Airush 2016 - the new thread and the new kite - UNION

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Against last years varial X...
they are completely different. More range, faster (turning and airspeed), better feedback, more power round corners, more responsive, much lighter bar pressure..
It's true that last years had more grunt, more power at slow speeds per M2, but it can be argued that with increased speed round corners, increased speed and efficiency through the air, that a good rider on an efficient board can make the Union go much earlier, and certainly upwind earlier than the 2015 VX.
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Mike,

What's the difference wave riding wise between the Union and the Wave?

Also what's the improvements on the 2016 Wave to the '14's?

Cheers

Mike
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^^ read the whole thread now, so got the gist, but anymore info welcome.

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2016 wave has slightly more pike and better drift so I'm told... 9m and down-over are virtually the same, with new frame, and other minor construction tweaks.
What is most interesting for folk who love the Wave is that the Union is a continuation of this style, feel and athleticism of kite right up to 14, so you could easily do 14m Union 9m wave..
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Thanks Mike, I have only used 9m or less last 5 yrs and the Waves 9,7,5 last 2 yrs. as I only bother going to Camber if it's 20mph+ I am thinking of reducing my quiver to 8 and 6m, as with 23 and 19m lines I'd be covered.

So just interested the the relative range of the Union compared to the Waves as well as the turning differences. I was going to go for Waves but just interested in your view now the Union is in the mix. Plus how much longer is the Unions bridle?

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mike dubs wrote:So just interested the the relative range of the Union compared to the Waves as well as the turning differences.
The range on the Union is bigger. More bottom end if you can cash in on the efficiency of the kite..
More top end as the the kite is higher aspect and has a slightly flatter foil..
Turning - Handling is very good, but your standard are high with the wave.
Almost as direct, but the wave will drive a faster more powered turn if your talking hooked aggressive turns...
mike dubs wrote:Plus how much longer is the Unions bridle?
It's not short, but then it's not that much longer than the wave, but then, size for size the kite is longer and thinner.

There is a lot of talk about the negativity of longer bridles, their lack of direct feel, and their tendency to "wrap"
That said - we have looked at both and stand by the following;

- the longer bridle is only in-direct if you don't design it right - and we have - the wave 9m is a prime example.
- the longer brindle is only ever an extension to the flying line, and there is no bridle on the trailing edge anyway, so the fact is, if you wrap your kite, your wrap your kite - the bridle is only the same as (an extension of) flying line and wether it has a bridle, or not, the kite stands as much chance of wrapping wether it's config is direct or not...

- Lastly the V4 bridle is a work of art when it comes to positive direct handling RIGHT THROUGH the depower range. If you have a kite that steers differently on full power as it does on full depower (and be truthful with yourself here) then it is not a good bridle. The Wave and Union turn just as well, feel just the same, at the very limits of their depower as they do with the bar sheeted in to your chest...
First thing you notice when over powered on these kites is that the bar hits the stop, nothing in the handling will alert you before this...
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Thanks Mike, as soon as you can get a smallish demo kite to the boys at Camber I'll give it a go.

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mike dubs wrote:Thanks Mike, as soon as you can get a smallish demo kite to the boys at Camber I'll give it a go.

Mike
pref for 6 or 9m?
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Don't mind Mike, whatever you've got, 6,7,8 or 9m is fine.

I'll be down riding tomorrow am so will see the boys.

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A short Video made by Gleiten (.de) from the Costa Brava meeting where Clinton talks us through the load frame tech.
It's a unique and expensive technical advantage Airush holds, and though probably sick of hearing me go on and on about it, this is eloquent explanation of how it works..


[bbvideo=640,360]http://vimeo.com/141147267[/bbvideo]
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Update – 12/9/6m all tested.

So I’ve had a fair bit of time on the 12m, the 9m and one session on the 6m Unions now. They all share the same traits as in handling and feel and contrary to one of the magazine reviews they are light at the bar, responsive, fast and offer great feedback.

I mentioned in my initial review that the 12m shuts itself off at about 80% of the depower throw and the canopy luffs and there is a bit of flutter. This seem to be inherent to all sizes, although maybe far more noticeable on the 12m with more cloth, and I think integral to the design. However, what I have noticed is that this happens more in the low to medium power situations and when the wind picks up everything just seems to tighten up. This means in that medium to especially high powers you do use the whole depower throw and the canopy remains taught throughout – like some sort of adaptive profile?

The 12m – setup light on LE and medium at back line attachment (one away from very tip). It‘s fast, maybe not just as fast as the 2014 VX but it is a lot like this kite and that was an absolute corker. It has some excellent jumping ability – the speed through window and responsiveness mean you can actually get some good vertical height on it. Float is good – not delta-like, but the balance of height and hang-time is just right and I’m not a fan of larger kites that give float over lift. When super powered on it goes massive and long – you really should be on a 9m but the 12m will let you stay out as it’s very responsive to edging to depower so you can get away with it (I never use trim – if I need to trim it’s time to change down). You can also crank it round pretty fast for down-loop landings and in many respects it behave like other 9m kites – use whip to get great height, hang about then swing under an forward with a down-loop to ride out opposite tack like a boss. Unhooked it’s good with a gradual build-up of power with no spike like last year’s VX and it’s just very stable and well behaved so I found it very easy to do my limited repertoire of unhooked tricks on.

The 9m – setup the same as the 12m. I gave my thoughts on this previous but to recap it is very responsive and I know it’s a 9m but it’s like fly by wire and it goes where and does exactly what you want it to do. Give the 9m some wind and it is a jumping machine – super easy to get good height on with is forward speed and feedback. Use input to make it go round corners fast, or limit it for some great pull through the loop and it’s all very intuitive without over thinking i.e. I decide how I want to land very late and can use redirection and sheeting to land normally, crank it for a tight down-loop to toe-side and head off other direction, or one of my favourites is that because I’ve went quite far and coming in close to someone let the loop give little pull to land downwind of them – awesome!

The 6m – setup high on the LE and medium at back lines but flown on the smaller bar setting. When I got to the beach it was about 30mph, which is usually 9m territory for me, but with it due to pickup I pumped the 6m. I was surprised that I could not only get going, but that upwind was no problem and jumps were OK. It’s a 6m so obviously fast and I moved it one quicker from stock as I like fast kites, but it’s also incredibly precise. I had a bit of a head cold and not feeling 100% but I never had to think about it or look for it – I knew where it was and what it was doing. Later as the wind picked up to around 40mph it really came alive and like the other sizes everything just tightens up and you can use the whole range of the depower throw. Jumping was very good with great height and OK hang for a 6m – not as good as last year’s 6m VX float wise and generally not as much ‘poke’ as that kite, but like the other Unions it has a much more refined ‘sportier’ feel to it.

Overall they have the same feel and characteristics across the sizes and more so than other kites in the range or in previous years. I suppose this is due to the tweaks in shape across the individual sizes and not simply sizing up or down from the ‘money’ kite. They are certainly not as technical to fly as the 2014 VX and are more advanced than last year’s for sure. Most people would really enjoy it; however I reckon to eke the absolute best from it you need to understand how a kite fly’s and why it behaves in a certain way with input at the bar, depowering it (not trimming) and use of edging skills. If you appreciate and understand these things then you will really like this kite, if you want to learn more about these things then it’s a great kite to do so and if you have good intermediate skills and just want to rock up to the beach and have fun then it will work just as well for you also.
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Union vs Dice vs Bandit

In France they like to put numbers on things, and that suits us, for our numbers seem to be higher than everyone elses. Nationalistic pride aside, brand preference aside, if you score each kite at specific things, the one that has the most points is the winner, right?
Well, I'd like to think so...
And so it comes to pass that the new Union just pushed it's way past the North Dice and the Bandit from F-One.

Nice to see that the critics agree with what I thought a few months ago. As a kite designed for the high level multidiscipline category the Union is a very, very impressive bit of kit... Also I'd say that while this test is looking at the performance of the thing, we have not even mentioned the build quality...

Had I mentioned the load frame to you yet??
...please stop me if I have...
;-)

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The New Union..
Boosting 5/5
Freeride 3/3
Wave Riding 2/3
New School 2/3

The 2016 North Dice
Boosting 4/5
Freeride 3/3
Wave Riding 3/3
New School 1/3

The 2016 F-One Bandit
Boosting 5/5
Freeride 3/3
Wave Riding 2/3
New School 1/3
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Welcome Anthar to the Airush international team.
Watch this video, he's 15 years old and absolutely rips!

[bbvideo=853,480]http://vimeo.com/145340534[/bbvideo]

“We have been following Anthar in his progress since his father sent
me a video when he was 9 years old. Anthar is by far the youngest
rider we have had in recent years under the Airush International team
program. His riding is insane and landing some tricks in heats before
the top 5 freestylers have! Each session he has been logging in new
tricks and with a bit more time and focus on certain aspects of his
riding, it’s pretty clear he will be ready for the main stage soon.”
says Airush Team Manager, Marc Schmid.
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a polite request.

could someone at the factory please shorten the rear line pig tails on the 7m Union.

Whilst I accept that it means the kite will fly perfectly unhooked for being a rad freestyler it is a tad uncomfortable to loose all sense of control and steering when a decent way up in the air.

the landing had a certain slap to it! ;)

Many thanks to Dan at 24-7 for getting me back out with the loan of the Union and a Pinbot after a minor LE disaster on my own kite!

It certainly throws you up there but it definitely felt different to the 9m that I tried at the Shoreham kite event which was really nice
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