// Speed4 Lotus … just unique!
Because of the great demand there are longer delivery times.
// Maximum Performance
The Speed4 Lotus is the most performance orientated kite that we have ever had at Flysurfer. The Speed product line has become a synonym for pure performance, ever since its introduction in 2001. A sleek and stretched out machine ensuring low-end performance, maximum upwind ability and airtime. The key to the sustained success of the Speed line was the continuous improvement of the overall performance – “power is nothing without control” could have been the slogan for the Speed3. Turning ability, handling, stability and depower have reached a very high level. With the Speed4 Lotus, we were able to gain another step in both “power” as well as “control”. The improved design and profiles in conjunction with the new Lotus cloth push the boundaries of low-end, upwind, lift and hangtime one more time.
// The Best Materials
At Flysurfer we have always set high standards on quality and durability. With the Speed4 Lotus we bring this philosophy to the next level. The highlight is use of a completely new type of cloth material with a so-called lotus effect, an industry first in kiteboarding. This material is not only extremely airtight and has excellent water- and stain-resistance, it is so smooth that we can not even print on the kite. The Lotus cloth is a staggering 25 percent lighter than our already very light deluxe cloth! This weight reduction means: the kite is flying even earlier, can be packed-up smaller, is easier than ever before to get out of the water and the cloth remains airtight even after countless hours of flight time – maintaining the same performance as the day you bought it.. For the Speed4 Lotus we are also introducing thinner, low-resistance flying lines. The new lines are even stiffer but much thinner, while retaining the same breaking loads as before. The Speed4 Lotus will use the Frontline Safety as the default safety system, however a 5th line safety (FDS) will be offered as an optional accessory. To round the complete package off, the Speed4 Lotus will be offered with the 6 month Free Repair Warrantee as well!
Flysurfer has always chosen its own unique way. Product cycles of two, three and sometimes even more years are normal for us. We follow an improvement-oriented approach to development, meaning we only release products when significant progress has been made. The Speed4 Lotus flies even earlier, is more stable in the sky, turns better and also jumps higher than its predecessor. Through the use of Lotus-cloth for the first time in a kite product, we were able to increase the longevity of the kite and the special material properties are simply amazing … You’ll feel it. The new 18.0m2 will be the desired size between 15.0m2 and 21.0m2 for many … we are convinced that the Speed4 Lotus will make your next kite session an unforgettable experience.
// The Ready-to-Fly Speed4 Lotus package consists of:
- 1x Speed4 Lotus kite
- 1x Infinity 2.0 Control Bar with 21m flying lines
- 1x Accessory Kit (including Safety Leash, Repair Kit, Suicide Loop, Sandbag, Depower line, Spare Part Lines and additional replacement parts)
- 2x Gear Guides (Kite & Bar separately)
- 1x Speed4 Bag
- 6 month Free Repair Warrantee by Flysurfer
// Speed4 Lotus – Features
Full details of the SPEED4 Lotus Package…
// Unbelievable low-end
The Speed4 Lotus reduces the minimum wind requirements considerably. Especially in combination with high-performance kite race boards and hydrofoils this advantages is very noticeable.
// Maximum performance
The optimized and smoother profiles of the top and bottom sails as well as the reduced line drag effect, have a noticeable effect on the total performance of the wing. Thanks to these new technologies, a significant increase in performance has been achieved on the Speed4 Lotus.
// Lotus cloth
Thanks to our new Lotus cloth water and dirt is repelled from the kite in an unprecedented fashion. The air tightness of this new cloth is second to none. The fabric is very sleek and makes for an extremely smooth top and bottom sail. The Lotus cloth material is 25 percent lighter than our popular deluxe cloth, this advantage is clearly noticeable: earlier flying, tighter turning and more stability, just to name a few.
// Reduced pack-size
Because of the Lotus cloth, packing size is again significantly reduced, so your kite luggage will become even more compact.
// Optimized sizing
The Speed4 Lotus sizing is divided in constant 3m² steps, which makes building your kite quiver even easier.
// High performance flying lines
Thanks to new Dyneema core fibers, we could reduce the diameter of the new high-performance lines significantly, creating less drag, while retaining the same breaking loads of the lines.
// Uniform Bar setup
The Speed4 Lotus Infinity 2.0 Control Bar uses the 1m long leader lines of the CRONIX. This allows the control bar to be used on both kites. It is only necessary to ensure that the stopper knot is set to the longest FLS position of the kite which is used.
// Optional 5th line safety
By default, the Speed4 Lotus is equipped with a frontline safety (FLS). For fans and supporters of the fifth line safety system, we have developed a FDS upgrade-kit, which can be ordered in our online-shop or at a Flysurfer dealer near you.
// Quality of workmanship and durability
The product-life and the value sustainability of our products is very important to us. The Lotus cloth has superb durability values despite its lightness, offering extreme performance even after many kite sessions.
// Infinity 2.0 Bar
The Speed4 Lotus package is completed with our proven Infinity 2.0 Control Bar which has been impressing riders since its introduction to the market. Key features include our safe & dependable quick release and super smooth line untwisting function even after endless rotations.
// 6 month Free Repair Warrantee by Flysurfer
More details can be found here
// Speed4 Product line
Countless feedback from the market, customers, riders and our own standards, have made us decide to build the larger sizes of the Speed4 (12.0/15.0/18.0/21.0m2) in a higher aspect ratio (AR), more performance-oriented design, the Speed4 LOTUS has the ever so popular high performance feel, i.e low-end power and great upwind ability combined with endless hangtime. The small sizes Speed4 (8.0/10.0m2) are optimized for stronger winds and because of this have a lower aspect ratio (AR) and thus a slightly different characteristic. By the way, the Speed3 Coloured Edition (in standard and deluxe cloth) will remain in the product range until further notice.
// Speed4 8.0 & 10.0m²
First things first: The Speed4 in 8.0 and 10.0m² are unbelievably versatile. Despite the enormous performance potential, the Speed4 is still suitable for beginners in the lower wind ranges but still a true air-time machine in the upper wind range.
Unequaled performance – at your demand
Without exaggeration: The Speed4 is the best performing kite that we have ever built. Whether in low end, turningspeed, relaunch, jumping characteristics or depower… Almost everywhere we have been able to set new limits. Yet it’s performance is more accessible than ever – for every rider. It starts when you pull up the Speed4: The kite inflates incredibly fast and provides security from the first moment onwards. Whether fully powered up or fully depowered, a Speed4 stays stable in the sky. And thanks to the balanced handling not only your jumps are much easier, but also their landings.
In the air
There is so much that cannot be put into words, but instead has to be experienced. The Speed4 flying feeling is one of those things. More direct and faster turning performance, a glide ratio that you only experience with Speeds, the now extremely short depower throw, the lift, the control…We needed six months just for the fine-tuning the Speed4 in order to reach this result: It just feels plain great to fly a Speed4.
Our vision is not only to improve our kites, but to further shape the sport of kiting. What has remained is a simple and effective system. Lowest possible weight, smallest pack dimensions, quickest setup and stow-away and enormous durability … The Speed4 is more effective, lighter and more compact than anything else we have ever built. We were even able to achieve a bridle that is almost one-third lighter and remove an entire bridle row. This not only makes kiting easier, but results in even better performance.
The Speed4 is a completely new development, based on a concept: A defined flex performance of the kite-profile. We achieved this with a new canopy construction and an extremely simplified bridle. Depowered, a reflexed trailing edge is formed with especially low lift and high stability. By pulling the bar down, the profiles bends and an enormous lift increase is created. This technology makes it possible to use a lighter construction with less drag, as well as creating highly effective depower and high stability while simultaneously maintaining short bar travel. The new construction is supplemented by a reinforcement of the leading edge for maximum flight stability in gusting winds and yet again-improved aerodynamics. The result is a kite that not only brings all the advantages of the Speed3 to the next level, but also steps up it’s freestyle performance.
Next to established technologies and features of the past like – Little Connection Lines, Automatic Water/Dirt Drainage System, Triple Depower, etc. – we introduce the following technical features.
// Rigid Foil Technology by Gin
Reinforcement of the front leading edge profile for increased performance and stability.
// Smart Direct Airfoil
New flex-profile from extensive simulations for a shorter and more effective depower and quicker turning.
// Minimized bridle
Just three main levels (A,B & Z) and new connection points have created a much simpler line system, which is lighter and has less drag.
// Simplified mixer
Just one pulley per side makes for easiest trim tuning for everyone.
The new fabric colours of the Speed3 Coloured Edition not only impressed us, they impressed our customers as well. For that reason we will be sticking with these colors and color code system and will produce the Speed4 8.0m² in sunny yellow and the Speed4 10.0m² in cyanblue. The standard versions will remain red. Of course, the matching new Speed4 Bag is complimentary to round off the product range. The Deluxe Version with a classy gold logos and the standard version with a premium silver logos.
We are proud of our new Flysurfer gear guide, too. It is packed with illustrations, tips & tricks. And is available in four languages (German, English, French and Italian). A big thank you goes out to Peter Goldbach from boardway.org, who contributed substantially to the concept, realization and implementation. Each kitebag has two separate gear guides included – one for the kite and one for the bar.
// Deluxe cloth adds the following features (compared with standard cloth)
- Flies in the lightest breeze (on water/land/snow)
- Turns tighter and faster
- More stability
- Better low-end performance
- Lighter traveling
- Smaller packing dimensions
// Total package consists of:
- 1x Speed4 Kite 8.0 or 10.0 m²
- 1x Infinity 2.0 Bar with 21m flying lines
- 1x Accessory Kit (including Safety Leash, Repair Kit, Suicide Loop, Sandbag, Depower line, Spare Part Lines and additional replacement parts.
- 2x Gear Guides (Kite & Bar separately)
- 1x Speed4 Bag
// Technical DataKiteSpeed4 8.0Speed4 10.0Speed4 Lotus 12.0Speed4 Lotus 15.0Speed4 Lotus 18.0Speed4 Lotus 21.0
Lotus Cloth - -
Standard Cloth - - - - Deluxe-Cloth - - - - Area (m²) 8.0 10.0 12.0 15.0 18.0 21.0 Area (projected) 6.4 8.0 10.2 12.8 15.3 17.9 Surface Ratio 65...80% 65...80% 70…85% 70…85% 70…85% 70…85% change of the projected size when powering up 23% 23% 21% 21% 21% 21% Aspect Ratio 4.85 4.85 5.8 5.8 5.8 5.8 Cells 29 29 39 39 39 39 Line length (m) 21 21 21 21 21 21(+6) "Kite only" weight in kg (=canopy + complete bridle + mixer) - Lotus cloth 2.3 2.7 3.2 3.7 Depth of the profile (cm) 144 161 167 187 205 221 Span in cm (flat size) 623 696 831 929 1018 1100 Line Plan
// Windrange in knots
The Wind Range Chart is to be used as a point of reference. It is based on a rider who weighs around 75kg (165lbs.) Actual use will vary depending on your weight, skill level, board size and the wind conditions on the Water or Land. When choosing the Kite size always use common sense and always choose a smaller size if you are not sure, especially when using the kite on land.
Water / Standard-Cloth 14-30 12-27 - - - - Land / Standard-Cloth 10-27 9-24 - - - - Water / Deluxe-Cloth 14-30 11-27 - - - - Land / Deluxe-Cloth 9-27 8-24 - - - - Water / Lotus-Cloth - - 9-26 8-23 6-20 5-18 Land / Lotus-Cloth - - 8-23 7-19 5-17 4-13
// PricesKite (Price in € inc. 19% tax)8.010.012.015.018.021.0
Standard-Cloth (ready to fly) 1399,- 1599,- - - - - Deluxe-Cloth (ready to fly) 1599,- 1799,- - - - - Lotus-Cloth (ready to fly) - - 1999,- 2199,- 2399,- 2599,-
// Test ReportsLinkLanguageAuthorDate
Speed 4 Lotus [de] Kite&Friends Magazine 06/2014 Speed4 Lotus 21.0 m² [en] Johan @ Kiteforum.com 06/2014 Speed4 Lotus 21.0 m² [de] kiteboarding.eu 07/2014 Speed4 Lotus [de] kitejunkie.com 06/2014 Speed4 Lotus 15.0m² [en] Lars @ Flysurfer Norway Facebook Group 04/2014 Speed4 Lotus 15.0m² [fr] Xavier @ Chinook-leucate.com 04/2014 Speed4 Lotus 12.0m² [en] Fred @ Seabreeze.com.au 04/2014 Speed4 Lotus 18.0m² [en] Kitefinder.com 04/2014 Speed4 Lotus 15.0m² [en] Atte Kappel 04/2014 Speed4 Lotus 15.0 & 21.0m² [de] oase.com 03/2014 Speed4 Lotus [en] Board.mag.com 03/2014 Speed4 Lotus 15.0m² [en] Kitefinder.com 03/2014 Speed4 Lotus 21.0m² [en] Lmrutledge 02/2014 Speed4 Lotus 21.0m² [de] Boardway.org / Peter Goldbach 02/2014 Speed4 10.0m² [de] Kitelife Jahrbuch 2014 01/2014 Speed4 Lotus 12.0m² [en] Bas Meerwijk - Kite–Freaks 12/2013 Speed4 Lotus 12.0m² [nl] Bas Meerwijk - Kite–Freaks 12/2013 Speed4 Lotus [es] KiteProki 12/2013 Speed4 Lotus [nl] Versus Kitesurfshop 12/2013 Speed4 Lotus [de] Boardway.org 12/2013 Speed4 Lotus [de] BalticKiteCenter / Sven Schade 12/2013 Speed4 Lotus [de] Kitejunkie.com / Michael Malina 12/2013 Speed4 Lotus
[de] Boardway.org / Peter Goldbach 12/2013 Speed4 8.0 & 10.0m² [en] Frank Holzmann (Youtube Video) 08/2013 Speed4 8.0m²
[en] Kiteforum.com 05/2013 Speed4 8.0m² [en] Kiteforum.com 05/2013 Speed4 8.0 & 10.0m² [de] Kite&Friends Magazine 05/2013 Speed4 10.0m² [en] iksurfmag.com 04/2013 Speed4 [ru] extreme.BY 02/2013 Speed4 10.0m² [en] kitefinder.com 02/2013 Speed4 8.0m² Deluxe-Edition [es] KiteProki 02/2013 Speed4 10.0m² Deluxe-Edition [de] ewigkite.de 01/2013 Speed4 [de] Kitelife Jahrbuch 2013 01/2013 Speed4 8.0 & 10.0m²
[fr] cervolix 11/2012 Speed4 10.0m²
[en] Jori Hämäläinen 11/2012 Speed4 8.0m² [fr] Banjoo on Vimeo 11/2012 Speed4 8.0 & 10.0m²
[en] Phil / mykite.ch 10/2012 Speed4 8.0m² [en] Ted Bautista 10/2012 Speed4 8.0 & 10.0m² [de] Peter Goldbach / boardway.org 10/2012 Speed4 8.0m² [nl] Eddy Lansink / versushop.nl 10/2012