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[*] posted on 1-13-2015 at 07:10 PM
6m Flysurfer Peak2 test report


Yesterday I flew the new 6m Peak2 for 4 hours on a large inland farm field with 6-12" of packed powder, riding skis.

The wind was probably 15-20kts NNE and other kiters were on 12-13m inflatables. I had no issues with this wind range and could have handled a bit more.

I was well powered and keeping up with or passing the inflatables all day.

Compared to the Peak1 6m the new 6m Peak2 turns MUCH faster, goes upwind better, and handles gusts with no problem.

While it has been pointed out in other discussions that, although you can see the pedigree, the Peak2 and Peak1 are very different kites. I loved the Peak1 (and still do) but the Peak2 opens up a whole new set of performance characteristics.

One feature that is most notable is that I am much less concerned with overpower situations since this new Peak 2 depowers nearly 100%...MUCH more than the Peak1. This is awesome because it give a wider comfort range in variable wind conditions.

The stopper ball on the new Peak2 bar is pretty sweet too. It is great to lock it down when riding downwind when you want full power. Riding upwind with it is good too if you want to lock the bar down part way and still ave some sheeting control. If you ride with your finger straddling the centerline it is super easy to adjust the stopper on-the-fly with one hand while controlling the bar with the same hand.

The spinning chicken loop is really smooth and effortless for untwisting lines after looping the kite. This also a great and useful improvement.

The kite turns really fast and bar input is instantaneous...in this respect very different than Peak1. Soemtimes with the Peak1 would grab the leader lines to turn the kite fast, but with the Peak2 the kite can be turned on a dime with the bar only. The Peak2 kite downloops really nicely.

While it's not really a major issue, the Peak1 was remarkable for it' stability when you parked the kite on it's wingtip at the edge of the window. The Peak1 is so docile and will just sit there waiting for your to relaunch it. The Peak2 might tend to collapse more easily if unattended while resting on a wingtip, probably because of the higher aspect ratio of the kite.

Love the colrs and graphics on the Peak2's as well! :cool:

I'll try to post some pics soon.

Good work by the lads at Flysurfer!! :thumbup:

Hoping to fly the 9m Peak2 in some light air tomorrow!








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[*] posted on 1-14-2015 at 05:47 PM


very nice, when I get rich I am going buy 3 or 4. I hope you are feeling better Roberto.
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