Just wondering if anyone's tried the new Enduro and what there thoughts are???
I have 11m V3 and have tried 7m and 9m V3s. I can compare these to my 9m Enduro V2 and my 7m Switchblade - I do not find major differences between V2 and V3, both are the best kites I have flown so far. The 11m V3 feels amazing compared to my 10m Switchblade and Contra 13m - far more direct and responsive, zero backstall, fast turning, predictable and low powered loops. I am really happy with it to replace the 10m Switchie.
As for the direct comparison Enduro V3 7m vs Switchblade 7m - they both are great kites, it is hard to say one is better. The Enduro is faster, lighter, more playful and needs to be actively flown. While Switchie is more "park & ride" kite, jumps are loftier, loops are slower and way more powered.
The V3 features an improved, higher volume one pump system, which so far is better than the V2's one pump - you can deflate the kite faster and easier as the hose connections between LE and struts do not get twisted and jammed. Material is triple ripstop(both canopy and dacron), there is patch on the canopy over the inflate valve, that protects it from abrasion(similar to Duotone, etc.).
All in all - same great Enduro feeling, slight improvements here and there. Have yet to see how all holds up long term.
Cheers Zlatko for the detailed review, it sounds good. I've still got the V1's, so I'm due for an upgrade.
I've flown my 10M demo twice now up here in Lennox. First session was unperpowered but noticed it was more stable and had a more powerful turn, this was in the freeride setting. I've got an 11m and 14M V2 Enduro and a quiver of Reo V5's, Alphas 8/14 and Edge V10 11m, Zephyr V6, I'm the Ozone distributor.
Next session was a powered downwinder. I put the kite on the surf/wave setting, no depower but was on the limit. The kite is not a Reo, but damn its close for drifting, turns are a bit wider but still fine for waves, slightly higher bar pressure than a 10m Reo, slightly longer depower throw too. Canopy has less flutter when turning onto a wave and flying the kite across the window. Overall the kite feels more responsive and reactive, smoother than V2 and flies quicker. I prefer not to ride the 11m V2 in waves as I find it too slow compared to my 10 or 12 Reos. My 14M is the biggest kite I tend to use on a surfboard and am very keen to get hold of a 14M V3 demo.
One pump system was overdue for an upgrade and this one is excellent, very well engineered high flow valves that do not kink when inflating or deflating. Ozone has managed to make the holes for the one pump valves the same as all previous kites and there are plans to release a one pump upgrade kit for all previous models.
Canopy cloth is triple ripstop by Teijin and the leading edge material is also a triple ripstop and also from Teijin. Ozone is claiming the canopy and leading edge materials are stronger and stiffer which I think is quite noticeable.
Bag is lightweight with a mesh section to allow the kite to dry and not sweat inside a humid kite bag, similar backpack design with bar holder on one side and pump on the other.
I'm actually thinking to sell my Reo V5 10m and use the Enduro V3 10 to fill that hole in my quiver.
The 10m weighed in brand new at 2.67kgs
Has anyone flown both the Enduro and the North Reach? Two do- it- all kites with quite different wingtip shapes. Especially curious about par pressure comparison. Thanks.
Just picked up and tried my Enduro V3 11m today, its a beast! Fast, stable, light (good drift, really hard to hindenberg), and a good umpf when you need it!
Good to hear you liked it @WhiteofHeart! :) I personally was amazed how good did the 11m V3 felt when flying it. I had few sessions with it that I can rate as best for me this past season. Currently I am not sure if I don't like it better than my 9m V2! :)