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  1. .Joel

    Pansh A15

    Pansh’s latest closed cell depower foil is called the A15, this is a multi-sport kite aimed at Land, Water and Snow Kiting. Originally the Pansh A15 was released as a 15M kite, it’s now available as a 9M, 12M and 18M and additionally in custom colours. This review is focused on the A15 15M in Standard Colours. Kite Bag Pansh supplies two bags with this kite, the original Grey & White bag is what it comes shipped in. The Blue kite bag is for after you’ve opened the kite and flown it, due to its increased size makes packing the kite away a much easier task. I quite like the simplicity of these Pansh bags, and people travelling with their kite gear will love them as they’re super light but add that layer between your kite and other gear in your travel bag. Profile The profile of the kite is a Mid-High Aspect Closed Cell with a curved trailing edge adding slightly more depth to the profile ending in squared/straight wingtips. The total cell count for the 15M is 33, once inflated the kite is quite thick between the top and lower skin holding a large volume of air. Once in flight there is quite a pronounced arc from wingtip to wingtip. Bridle Pansh’s bridle work has improved dramatically over the years, the A15 is their next step in moving forward with some new additional features. First of all the bridle itself is fully sewn and sleeved, reducing knots and tangles when laying it out. The tabs on the A15 are re-enforced by distributing the tab inside the kite to spread the load point. Between the tab and the bridle are their new “bridle knots” which are identical to Flysurfer’s LCL’s (Little Connection Lines). These are generally a lower-spec dyneema of around 30kg to 45kg each so that if you snag your kite or overload part of it on an object they will break away before tearing the tabs out of the kite’s sail. Their pulleys seem adequate, however their new UHMWPE braided lines through the pulleys is a little on the thin side. I have no doubt the load of the line is adequate however the reduction in line diameter may lead to the line wearing a rut in to the pulley much quicker. A slightly thicker line would distribute the load over more area reducing pulley wear. The line connectors on our test kite came with metal rings, however Pansh have updated this and are now using “ELC’s” or more commonly known to those familiar with Flysurfer kites “Easy Line Connectors.” Sail Features The gaphics of the sail itself look stunning in the sky, it’s a really nice pattern. Pansh also offer a range of alternative custom colour examples, or you can choose your own combination of colours. Presently this is free for Bronze members and above, otherwise there’s an additional fee for standard memberships. It’s beyond the sail colours that things get rather interesting, the kite itself has 5 vent intakes and utilises Pansh’s new “DAIS” system which is their “Dual-way Alternate Inflation System.” The concept behind this is to split the air intake to two, an upper and lower intake on the same position of the kite. As a kite changes angle of attack the angle of the air intake changes, by splitting the air intake to an upper and lower they change the pressure of the air being fed in to the sail via the air intake. It’s effectively like driving with your car window down and sticking your hand out, as you change the angle of your hand you feel more or less pressure push against you. In its very basic form it’s the same concept they’re applying to the air intake. Pansh have now included a velcro opening in the middle of the trailing edge which is used for “drainage and dirt-outs” to allow sand and water to escape the middle of the kite. They then have the standard dirt-outs on the wingtips of the kite for drainage and dirt. Now interestingly to the left and right of the middle dirt-out there are two “blow-off” valves, or as I prefer to call them “blow-out” valves. These are magnetic and sewn in to the trailing edge and do add some weight to the trailing edge. One thing I did notice in flight that the centre of the trailing edge was never uniform and smooth like the rest of the trailing edge. The “blow-out” valves seemed to induce a slight deformity, overall personally I don’t like the design and positioning of the “blow off” valves. Moving away from the centre of the trailing edge and looking at all the cells along the trailing edge there’s another improvement, and not done with the acronyms yet it’s called “DCTE” or “Double Cell Trailing Edge.” They’ve take the full cell width, and split it directly in the middle sewing in an additional piece of material giving the trailing edge twice as many cells as the leading edge. The result being in the air with exception to where the blow-off valves are located the rest of the trailing edge looks like on of the most uniform and cleanest trailing edges i’ve seen on a closed-cell kite. It seems to hold its trailing edge shape incredibly well. Just in case you thought there weren’t enough openings, there’s also a huge zipper on the back of the kite which for packing up is excellent. I found it was easier to pack this kite tightly than my other closed cells due to the size and position of the zipper all the air flowed out as you rolled it up. The kite is internally built really well, with folded and sewn edges where usually they would be hot-knife cut and fray over time. However they continually use some material to re-enforce parts of their kite, I'm not sure what it is however I've seen it before on the Pansh AceII in "gold." On the A15 it's frequent in White. Finally now that we’ve gone through a glossary of new acronyms that Pansh has introduced with this kite we move to its spectacular flying characteristics. Low Winds I initially setup the lines and took it out in about 4 to 5 knots of wind, it was a slight morning breeze where I saw the opportunity to setup the kite in light wind in anticipation of the afternoon breeze coming through. After setting up the lines I had the kite directly down wind of me, gave a few tugs on the front lines to pop up the leading edge and the kite started to inflate slowly. At about 30% inflation I gave another pull and got the kite just off the ground, it then started to climb slowly as I walked backwards and after about 10meters of walking and swooping the kite left to right it was inflated. The kite sat at 12 o’clock in the window and was stable, moved it to the left and right of the window and again stable at the edges. I didn’t do much more however I could feel it was quite grunty. Moderate Winds Over the rest of the trip we had decent afternoon winds so on the beach in about 10 knots of wind I setup the kite, giving the kite a tug it immediately took off and started to inflate. With less than half the kite inflated I had ample control to bring the kite up and move it around instantly fully inflating it. Immediately I could feel the kite had noticeably more power than in the morning, however with more wind it seemed even more stable. It literally sat in the window like it was anchored to that position whether that was above me or to the edges of the window. In the Kite Buggy I had a straw hat on as I didn’t imagine I’d be doing much in the way of speed with this kite. However once I was moving and the apparent wind kicked in it instantly delivered an incredible amount of power for its size. It literally sat at the edge of the window and just pulled like a tractor, there was no stalling, no falling backwards and jumping forwards, it just pulled consistently. Soon I realised on the slightly down-wind run as the wind increased slightly I was moving over 50km/h and thinking to myself “excellent choice on the straw hat for protection.” On the downwind run I never felt it a struggle to keep the kite in the window. Going back up wind with the kite it pointed well and again continued to haul me back up the beach. As the afternoon went on the wind did shift and blow more down the beach, this meant working the kite more and at the very end required me to tack a few times back up the beach. It didn’t have the upwind reach of a full race kite such as the Peter Lynn Vapor, however I didn’t feel at any point it offered less upwind reach than my old Speed3. Overall it was consistent both in upwind and downwind performance. The kite is incredibly grunty and pushing hard against the kite didn’t invoke it to surge to the edge of the window then stall, it literally just steadily kept hauling the buggy. Turning however on the A15 is not as quick as the Speed3, there’s certainly a noticeable initial delay in initiating the turn before it starts to increase in responsiveness. I also feel that my old Speed 3 had a greater range of depower on the bar throw, whilst the A15 offers an exceptional amount of depower I feel the old Speed 3 and especially the Speed 4 offered far more depower on the bar throw before requiring you to adjust the trim strap. Conclusion Overall I am very impressed with the build quality and flight of the kite. I think this is by far Pansh’s best built kite to date offering a lot of new features inspired by other manufacturers and also offering a number of new features inspired by their own research, design and implementation. Pansh is clearly looking at the competition now and raising the standard of their kites to fit in amongst them. In flight I felt I could trust the kite completely, it was stable, well behaved and predictable. There was plenty of power when I wanted it and ample depower. The kite itself not only represents great value for money, however removing the price point that attracts many people to Pansh I can confidently say even with a higher price tag it would still represent a great purchase. It’s not only a kite that makes people’s first entry to closed cell kites a great choice, for those with much older closed cell kites that are starting to deteriorate it offers a good update path. In a word, impressed.
  2. Andrew Andrade

    Which pansh kites are worth getting?

    Looking at Pansh's line-up, they offer kites at a very affordable price. Which of the models are worth getting? I was thinking about getting a larger kite for the low end winds and a 8 or 10 m for higher winds. Are the modifications necessary to enable them to fly well difficult to do?
  3. socommk233

    Pansh Aurora2 15M

    The Aurora 1 was a little hit and miss for pretty much all that tried one. With work they would fly. But that's not what a customer expects to do no matter how cheap they are. Pansh had then made the A15 and then gave the Aurora another go. Now I was given a prototype Aurora 2 15m to work on with Pansh. Fly it. Tweek it and send videos and feedback. I done this. And they responded with a v2 bridle set for the aurora 2. Yay I though. They are finally listening. Or were they? I flew it on the v1 bridle and found it worked great. It would launch. It would turn. It wod let you jump. And depower safely. However it seemed a bit sluggish. So I made some adjustments using the metal line end pieces they use. Each can shorten a line about 50mm approx and using these made it fast and temporary but safe to keep in the lines. I shortened the b line by 51mm and the brake lines by 102mm and tried again. The kite would launch and inflate faster. It would sit depowered but with a "ready for action" kind of stance rather than a previously floppy slow responce before. Brake line shortening made it turn all the better too. I flew it at the nobarriers event along side another that was on v2 bridles. V2 bridles would also fly but it looked awkward to launch. So when I had the chance I swapped mine over. I compared the bridles to see they had indeed shortened the lines I had, but not by the same measurements. And maybe some other lines too. On launch the tips would rise and fold over to the centre. A more positive power on launch was needed as was a lot of pressure inflation. Then as it flew it seemed even less responsive and more prone to collapsing in on itself in low winds. I very quickly put my modified v1 bridles back on. This gas made me wonder if Pansh are at all flying these kites themselves to see how they fly in the real world. Or relying on numbers given out by their design software. Anyway. Don't let this put you off. With very simple tweeks this kite is now a favourite of mine. It's great low wind machine. Upwind is very nice as is downwind. It turns fast enough but I'm finding it hard to keep off the ground in a rushed turn on 15m lines. 20m lines will be best. The lift and float is predictable and addictive. It's the only kite that I enjoy jumping with. Set up with the bar trim so it doesn't back stall in the wind speed and your good to go. The build quality is bloody brilliant. Not top if the line but your not paying top of the line either. Large zip for deflation makes packing up a breeze. Magnetic blow out actually works....I love it. They have even put mesh over the intakes to help hold shape and aerodynamics. However it is a rubberised material and tends to pick up wet sand then get blown into the kite. This kite is a push in the right direction. Pansh ARE listening to feedback (if not quite exact ) and the products are just getting better with each new kite. I can not wait to see what us next 😎
  4. .Joel

    Pansh Ace II 4.0M

    4.0M Red (Pre-Production) $40 (SOLD) Pickup from Richmond, Victoria or post at buyer's expense.
  5. agriarte

    My Pansh Aurora 15 is here

    Today, I have received my order and duty-free! I still have not been able to go to the beach to try. Delivery time has been a bit bigger because a failure of the spanish postal company, they sent my package to another city by mistake. Today I only had time to open the package. Maybe tomorrow I will can expand information
  6. .Joel

    Pansh A15 15M Kite

    Pansh A15 15M For Sale (SOLD) Comes complete w/ Core Kiteboarding Bar & Lines $500 + Post. Payment via Direct Deposit, Paypal or Credit Card. Link to my review: http://www.extremekites.com.au/reviews/kites/pansh-a15-r33/ More Information: http://www.panshkite.com/index.php?gOo=goods_search_list.dwt&gcat=152 This kite has been flown only a handful of times, if you're looking for an affordable, large, low-wind closed cell kite this is it
  7. Pari

    PANSH A15 12M KITE - SOLD

    Complete kite with bar, lines leash and carry sack. Has been flown a dozen times and is in excellent condition. Great low wind kite and heaps of fun on the land board, big floaty jumps and landings, good up wind riding. $500 ono + postage Payment with Paypal, bank deposit and of course good old cash.
  8. Northern Kites Australia

    Help me with my Pansh Aurora 12m bridles

    Hi guys, Anyone here with a 12m PANSH Aurora? The one more recent before the A15 came out, and not the Aurora II I don't know why but suddenly I am having problems flying this thing. It just stalls and ends up doing a bow-tie every time I try and launch it. The bar's lines are all even and properly adjusted. I've checked it twice The bridles are the issue, but I am not sure how to check them for sure if there are no line plans. So I am relying on someone's kindness and time to yeah... make a bridle line plan, based from a working Aurora. When I launch the kite does not want to fill up with air (yes checked the zips are all closed and the deflate port). The kite starts to rise and then suddenly it's like something grabs the leading edge and sends the kite into a spin. I pull on one of the steering lines to try and stop it, but it just keeps going into a spin. Sorry if I am not making sense. The only thing I can think of doing is to lengthen the power lines which will throw my bar out of alignment with other kites I use it with, or extend the steering bridles on the Pansh. Cheers
  9. .Joel

    Pansh Ace II

    Lately Pansh have been increasing their range and now it looks like they're going full circle and updating some of their aging models. Recently the Ace had an update and I was interested in seeing how it had improved over the original model I had purchased back in 2007. Today I had my first hands on look and fly of the new Pansh Ace II, this is the last Prototype model right before they went in to production around a month ago. The quality has improved vastly however still with some questions. Overall the kite feels quite powerful for it's size, the bridles have been upgraded from the original model as well as the cloth used on the canopy. My flight today was very brief and static, once I get it out in a buggy I'll further share my thoughts in detail regarding how it feels in flight. Here's a peek with some more photos to follow so check back
  10. andy666

    Pansh 50% off

    Yep, pansh are having a 50% off all in stock products until Christmas. Excellent opportunity for anyone who has been thinking about giving a pansh kite a test. http://www.panshkite.com/index.php?gOo=article_details.dwt&articleid=123
  11. andy666

    Sold: Pansh Sprints

    5m and 7.4m pansh sprints for sale. $100 each or get both for $150. Free postage in Australia. the sprint is pansh's fixed bridle race kite. They are not as refined as the vapors, but they are fast and would be good for someone wanting to try a race kite without paying a fortune. Comes as kite only.
  12. .Joel

    Pansh Blaze IIIs

    Pansh have released an update to the Blaze series with the Blaze IIIs except this time it's a full depower kite out of the bag with 5th line safety. 30+ more photos in the Gallery: Kite Flatplan & Dimensions More information: http://www.panshkite.com/index.php?gOo=goods_details.dwt&goodsid=386
  13. Guillaume Booissonneault

    Pansh A-15

    From the album: Pansh A-15

    Pansh A-15 Custom Colours
  14. Northern Kites Australia

    Pansh Aurora - 15m

    HI everyone, I am seriously thinking of order the Pansh Aurora 15m or 12m (not sure at this stage). I want it to be basically a poor-man's Flysurfer Speed 2 (or 3?) alternative, for both kitesurfing and landkiting. I simply cannot afford local prices for a new Flysurfer Speed 3 or 4, or even a HQ Matrixx II (and only Briskites have them I believe). However, this video is exactly why I want one ... to do floaty jumps and use the kite also on water kite surfing. I am not into special tricks or mega loops, etc. Just freestyle. So, I was wondering if anyone here could kindly tell me how best to order, any suggestions on ordering (credit card, paypal, direct deposit, etc?), what to look out for? I've read on FoilZone some bad customer experiences, and of course how is (was?) your Aurora experience? I am going to order the 60cm bar and 25m lines set as well, but if you guys think I can get away with a normal 4-line bar or a Speed 3 bar setup (I have an old one somewhere)? Am I dreaming!?
  15. andy666

    FS: 12m Aurora

    Sold: 12m pansh aurora (kite only) $280. Free postage within Australia. The kite is in perfect condition and has only been flown about 3 or 4 hours. it is the latest updated model, with plastic pulleys and upgraded bridle line that runs through the pulleys. i originally bought the kite purely out of curiosity to see how it compared to my 12m speed 3 and I was very surprised at just how close the comparison was. And im only selling now, because I don't need two 12m kites that perform almost the same.
  16. Ozone Chrono vs Pansh Aurora Photo Credit: Young Jeremy
  17. buggy1452

    Pansh First 5M

    Pansh 'First' 5M Prototype Introduction The First is a kite in development by Pansh Kites for buggy racing and is in prototype release. While this kite is in development for buggy racing it has many fine attributes to commend it to the experienced beach buggy flyer. Low lift, upwind performance and fine control come immediately to mind. The kite looks great in flight, is manufactured from first rate components and the manufacture quality is second to none. The livery is an exciting departure from that of the Sprint using an alternating pattern of black and white similiar to the checkered flag for Formula 1. This design adds a new level of complexity to the assembly of the kite calling for unprecedented precision in the manufacturing process. Power kites are very challenging in there assembly due to being made up of a large number of strips of fabric. This kite increases this challenge as the strips are made up of alternating black and white segments. I will fly the kite using the new coloured (red 220kg / blue 136kg) 20M, coated dyneema line set offered by Pansh. The kite will be reviewed in onshore winds for beach buggying and for static flight. The onshore winds experienced locally have a large thermal component and therefore vary in strength and direction. The strength varies typically as follows in knots 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 10-15, 10 -20, 15-25, 18-30 Canopy Dimensions Area = 5 M sq Chord = 1.15 M Span = 5.32 M Fabric: Ripstop crisp fabric Cells There are 40 cells with the two center cells (20&21) closed and 9 open cells to left (11 to 19) and right (22 to 30) of centre cells with 10 cells closed on each wing tip. Open 18 Closed 22 Sandouts: Cell 2 & 39 - Velcro Bridle Material: White Coated Dyneema, sewn loops Configuration: A, B, C and D Power The power bridle is 2 teir with 27 primary connections cascading to 10 secondary at the leader for the powerline. Numbering from centre out PA(1-9) PB(1-9) PC(1-9). PA (1-2) – SA 1, PA (3-4) - SA 2, PA(5-6) – SA 3 PB (1-2) – SB 1, PB (3-4) - SB 2, PB(5-6) – SB 3 PC (1-2) – SC 1, PC (3-4) - SC 2, PC(5-6) – SC 3 There are 9 connect points on the outer three cells to support the wing tips. PA (7-8) 9, PB (7-8) 9, PC (7-8) 9 - S10 Brake D bridle with 9 connect points each side. This bridle configuration offers strong balanced support of the canopy giving predictable flight characteristics. The kite flies on its power bridles and can be responsively steered using the power lines only, with the brakes controlling speed, enhancing steerage and controlling landing. The brakes can be released without the kite overflying the wind window. In Flight Wind Range: Gusting to 20 knots, but will generate useful power from 6 Knts. Setup I attached the lines to the bridle at the longest setting offered on the bridle header leads and the kite flew as I wanted, the brakes are off in flight but with very responsive control, launching and landing. Launch The kite requires to be allowed to inflate before lift off then rolling onto one tip and flying away across the wind window. Landing Gentle even pressure on the brakes will back the kite onto the ground. Static Flying The kite launches easily – first inflate on the sand allowing wing tips to fill. A gentle tug on the power lines to lift kite into the wind window. Gentle pressure on brakes to steady kite pull on one power line to steer kite to vertical in centre of wind window then ease brakes to fly to edge of wind window. Above 6 knots the kite will sit stationary at edge of wind window if a gentle pressure is applied to the brakes. The kite responds well to control of both brake and power lines. Its speed across the wind window can be regulated by brake pressure on both lines. Figure eights both up and down turn, generated generous power in 3 to 6 knts for sand skudding.. The kite exhibits low lift when flown quickly to the zenith and responds evenly to brake pressure to land backwards. The kite can also be landed downwind by collapsing the lower wing tip onto the sand and releasing pressure on the upper power line allowing the kite to lay on its back. This technique is useful when landing alone in high winds. Beach Buggying The kite proved itself in the buggy being stable and controllable. I flew the kite on a strop on a seat harness. This allowed me to fly one handed steering on the power lines. It is essential that no pressure is exerted on the brake lines to prevent unwanted steerage and to allow the kite to respond to gusts by moving forward in the wind window and accelerating the buggy. In strong gusts there would be a surging forward of the kite and as the gust passed the kite would slide back in the window which gave the illusion of the buggy catching up to the kite. If the kite shifted due to updraft , wind shift or inadvert inputs I found it responsive to corrections and therefore not threatened if it drifted around the wind window. All up my buggy and I are relatively light at 120kg. The 5M First generates usable power from 5 knts and remained manageable to gusting 20knts with controllable loss of traction in gusts over 15/16knots. The first session with the kite lasted over 2 hours. Max speed was 59.5 km/h. I was on the beach with a Libre Vmax powered by a 10M Flysurfer Speed 1.5 and in wind speeds of 10/15knots I was able to pass the Vmax going full speed in the opposite direction turn to follow and round it up in about 2km and pull away. I flew it on long runs to windward that lasted for over 15 minutes at speeds around 40 km/h and found it much less tiring than say an ACE. The kite was so stable, predictable and low lift I could comfortably fly it 1M off the sand or quickly push it up to 80 deg in the window if necessary.
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