In the previous post, we talked about the kite boards, the different types, characteristics and their differences according to use. The other important element is the kite, so we have prepared this post so that you know the types of kites we have available and their key points to choose the right one, depending on the use.
The main variable of the kite is its size. Depending on the wind conditions and our personal characteristics, we will select one size or another, since obviously a 60 kg person with 25 knot wind will not use the same kite as a 90 kg person and a 15 knot wind. In the first case it could be for example a kite of 6-7 m while in the other it would be a kite of 12 or 14 m.
But in addition to the size of the comet, there are other variables depending on the use we are going to give it. The leading edge, the profile, the ribs or the lines will be decisive for a positive navigation experience. Using the wide range of Duotone kites we will see which one you have to select according to freeride, freestyle or any other variant, depending on the characteristics.
Parts of the kitLeading edge: It is the front arc of the kite and is the main element when making a kite more open or closed, that is, more type BOW (greater separation between the ends) or type C (less separation), going through the intermediates, hybrid calls.
Type C kites respond earlier to changes in direction and power, making them ideal for more radical styles such as freestyle.
BOW kites make a more controlled wind management, so they are ideal to start in the world of kite because they allow greater control while increasing the margin for error.
Hybrid kites are located between both types, and depending on the design of the same, they will be more focused on freestyle or freeride.
Keep in mind that a thick leading edge will give the kite more consistency against the wind, but it will penalize its aerodynamics, while a thinner edge will make the kite flex slightly with the wind
Battens: are the elements that give solidity to the structure of the kite. They cover the surface of this from the leading edge to the trailing edge, they are inflatable just like the leading edge. A greater number of battens will make the kite more consistent when facing gusty wind, although it will increase stiffness and weight, so we will have to have more wind at a greater number of battens, in addition to the kite's mobility will be smaller.
Lines: For many years the kites are 4 or 5 lines, that is, they come standard in four lines, but you can add the fifth. The lines are the strings that keep us attached to the kite and transfer the movements from the bar, so we control and direct it, we control the power and we relaunch it in case of falling into the water.
The 4 lines are especially recommended for beginners, since the 5 line kites, although they are easier to remove and relaunch, require greater experience in use and can be transferred from benefit to harm according to the experience of the kiter. The 5th line is mostly mounted on kites dedicated to freestyle, although it is not reserved for this type only.
Kites according to use:These three characteristics that we have seen are the main ones of any comet, especially in aesthetic terms, since it is easy to distinguish its shape, structure and number of lines. But all of them are subject to two factors: the wind, the key element of our sport, which makes a kite useful (or not) in certain conditions, and the type of navigation, since here the level of the rider comes into play as the use that it will make of the kite. Using the wide range of Duotone kites, we will see which model is focused for each use, and why.
Kites for Freeride (FR): The queen of freeride in Duotone is the Rebel. This kite was redesigned for use with 4 lines, with a reduced leading edge and a profile of the flattest central shape, so that the handling and jump of the kite is improved, since the lift is very high and It was an atribute already achieved, which makes it the number one option in FR. Therefore this redesign made it a more dynamic kite with greater speed in the turn. It has five battens to keep the kite's body stable even in very gusty winds, and you can also use it with 5 lines if you prefer.
If you like the FR but you don't give up freestyle and do some tricks, then the perfect option is the Evo, one of the most versatile kites in the market, which captivates you as you use it. The FR has excellent behavior, with its 3 battens that make it slightly lighter than the Rebel, so that its mobility is improved, so you will even dare to surf with it. In short, the Evo is a kite for everything, with which to face new challenges and that puts the possibility of experiencing another type of navigation within the reach of any mid-level rider.
Kites for Freestyle (FS): For FS we can clearly distinguish two options according to the level of the rider. If you practice tricks in a smooth way and at the same time you like to surf, the best option is the Duotone Dice, which has an incredible pop ability and an amazing slack to perform tricks, thanks among other things to a thick leading edge which avoids any torsion in hard wind conditions. It has a large drift capacity and its response in both onshore and offshore winds will allow you to surf with total security noticing at all times how the kite pulls you. The lightweight Delta type profile combined with the wing end design makes it the perfect kite for a comfortable FS that allows the rider to evolve progressively.
But if you like the FS radical, then the option you should take is the Duotone Vegas. It is the one chosen by the majority of members of the Duotone Kiteboarding team, such as Aaron Hadlow, to execute maneuvers that for most mortals people are almost impossible. It is a 100% type C kite with a very rigid five battens structure that offers impressive pop and brutal elevation. It is very predictable in handling tricks despite its radical design, but where this kite stands out is especially in the unhooked navigation, since it has been designed to generate a tension loosening of lines that allows performing tricks with total ease. It has the 5th tensioned line to offer a great response in handling, with or without power reduction, in addition to a direct and present feeling in the bar.
Kites for Foil: If you are determined to jump into the kite foil, you should know that Duotone has a specific range of foil boards, but as for the kite, it is clear, to start in foil the model is Juice. It is the perfect one for it since it is designed to navigate in very weak wind conditions and to be able to use your kite foil board almost any day. In addition, the good thing about Juice is that despite having different measures, its wind range is similar, the variation depends on the characteristics of the rider.
In short, we could say that Juice combines the navigation qualities of a Rebel with the mobility of a Dice, since with only three battens, it maintains constant tension in navigation while responding immediately in turns. A success, without a doubt, if you want to enter the foil world.
Another option valid for foil, without being of such exclusive use in this modality, is the Mono model. This single batten kite does not have a specific use, although it is valid for many situations. It is light and simple, with the quality of Duotone, which makes it a fantastic all terrain with surprising handling. Highly recommended for beginner riders since it is capable of flying with a light breeze and super simple to relaunch.
Wave Kites: A kite with an excellent drift is needed in wave kitesurfing. Before we named the Dice in the FS section, but if you are looking for a specific wave kite, that is the Duotone Neo. Simply saying that it is the one used by Duotone Airton Cozzolino and Matchu Lopes riders in their surf sessions, it is already a compelling argument. But we will add that the Neo shows you its full potential when you do carving with gentle turns while abrupt changes of direction on the crest of the wave. It is the kite that responds well on any occasion. The Neo kite has a special flexion area integrated into the leading edge, which allows greater twisting in the turns increasing its responsiveness and making navigation faster and more dynamic, as you can see if you see Matchu or Airton sailing with She on the Strapless World Tour.
Additionally, the Neo offers adjustable front flange to change the kite to a more freeride type configuration, as well as the option of 4 or 5 lines, according to your experience. In this kite it is advisable to take a smaller size than usual since its design and response will compensate for the difference, remember it!
This is a general summary of certain aspects that you should consider if you plan to buy a kite, as well as a small recommendation within the Duotone range.
Finally, we remind you that Duotone kites are made with Trinity TX 3x2 fabric, exclusive to the brand, which has demonstrated its superiority over other materials in terms of resistance and dynamism. Its combination of 3x2 fibres offers the best performance and strength, well above other alternatives of 2x2 or 4x4 fibres.
The Trinity TX 3x2 is designed to stand the test of time. They have anti-snag that prevents the lines from becoming entangled at the end of the kite, Fusion Strut that allows greater control over the distribution of forces between the batten and the leading edge. The battens are fully connected to the leading edge, made of Dracon material with self-adhesive Insignia tape and additional double stitching, with a flexible Dyneema line, which produces a greater tension of the body of the kite and a cleaner profile.
All these additional features, makes the Duotone be considered as the best kites in the market today. In fact, if you use one, you won't want another brand. If you want to try them, contact us directly by clicking here, and we will contact you to establish a Duotone material test.
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