Itís been a year since the start of this project and the goals have been largely met. A favorite set of kites has been replaced and the freestyle capabilities enhanced without losing the essence of what made it a favorite kite to start. The kite is not perfect but certainly very good.
Ken McNeill has offered much sage advice. Some of the best was to ďmake the kite, you most want to fly.Ē For me the Enigma is that kite and a tribute to the thousands of kites Ken has designed and built and yet to build for all of us to enjoy. Thank you Ken!
The testers offered much feedback and helped improve several aspects of the build and final settings. Their involvement has been one of the best parts of the project. One tester described the kite as a capable serious recreational kite. Iím a serious recreational flyer so that fits.
Iíd like to think the kite is ďseriously capableĒ but that remains to be seen. I will do well to fly to its ability.
As mentioned the Enigma is not a trick monster and unlikely to show up in a Virtual Freestyle video. It is a larger slower paced wind efficient kite that is fun to fly. It is the kite to take to that deserted island if you can only take one. Iíd take the Std or the HV to start. Add the UL then the SUL if you can take a few. Add a Psycho and a bag of Revs if space permits. Donít forget a couple SLKs to color the sky, a power foil to drag you down the beach, and a gliderÖ.
Several have asked about the future plans for the kite. There are no plans at this point.
While much has changed, the kite is a derivative of the Exile and subject to that copyright. The sail profile has changed, panel layout changed, framing changed, fitting locations changed, standoff geometry changed. More has changed than some Nirvana clones
Interesting trivia, after all the tweaking and testing, the bridle measurements are the same between the two kites.
The high end sport kite market is small and saturated. Many great kites are already available. Several builders have been around for a long time making a living with kites and deserve your patronage: KenM, JonT, TimB, Lam, etc. It is hard to make a living with kiting.
The Enigma has taught me much. Iíve sewn fifty or so sails now and each one gets just a little better with the experience. The project will lead to others Iím sure. Devinís Monolith is an exciting opportunity as it ramps up.
I will likely always be a small home builder. It would be great if the hobby can become self-sustaining but no plans to quit the day job and always looking for loose change to stuff in the R&D finance jar.
Itís going to be a great flying season. Iím ready