Eolo Rasail

POSTED : Sep 19, 2005    3 Comments    Posted under: Kite Review


First kite! I did a bit of practice on a Radsail 3m with some handy scudding experience but found after a couple of hours I was getting a bit bored. So I looked at some options for a cheap entry into kiting, having realised I wanted to be moving along.

My only other experience being witha 5m with no brakes (removed to increase performance!!!!!!!) No idea what it was but it was too big.

Skymonster were doing a deal with the Creek Canyon orangy board thing so I was committed!

Firstly, lets get the bag out of the way as that seems to be the current hobby. ITS A BAG!

Ok, back to the kite, I had read that the handles were a bit cheap and nasty. Personally I have found them Ok. Still working and I found that when I pull one the kite turns so I decided not to be too snobbish about it. I do occasionally get sore fingers where they are around the top strings but I have to be out for three to four hours first.

Setting up was easy, strings were all the right length so I put them on, checked again because it seemed too good to be true and then I was off. It scared the pants off me. My mate davehippy was flying his 3m radsail again, scudding about and I was quite dubious about getting full on into the wind so I kept it to the edge of the window to start with. Its very easy to do this with the kite because it is so manouverable. In fact I was on my board after half an hour.

I parapacked first time after reading about it on this site! so easy! Up and at ‘em in about two minutes.

The board is OK, I found it better to start with then a flexi I tried simply because it doesn’t turn so easily and I was more interested in getting moving and keeping moving. Combined with the kite they are a good match in winds over 10mph. I found it easy to get going, using the kite over to one side of the window and then building my courage and moving it further into the middle of the wind. It does take a lot of moving around to keep the power on other than in very strong winds, so much so that I have it doing figure eights in the air to keep the power on.

At first I could not go across the wind and only moved downwind but now I can tack sometimes, although I always lose ground eventually. This seems to be because it has a narrower window to work in in than say a beamer 3.6 I flew on the same day, or it may be that it needs 30m lines instead of 25m. So I have to have the kite lower and nearer the middle than a better quality kite.

I also have the luffing problem I have read about from other members. As recommended a quick application of the brakes soon bring it around and tweaking one brake as it turns means it will turn very tightly.

There is no pull at the top of the window, in fact it will collapse if it is too high. and has a habit of tucking one end or the other into the middle and then needing an untangle before flight but as I get more used to it I find it easier to catch it. I dont see other kites doing it and I dont do it with other kites so I assume it is a ‘feature’ of the radsail.

When it does collapse it does usually easily catch the wind and reinflate, very often just before it hits the ground. Its very easy to take off upside down and then flip around when it does nosedive

When its staked out it looks like a pile of rags, I found that if is allowed to partially inflate it starts hopping around with a life of its own. I notice more expensive kites will happily sit on the ground with the front edge up and not try to take off like this does.

I have found the radsail to be an OK kite, looking at it from a quality point of view I have no complaints although it does look a bit cheap next to a beamer. After about 20 hours of flying I have found it to be a good starter kite. The strings have stretched a bit so they needed adjustment the other day.

Although I am looking for another now and thinking depowerable because I use the board I would not sell the Radsail. I have noticed other people with the same view. It’s so predictable and easy to control that I have found that when boarding I just keep it further to the edge of the window if it’s blowing a bit. Also when on the beach it was totally predictable.

Overall, am I glad I bought it? Yes. and although it does make me want a bigger one I have not considered Radsail for my next kite. I will buy a smaller one soon for the very windy days though as the 3m is just so much fun and so cheap.

Of course having read all this you may think I haven’t got a clue. You’re probably right! But I am addicted and skip work at any opportunity (not many at the moment but I keep trying!!) just so I can go flying.

Now while I was writing this I noticed the Ozone Access is on sale……… hmmmmm!

By : wibbley

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  • Any one of you with eyes may have spotted I cant spell Radsail!

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  • One point when you land it and its on the floor just take a few paces forward to get more of the kite lay on the floor, then stake it out where you are, I’ve got a 4m samurai and find given the chance it will hop around.

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  • I just got a radsail pro II 4.0 from cobrakites. Nice people and I got it two days faster than expected! We had lots of wind UNTIL I had a power kite to use …I had to wait a week to fly it. Then, a local open field with a 5 to 7 mile an hour wind(often decreasing to zero!)gave me some opportunities: a few good cycles. I have never flown any power kite before and I was not at all confused by the controls or lines. I did read quite a bit about PK’s before flying one though. The aerodynamics of a kite are not hard to understand so it did not seem that four lines should be a big deal. Yet many sellers warn of starting out with a 4 liner. Hmmmm. NO kites are so inexpensive that I would buy a two liner and soon wish I had bought a four line. My initial experience proves my decision to be right. I found out real quick how well this kite pulls as I moved it as quickly as I could through the cernter(at about 2 to 4 o:clock high): a couple of times I kicked in the brakes as the pull kind of surprised me! Again…I have NEVER done this before. I sure had fun with this kite for the total of about 30 minutes airtime I got out of it so far. No jumping or sliding around…but I was soon able to speed and slow and take the kite wherever I wanted it to be. When the wind cycles started to fade I had no problem straightening it and dropping it slowly to the ground into a nice wall for the next cycle. I noticed that the ends tend to flop in on the kite. I may ad a very thin diameter poly rod to keep that from happening(I never leave anything alone!) and it does tend to overfly at the top of the window which I learned to anticipate and brake effectively out of. If so many say the brake lines are too long…and even me a brand newbie noticed that very soon too…it seems Radsails would have got that hint. I wrapped each brake line twice around each’s handle and it made a big difference. I should mention that the way the lines came wound/tied was ridiculous. As I attempted to discover the ‘radsail code’ for the overlength of the brake lines and how they had them wound and tied…the flight lines came off the ends(could have easily been prevented with a rubber band at each end) and I soon ended up with a mass of loop rats that had me going for 45 minutes. I am NOT the guy you want to hand a pile of knots too. I HATE puzzles. I ended up making my own winder and line holder that is better for me. NO WAY can the lines get into the mess that they CAN and DID how they came wound orifinally. During that whole 45 mins of untangling lines…the wind was blowing, of course. Soon as I got done….NOTHING. It started raining! So…actually the first time I actually flew was the SECOND time I went out. Again…I have NO other power kites or kite experience to judge by but I know when I am having fun and I had some even in the short time I got to fly it so far. I really look fwd to going thethe coast or getting some warmer breezier days here. As far as the quality of the kite it seems good to me. It flew very nice and was easy to control. the few issues I noticed(mentioned) I was able to overcome quickly and maintain great control. One time. At the edge of the window I managed to luff and the left end tucked itself all the way through the right bridle and it fell in aheap. But I just grabbed the end and backed it out the same way it went in and in a few moments it was ready to launch again. Even based on the few good pulls I got I can tell this kite will be son excitement in a better wind. It was probably best that I had some lighter and intermittent cycles to introduce myself to the kite…whether flying as ‘fast’ as that little wind would allow…or learning what to do to keep in control when suddenly the wind was GONE. It all happened and I had fun. Lets face it…power kites are EXPENSIVE and it is great that we can get a very decent kite for much less. One of the things that has miffed me about hang gliding and paragliding is that it is so da** expensive to get into that it soon appears as an elitist sport/mentality. Big turnoff. I know! I hope that does not happen to Power kiting! Because there is really no need for it. I have been very interested in power kites for some time. Watched all the Youtube vids over and over…read a WHOLE LOT on the I-net. Evenso I would not have spent 400 to$800 on a power kite. I liked what I read about Radsails and I know I will have loads of fun with this! Maybe someday I will spend bigger bucks on a ‘paraglider quality’ PK. I am happy that it is not necessary for me to do so. I am 6 ft and 195 pounds…so I knew I would need at least the 4.0 to do what I hope to do as I progress. NOTHING in that size or up is very cheap. I have owned/flown several hang gliders and had a used paraglider that I tried kiting(never got further due to time/$$ constraints)so it is ironic and yet cool as well that I am excited about a little bag with a power kite in it!!! Ha! Power kiting seems so much more accessible. No wonder it is gaining so much popularity everywhere. I look forward to flying this thing any chance I get. Then maybe…a board…or a buggy. I remember the FIRST day I ever flew a kite of any kind as a kid. I was mesmerized! I have that feeling again with my own power kite! These things are extremely cool.

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