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[*] posted on 1-3-2018 at 01:01 PM
Gin enters the monoskin world


With the 4, 6, 9, 12m Shaman






video: https://www.ginkites.com/videos/products/

Product info: https://www.ginkites.com/product/shaman-snowkite-freeride/

And if history is an indicator of the future... it's probably not coming to America anytime soon :(




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[*] posted on 1-3-2018 at 04:11 PM


Do you know if they killed off the Eskimo? It's not listed on their site any more. That would be a shame.

Has anyone flown a Shaman yet? How does it compare to the Peak or the Long Star?

Was out with my 14m today, but unfortunately less than no wind... beach was pretty in all it's stillness, though. Calm before the storm tonight.




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[*] posted on 1-3-2018 at 05:54 PM


I'm actually surprised they released a mono skin and wouldn't be surprised if the Eskimo line was dead. They've spent much more money on their tube kites and water side of the business than anything else and when Gin was closed/sold/bought they originally lost the rights to the Eskimo name but then re-obtained it. IMO, everything after the 3 series was a step backwards. That series only needed a minor tweak to the rear bridle or leaders and it was perfect. I do see they've incorporated some of the 4 series Eskimo in the Shaman. It looks super stable which is no surprise as Gin has always offered a solid canopy but we'll have to see what the Euros say. I have a contact in Germany who snow kites and has spent time demoing the new Gin gear as it comes out. I will ask if he's had any experience. I wish they had a US presence but they have all but abandoned this market. They were always an affordable, high performance alternative to Ozone for me but not any more given the import fees.



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[*] posted on 1-3-2018 at 07:57 PM


Ya, its too bad its so hard for some of these smaller companies to have a presence in the US. I think its good to have fresh minds and perspectives involved pushing the sport forward.

Some of the stuff I've been seeing with the Shaman looks like they made a pretty sweet kite. Take a look at this video:

https://vimeo.com/249196751





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[*] posted on 1-3-2018 at 09:29 PM


Look at the way it turns, end on end, no folding of the canopy. I can tell instinctively that this is a good kite.
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[*] posted on 1-4-2018 at 10:20 AM


I saw that too - those turns looked more like a FB. In this video (turn on CC if you don't speak french) https://vimeo.com/243502533 he talks about the wingtips being closed cell so they don't collapse. Novel idea. Add a little of that to the LE and you have a single surface water kite (ala Monjet). Born also did something to fix the flapping (I forget whether it was battens or bridles), and Peak markets the flapping as a feature (kidding!).





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[*] posted on 1-4-2018 at 11:35 AM


Flysurfer has some competition :o No wing flapping is definitely an upgrade along with the design.

Wonder how the lift is on the Shaman compared to the Peak?
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[*] posted on 1-4-2018 at 11:43 AM


When I first started flying the peak I did not like the flapping. I think that is because I did not understand it. I Buggy with my peak on a regular basis. By regular, I mean, I live two miles from the beach and Buggy weekly. Once you learn to control the flapping. It can be a great asset. It allows the wing to distort their by spilling the air pressure underneath. Essentially dropping off a majority of the load. BUT. You have to learn to control the flapping. With the Shaman being able to better maintain its shape I am curious if it is able to unload as much. After a little research they are the same AR and very similar PA. So it should be very similar in performance to a Peak. It will be interesting to see what people have to say as more of these hit the market.



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[*] posted on 1-4-2018 at 12:59 PM


I could also see the flapping being useful for feedback the same way a sailboat sail luffs.

Seems like the trend is trying to build a single surface that acts like a double surface. Less material and work, so less expensive (so far) - makes a lot of sense if you can get close to the performance of a double surface.

I'm super happy with the kites I have now, but the whole single surface thing sure is interesting. Back when I was hang gliding, single surface were pretty much relegated to beginners. I don't know if that's still true now, but that certainly doesn't seem to be the case with these kites. I'm also looking forward to seeing regular joes riding these. The guys in the videos could fly a dumpster and make it look cool.




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[*] posted on 1-4-2018 at 01:39 PM



Quote: Originally posted by jeffnyc  
I could also see the flapping being useful for feedback the same way a sailboat sail luffs.

Seems like the trend is trying to build a single surface that acts like a double surface. Less material and work, so less expensive (so far) - makes a lot of sense if you can get close to the performance of a double surface.

I'm super happy with the kites I have now, but the whole single surface thing sure is interesting. Back when I was hang gliding, single surface were pretty much relegated to beginners. I don't know if that's still true now, but that certainly doesn't seem to be the case with these kites. I'm also looking forward to seeing regular joes riding these. The guys in the videos could fly a dumpster and make it look cool.


PKF members that know me and my postings know I'm one of the bedsheet chimps in the Monkey House. Where SS versus dual skin kites seem to shine in my book is primarily for three reasons. First, they are awesome (particularly in their large sizes) as low wind engines. They tend to get off the ground with minimal ground level wind and can be often be kept aloft during wind lulls with some creative flying more so than their size matched heavier cousins in the dual skin world. Second, they pack up smaller and lighter than size matched dual skin kites.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, they are just flat out way cooler than the more common dual skin kites. I mean, anybody can own and fly a dual skin kite, but it really takes someone special to own and fly SS. :moon:




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[*] posted on 1-4-2018 at 02:38 PM


lets stop this nonsense...
there is nothing inherently cool about a SS...i could go on but thats not like me
of course...always fly what you like, anything

that said...and me being mostly fb
i kinda never have my bar pulled in as much as that??? it was like the the whole ride ??
I'm not knocking anything here...jusayin, maybe I'm doing this all wrong??




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[*] posted on 1-4-2018 at 06:02 PM


I just think all kites matter.





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[*] posted on 1-4-2018 at 06:08 PM


Quote: Originally posted by abkayak  
lets stop this nonsense...
there is nothing inherently cool about a SS...


I knew you would take this bait! The truth of the matter is I'm flat out just not tough enough to fly FB like you.




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[*] posted on 1-5-2018 at 01:32 PM


Hey guys, remember when the Peaks came out and we were all speculating on what would come next?
Well here they are. The gauntlet was thrown and technology responds with new and different.




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[*] posted on 1-12-2018 at 02:03 AM


I probably should say something here ...... hmmmm... goog kite .... very good kite .....

Now , seriously , I am actually thinking about getting one or two for snowkiting trips , my friend call Gin and may be getting set instead of peaks . I will ask him what it was that help him with that decission .




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