I have been out of the kiting game for a while.
I was looking at the new Rev range and notice everything is missing, then JB has left them, then Bazza has set up on his own.
The reflex - are they just aiming at beginners now or is this a serious bit of kit?
The Reflex is a serious offering and they are also staging a 1.5 version of it for near release in the future.. Possibly to line up with the opening in the line-up from the B Series Departure,,
While Rev is touting the Reflex as a Beginner (and it is very easy to learn on.) kite,it flies differently enough that you'll still have to learn how to fly a Rev.. The reflex is almost too forgiving.. It's also pricier than the rest of their lineup AND the frames and connectors are different.. Not interchangeable with other Revs. You break a rod you have to order since most shops don't have a ready supply of Reflex Rods.. Kind of like trying to find a replacement rod for your Zen or a Rev I.. Just not a plentiful.. Recent issues with the Green Trimmed rods haven't helped the case for the quality we've come to expect from them..
There's enough info that can be read between the lines if you look close enough at the Rev offerings and happenings right now that I'll not voice my opinions other than to say, I welcome the offerings of competitors, as competition can only benefit the consumer.. Good on Bazzer and I wish him the best.. I'll own a Phoenix sooner or later. Love the look and I have to try one. Good on OSK for taking the initiative and offering a viable alternative (Freilein) at a much more reasonable price point... I've got 4 of theirs on the way now. (just begging to be stacked) The exclusivity Rev enjoyed for many years is gone. There are other options now at lower price points that continue to innovate in design and materials (Freilein). The competition may just open quad line flying up to those new to the sport and without such a steep up front investment. I hope Rev survives as they did blaze the trail. I just hope they innovate instead of burning bridges. It's not about the patent, it's about the Kites!