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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 :victory:

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Well ive had a buggy with my proto and it certainly goes like stink, if its flown in the right wind its very grunty. Ive also tried static in light winds and thats when it didnt want to fly compared to smaller more expensive stuff.

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Well ive had a buggy with my proto and it certainly goes like stink, if its flown in the right wind its very grunty. Ive also tried static in light winds and thats when it didnt want to fly compared to smaller more expensive stuff.

Interesting Chris.

I found the same thing, in the quick 5 minute static fly I had.

 

Flew it back to back with a mark one PL 5.6m Twister.

The Twister had more drive (wanting to go forward and climb) and better turning (overall seemed more refined), than the Ace II.

But for the price, the Ace is a lot of kite. It's not to bad, but it's not quite the level of the named brands.

For those on a budget, this kite is great value and it offers reasonable performance to other mid aspect kites.

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remember its intention is aimed at the freestyle market. We wanted the AceII to be slower in the turn from the original ace this was due to when redirect the kite was always there and gone to its point, where as by slowing down the redirect it could help with float as not being so quick. More vents have been added and the vents were pushed higher into the edge using the slash style to help air intake to reduce luffing and also tucking over which the Ace I was prone

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I had a quick fly this afternoon in light gusty conditions - just enough to give me a little taste of what the Ace II might be about.  Utterly different beast than the Methods - performance wise, I think it will comprehensively chew them up and spit them out with disdain!  I don't even think I could hold my ground with it in 10 knots - it's got some serious pull.  It didn't like too much brake input in the turns - like some other higher aspect kites I've flown occasionally.  If you look closely at the stitching, it is not the same quality as the more well known brands, but at less than half the price, you have to expect some compromises.  It certainly seems well enough built and flies well.  I need to get it into some smooth wind down the beach where I get the feeling it's really going to let rip in the buggy.  It also feels like it could scare the shit out of me considering what I have been flying over the last few years.  Seems like a lot of kite for the money. :good:

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  It also feels like it could scare the shit out of me considering what I have been flying over the last few years.  Seems like a lot of kite for the money. :good:

 

It's going to feel like a bitch after your NPW's, watch the gusts and keep the video rolling:blackeye:

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On 12/6/2015 at 4:17 PM, Chook said:

I'm keen to see how it pans out John. Looks the goods and for the money it's outstanding.

If you use this kite what is your opinion about this kite?

Is it possible to compare this kite with PL Hornet?

Thanx.

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2 hours ago, m_panah said:

If you use this kite what is your opinion about this kite?

Is it possible to compare this kite with PL Hornet?

Thanx.

Welcome to the forum m_panah.

I have only flown a 2m Hornet in very strong winds and that made me really concentrate.

John H, lent me the 4m Ace2 at Kingston and it was pretty impressive. I gave it a good workout and found it not a lot slower than a 3.8 Vapor.

It even had Vapor traits, liking to fly on it's front lines with the brakes backed off a bit, to really pull to the front of the window.

The red and white graphics are the most stunning that I've seen on any recent kites. 

I feel it would be a step ahead of a hornet in performance and more closely matched to a Reactor 2. (My Reactor 2 is a 4.4m though)

Value for money you cant go past it. It's an outstanding kite and has heaps of potential. 

It does like a steady input, like any higher performance kite it will fold a tip in, if not kept suitably powered up when turning.  

Hope that helps you.  

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6 minutes ago, jhn.holgate said:

I don't know that it's been flown since Kingston.  You'll just have to win it in the next comp and let us know what you think.

:round-thumbs-up:

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4 hours ago, ssayre said:

fantastic from a video perspective.  Usually it's either first person or 3rd person from far away.  I've never seen one like this.

Agreed. Hate to see OBEs, but it was a cool angle. Not much ACE II porn out there, but this showed some raw power!

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