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// Follow Up
Review Cronix by Nico (Flysurfer France)05.Aug.2013:
Inflation: Quite fast, Easy inflate valve. One-pump system.
Trailing edge bridle: Very easy, no troubles or tangles in all line checks & use.
Start and line check: Same as other 4-line L.E.I, connection points with indication.
Adjustable steering forces and Setting the trailing edge camber/profile by using simple larks-head knots with indication.
On the water:
We first had a light wind session and only tried the low to medium wind-range of the 12m Cronix. It seems that low end with a standard twin-tip is around 12 knots. Then we had a 15-20 knots session and could really try this new kite. In those wind condition the first impression for the rider is the comfort. The pull and depower is very constant, you always keep control of the kite.
Depower wasn’t tested at the high end, but on the beach the kite stayed on the sand at the edge of the wind window with no input in the bar and almost no remaining pull. Just as other well-balanced leading edge inflatable kites. We’ll need a more windy session to test the full wind-range that the 12m Cronix offers.
On the standard position, the bar-pressure was ok for me, tried the harder one and could feel more tension in my arms, but I’ll need more testing to have an overview of the setting effect.
My level: Basic jumps and rotations, non-PKRA unhooked tricks, I can say the kite has enough performance (lift, hangtime and turning speed) for all basic to advanced freestyle moves. For the expert freestylers, I’ll leave that for the review of the freestyle champion’s.
Same for wave riding, the kite is drifting well, has very good depower with stability and fast turning, all what you expect and want for wave riding. But 1 session testing on a twin tip is not enough; let’s wait for some strapless wave riding reviews.
We tested it in different wind conditions; from 10 not (6-7 if you can stand) the relaunch is easy. Just pull onto one line to rotate the kite. Or pull both back-lines to make it fly backwards.
All in all very good relaunch ability; still during the test I had a swim in because of strong current and winds that nearly stopped. When there is not even enough wind to keep tension in the lines, of course no miracle.
I’m still looking for the negative, maybe price but with Flysurfer you can be sure about quality and customer care, and there will probably not be a new Cronix every year and won’t find it at lower cost 6th months later.
Tube VS Foil:
I’m used to ridefoilkites for years, but I often try current L.E.I/tubekites that are on the market. The Tube VS Foil debate has been discussed a lot already. In the end both have advantages and disadvantages. Many opinions come from people who haven’t really tried both.
Being rigid, the tube kite turns fast, is response, quick and keeps it shape. With its soft canopy and bridle system the foil provides more lift (power/hangtime) and gives a more constant pull. The start is also different; kiteboarders are faster on the water with a foilkite.
For wave riding where fast turning, kite response and also the rigid shape when slacking the flying lines is important, the tube has the advantage. For all other use both foil and tube can do the job, if there is wind enough for the tube to fly and perform. Next to the low-wind performance, the foil also has the advantage on water and snow. In the end, the choice is up to the rider and his/her style and use, best is to try both to get your ownidea and opinion.
If I would challenge Cronix 12 and Speed3 12 DLX on the water, I would choose Speed3 for hangtime and low end and Cronix for wave riding and fast looping. I have both, so I can switch
Tested in around 15 knots of wind. The Flysurfer Self-Launcher system works with a sand bag that you attach to the kite at one side of the leading edge. There is a small metal splint on each side of the leading edge of the kite, that you can pass through the ring which is attached to the sand bag.
When adding tension to the flying lines the metal splint will be pulled out, the ring releases and the kite is disconnected and can be flown as you direct it.
Of course you first need to check your lines and be sure to have space enough to launch safe at the edge of the wind window. You can start almost all L.E.I/tubekites alone with the good technique, but with this Flysurfer system your leading edge is not sliding on the ground and more importantly, you are in control of the situation.