• Speed4

Speed4 Lotus 12.0 – 21.0m²

// 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!

// Uniqueness

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

 

Features

// Speed4 Lotus – Features

Spee4-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

// 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-Produktlinie

 

Speed4 8.0 & 10.0m²

// 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.

Simplicity

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.

Innovation

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.

Technical renewals:

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.

Supplementary information

The control bar for these small Speeds is the current Infinity 2.0 Bar in 50cm. The Infinity 2.0 Bar impresses with the easy and safe 2.0 Quick Release and it’s 100% untwisting function.

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.

Speed4 Gear GuideWe 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 Data

// Technical Data

Kite
Speed4 8.0
Speed4 10.0
Speed4 Lotus 12.0
Speed4 Lotus 15.0
Speed4 Lotus 18.0
Speed4 Lotus 21.0
Lotus Cloth--Speed4 Lotus 12.0
grass green
Speed4 Lotus 15.0
sunny yellow
Speed4 Lotus 18.0
cyan
Speed4 Lotus 21.0
gold
Standard ClothSpeed4 Standard size 8.0Speed4 Standard size 10.0----
Deluxe-ClothSpeed4 Deluxe-Edition 8.0Speed4 Deluxe-Edition 10.0----
Area (m²)8.010.012.015.018.021.0
Area (projected)6.48.010.212.815.317.9
Surface Ratio65...80%65...80%70…85%70…85%70…85%70…85%
change of the projected size when powering up23%23%21%21%21%21%
Aspect Ratio4.854.855.85.85.85.8
Cells292939393939
Line length (m)212121212121(+6)
"Kite only" weight in kg (=canopy + complete bridle + mixer) - Lotus cloth2.32.73.23.7
Depth of the profile (cm)144161167187205221
Span in cm (flat size) 62369683192910181100
Line Plan
Line Plan Speed4 8.0Line Plan Speed4 10.0Line Plan Speed4 10.0Line Plan Speed4 10.0Line Plan Speed4 10.0Line Plan Speed4 10.0
Manual
Speed4 Gear GuideSpeed4 Gear GuideSpeed4 Lotus Gear GuideSpeed4 Lotus Gear GuideSpeed4 Lotus Gear GuideSpeed4 Lotus Gear Guide

// 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.

Kite
8.0
10.0
12.0
15.0
18.0
21.0
Water / Standard-Cloth14-3012-27----
Land / Standard-Cloth10-279-24----
Water / Deluxe-Cloth14-3011-27----
Land / Deluxe-Cloth9-278-24----
Water / Lotus-Cloth--9-268-236-205-18
Land / Lotus-Cloth--8-237-195-174-13

// Prices

Kite (Price in € inc. 19% tax)
8.0
10.0
12.0
15.0
18.0
21.0
Standard-Cloth (ready to fly)1399,-1599,-----
Deluxe-Cloth (ready to fly)1599,-1799,-----
Lotus-Cloth (ready to fly)--1999,-2199,-2399,-2599,-

 

Test Reports

// Test Reports

Link
Language
Author
Date
Speed4 Lotus 15.0m² [fr]Xavier @ Chinook-leucate.com04/2014
Speed4 Lotus 12.0m² [en]Fred @ Seabreeze.com.au04/2014
Speed4 Lotus 18.0m² [en]Kitefinder.com04/2014
Speed4 Lotus 15.0m² [en]Atte Kappel04/2014
Speed4 Lotus 15.0 & 21.0m² [de]oase.com03/2014
Speed4 Lotus[en]Board.mag.com03/2014
Speed4 Lotus 15.0m²[en]Kitefinder.com03/2014
Speed4 Lotus 21.0m²[en]Lmrutledge02/2014
Speed4 Lotus 21.0m²[de]Boardway.org / Peter Goldbach02/2014
Speed4 10.0m²[de]Kitelife Jahrbuch 201401/2014
Speed4 Lotus 12.0m²[en]Bas Meerwijk - Kite–Freaks12/2013
Speed4 Lotus 12.0m²[nl]Bas Meerwijk - Kite–Freaks12/2013
Speed4 Lotus[es]KiteProki12/2013
Speed4 Lotus[nl]Versus Kitesurfshop12/2013
Speed4 Lotus[de]Boardway.org 12/2013
Speed4 Lotus[de]BalticKiteCenter / Sven Schade12/2013
Speed4 Lotus[de]Kitejunkie.com / Michael Malina12/2013
Speed4 Lotus
[de]Boardway.org / Peter Goldbach12/2013
Speed4 8.0 & 10.0m²[en]Frank Holzmann (Youtube Video)08/2013
Speed4 8.0m²
[en]Kiteforum.com05/2013
Speed4 8.0m²[en]Kiteforum.com05/2013
Speed4 8.0 & 10.0m²[de]Kite&Friends Magazine05/2013
Speed4 10.0m²[en]iksurfmag.com04/2013
Speed4 [ru]extreme.BY02/2013
Speed4 10.0m²[en]kitefinder.com02/2013
Speed4 8.0m² Deluxe-Edition[es]KiteProki02/2013
Speed4 10.0m² Deluxe-Edition[de]ewigkite.de01/2013
Speed4[de]Kitelife Jahrbuch 201301/2013
Speed4 8.0 & 10.0m²
[fr]cervolix11/2012
Speed4 10.0m²
[en]Jori Hämäläinen11/2012
Speed4 8.0m²[fr]Banjoo on Vimeo11/2012
Speed4 8.0 & 10.0m²
[en]Phil / mykite.ch10/2012
Speed4 8.0m²[en]Ted Bautista10/2012
Speed4 8.0 & 10.0m²[de]Peter Goldbach / boardway.org10/2012
Speed4 8.0m²[nl]Eddy Lansink / versushop.nl10/2012