the Ozone Megatron Chicken loop. The wind on the oval is notoriously lumpy - but after a bit of perseverance I got the kite up and moving. Though a couple of times would drift to the ground due to lack of wind. When the power did kick in the kite showed some of its potential, it pulled well and was pretty quick through the turns despite its size. But I was just playing and getting used to the bar.Overall, I was very impressed the kite had the usual excellent Ozone quality, crisp fabric, excellent seams with no loose threads. The air intakes are massive and have internal cross-bracing. The bridle and Ronstan pulleys are all top quality. And the things like the Velcro tabs to secure the bridle, the wing tip dirt outs just show Ozone’s attention to detail. The only downside is the bile green colour! The bar is the 54cm carbon bar, EVA foam covered and colour coded, which includes - Megatron Chickenloop with top spinning Handle to untwist your lines after rotations or bar spins, easy to land brake handle, leashless re-ride safety system, line trimmers - to fine trim while flying, high Quality stainless Ronstan pulleys. It looks and feels great with fine trimming on the lines as well as a clam-cleat trimmer. First time out in the buggy, the winds were pretty non-existent to start with but my perseverance was rewarded as it did pick up – but stayed at the lower end of the Manta’s wind range approx 12-13kph according to Willy Weather). Easy to unpack and set up down on the lake – took a bit of walking backwards to launch but that was due to the low wind. Later on as the wind increased, it was easy to launch.The kite did get me moving and developed some apparent wind as I moved it through the window. I loved flying hooked into the bar and the kite responded well to the bar and didn’t feel big or sluggish. The feel on the bar was light but you could feel it respond to gusts and depowered towards the top of the window as I didn’t want any lift, and pulled it in for more power and speed as I dropped the kite down.I could land the kite easily by pulling on the stall handle, it would reverse down quickly with very little pull. I also used the stall handle to reverse launch, by pulling on one side. Ozone Manta II 10m - first flight from Mark Crook on Vimeo. It was during the first half an hour I noticed that the right hand wingtip kept collapsing and folding in and noticed from the buggy that the bridle on the right didn’t look the same as the other side (the wind tip folding is noticeable in the video) and didn’t really affect the performance! I landed the kite staked it out and with it sat inflated on the ground and went and inspected the bridles. Somehow in my initial set up I had got the bridle twisted and looped through itself – after a couple of minutes of fiddling had it the sorted – no more wing tip curling. I have to say that it didn’t affect the performance or handling! Since that first flight I have been out with the Manta II in varying conditions and from very little wind in which the kites has taken plenty of work to get it moving and most recently in wind that was ranging from a recorded gusty 12-26kph so getting right to the top end for a 10m Manta. The kite performs really well in the buggy, it develops lots of power throughout the window, turning is quick and precise the kite feels stable and user friendly with its ease of launch, it will sit comfortably at the top of the wind window with very little input and is also simple to land and reverse launch if needed. The feedback through the bar is positive and I can really feel and counter the gusts and the depower range is impressive (remember this was my first depower!) as the kite can go from fully powered and pulling like a train to very minimal pull. I am overcoming my fear of flying a big kite, well... With my lack of experience I would often find that I’m still leaving the bar fully out (depowered) as I set off and finding that there is not much power and I’m not moving anywhere fast! Then pull it into a neutral position and things start to happen. At the other end of the spectrum when the kite has been fully powered I am hanging onto the bar with grim determination, hammering along, with the bar in the powered position – thinking I’m going to die! Then realising and releasing the pressure on the bar and feeling more in control again! This was more down to my lack of experience with depower than any fault of the kite! I am avoiding any lift, which is why a lot of people use a depower and haven’t felt at any point that I am going to leave the buggy, in this respect I think my bar work has been exemplary! Powering up as I drop the kite down into the window and for that extra burst of speed and then depowering as I push the kite up in the window to turn. I am confident that as my experience increases I will push this kite harder, so far it has proven itself as a low wind buggy engine and got me moving when my other kites wouldn’t. But with its huge wind range it is so much more than that. I love flying on the bar, the fact that you can sit back and cruise, but a simple pull and the power increases and you get one of those woohoo! Moments. Once again the Ozone build quality is first rate, the bag and bar really finish the whole package. The kite is powerful, exhilarating, but has the stability and predictivness that I like. The Manta has bitten me a couple of times usually as the wind picks up to the top of the wind range and when my attention drops - it is a powerful kite.
  22. Ozone Access 6M (2013)

    2013 Ozone Access 6m... This is my second depower kite as I have also got a Ozone Manta 10m, flying the Manta is what convinced me to sell my trusty Ozone Method and Flow to fund a smaller depower.The thing I like about the depowers in the buggy is the huge wind range and the gust handling abilities - also how much cooler does it look flying one handed with a bar...?The Ozone Access is designed as a beginner/intermediate snow kite, with great performance, stability and safety and as a high wind/storm kite for the experienced rider - I bought it as my high wind kite, with a wind range from 15-25 knots it sits nicely below the 10m Manta. The build quality of Ozone kites is legendary and once again I was not disappointed. The sail is immaculate with neat seams and not a thread out of place. It has top quality Ronstan Orbit Block Series 20 pulleys, four unique blow-out-valves on the under surface, these seal as the kite inflates and velcro dirt-outs at the wing tips. The sail has the typical Ozone mesh covering the vents and diagonal internal cross bracing. The Access has a clam-cleat trimmer that sits above the bar so that you can further adjust the power even while flying and this is easy to operate one handed. This features a really nice bit of design; the clam-cleat and end of the line have magnets in them so even if you have it pulled in fully (complete depower) the length of cord attaches to the clam-cleat and doesn’t flap around (I found this out purely by accident on my third or fourth flight!).The 2013 6m Access comes with a 45cm Ozone Contact-Snow control bar and the 5th line safety system, Ozone Megatron chicken loop and 25m lines. It all fits into the usual high quality back-pack and comes with the instruction manual, key ring, stickers and repair tape. The set up of the Ozone Access is simple with the lines wrapped on the bar and all numbered, I set it up on the grass opposite the house and the only issue I found was when I came to my first flight I had the 5th line safety over the top of the front lines where it is supposed to sit under them (easily rectified), I should look at the manual rather than thinking I know what I am doing! Performance – first flight the wind was gusting 11-18 knots, once the kite was unpacked and the 5th line adjusted! I started attaching the safety leash to my harness and then to the loop on the 5th line that comes through the chicken loop then attached the chicken loop to the harness, release the handbrake, step back, the kite fully inflates and launches a few light touches on the bar and it sits nicely at the zenith.Usually I would have a go static flying just to see how the kite performs, get a feel for the power- zone and range of power and try out the safety – this time I just hopped straight into the buggy, dropped the kite into the power zone as I pulled on the bar and off I went…Like some of the other Ozone kites I have owned, if you work the kite at the lower end of the wind range you can start to get some decent pull as the kite develops some speed. And as the wind increases the kite comes into its own with some decent pull. In the buggy the Access performs well, some great pull, awesome stability and is developing some decent speeds (probably not as quick as my fixed bridals - yet), I have flown it in about 10-11 knots and it has got me moving and was in its element 18-20 knots and gusty. My problem is hitting that perfect line in which the kite really performs at it's best - but I am getting closer. I have been every which way with the kite, work it a bit to get some speed and it travels well up-wind. you can sit it off to one side and quite comfortably sit with one hand on the bar and let it cruise or cycle it through a sine-wave to increase the speed. track with SW windsThe feel on the bar is great, nice and light pressure, but the feedback is really positive. Even with the shorter 45cm bar on the 6m the kite response is immediate and positive. Just the lightest touch to change the direction as good as if it were a fixed bridle on handles. I absolutely love flying on a bar, with the Access I am really letting it pull me through the down-wind power slides. Taking the kite to the top of the wind window, turning it through 180 and as it comes back down into the power zone, pulling on the bar as I turn the buggy through a 180 degree down-wind turn and let the kite pull me round through a huge, grin inducing, power-slide. The 5th line safety system gives a total flag out when you release the safety on the megatron chicken loop. I wasn't sure how I would go flying with the leash attached to the harness, in the buggy, but it hasn't been any sort of encumbrance. A part from having to hook the leash onto the flag out loop there is no difference than flying any-other kite. Let go of the bar and pull the release on the megatron chicken loop and the kite collapses and totally depowers -the bar shoots up towards a red ball on the front leader line and there is no pull at all. There was a little bit of untangling needed though - but it's reassuring to know how effective it is. There is also another quick release on the leash for those who like to get air and ride unhooked - not for me! Landing the kite in normal circumstances is straight forward and easy, just grab the hand-brake webbing with one hand and pull it towards your hip and the kite lands easily even in the power zone. Put it down at the edge of the power zone on those strong wind days. The hand-brake also works to reverse launch the kite when you stack-it, either keep hold and it will right itself and park on the ground or let it reverse launch and spin it and off you go... There is no way I have even come anywhere close to realizing the true potential of this kite, as my confidence and competence with the depower continues to increase my speed gradually edges up. It has already proven it's flexibility and stability in gusty conditions. I was always worried that I would regret selling my Ozone Method and Ozone Flow as they were my main work horses but I think the Access 6m is going to be a worthy replacement. the back pack close up on the bar
  23. Ozone is due to release the Chrono2 anytime now, usually around August they're puttering around New Zealand and other snow-laden destinations for their photo shoots with the upcoming season's snow kites preparing to head in to the European winter. There's a glimpse of the new Chrono2 in the most recent International KSurf Magazine release, what it doesn't display though is the sizes which will be available in 7m, 9m, 11m, 13m, 15m and 18m at this stage.
  24. Ozone Access Xt 4M

    One of my favorite kites, the 4m Access XT was Ozone's 2010 model in it's line of beginner to intermediate depower kites. It's a zippy little beastie too. Normally, you would not even consider static flying with a depower kite, but I have to admit, the 4m XT can be a bit of fun. Its quite a bit more responsive than the 09 XC and you can really work the kite vigorously to get some good power out of it. That speed of turning does come at a cost though, this is not the most stable kite Ozone has ever made. I would describe it as 'skittish'. Sit it at the top of the window next to an older model (I did this with 05? Frenzy) and the older kite sits there like a rock while the XT bobbles and quivers and moves around nervously. It's a lot more 'excitable' than it's 2009 XC predecessor. Nor is it quite as robustly made methinks. It's a little bit lighter all round - although it's never been a problem. Quality is typical Ozone - nicely put together. Mesh coverings on the cell openings. It also has the 'blowout' 'valves' which are a couple of openings to the front of the kite made of stiffer material that won't open under normal circumstances but will open in the event of a nose down crash to expel the excess pressure - neat idea. Bar is nice - the primary safety dumps the kite to the brakes and is quickly and easily reattached. The Access parks on it's brakes reasonably well but you do have to get the balance right between pressure on the power lines and pressure on the brakes - too much pressure on the brakes and the trailing edge will get wind under it and want to hop around, so a little thought is needed when you stake the brakes. Speaking of pressure, the bar feels quite light and comfortable when under way in the buggy with no great pressure on it from the brake lines. The 4m handles very directly and fast, it's just a fun kite to hoon around with. Upwind performance is adequate and speed is quite ok. I've managed about 66kph with the 4m and know of others who've gone a bit faster with it. Wind range for me starts at around 15 knots or so. By 18-20 it's a lot of fun. I've had it out in a little over 30 knots and it kept me on my toes - particularly with this model being a bit more skittish than previous models. This was my fastest run with the XT in 30 knot winds. You can see the wind is easily at 45 degrees or more cross on shore. It goes downwind really nicely. Very slow coming back but it did make it back.. Others may well use it in over 30 knots but that's enough wind for me. Nearly forgot to mention the bag....it's huge! You could probably fit 4 of these kites in there! Now the last couple of times I have bought Ozone depower kites, I really can't help thinking this company takes two steps forwards but one step back. Yes they made it faster and more responsive, but that was at the cost of stability. (It is still a pretty stable beast). But they took the cam cleat adjuster off the power lines and replaced it with some bloody useless trim straps on either end of the bar. Do you want to be trying to adjust two separate webbing straps either side of the bar in 25 knots? I sure as hell don't. The 4m doesn't particularly need a cam cleat adjuster as it's got a fair range of depower anyway, but they also left if off the rest of the range. I think it was a big mistake. Ozone must have thought the same as they re-instated it on the 2011 model. Here's a vid I did 5 years ago when the kite was a little more crispy - actually, even though I have flown this quite a bit over the years, it is still pretty crispy. Despite not having the cam cleat and not being quite as stable as other Access models, I do get a kick out of flying the 4m Access. They are a damn good versatile kite. I much prefer this safety system over the one Ozone put on the 2014 Frenzy which I couldn't come to grips with. If you've never flown one of these, you should try to beg, borrow or steal one for a test ride. And if you have a recent model, I'd be keen to hear how it stacks up against the 2010 XT.
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