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Author Topic: Enigma by Steve Tapp (First Impressions)  (Read 220 times)
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« on: November 16, 2014, 06:02 PM »

17 photos here:  https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2014Kites

Finally, wind.

This isn't a full review, more observations.

It was a freezingly cold 61°F (16°C) afternoon. Winds from 3 to 15 mph and bumpy.

Stream of consciousness review follows:

The kite is very well made (you'd have to get nitpicky to mention anything).

The Enigma can be anything you want, from radical trickster to fairly precise ballet.

With the ShapeShifter™ standoff to the outward position, the kite is in precision mode.

It is silent to 8mph, then a noise switch kicks in (very cool). At about 12 mph the

the wingtips started to shudder.

With the ShapeShifter standoff to the inside, the sail can be heard to inflate and deflate.

The kite doesn't really make much other noise up to about 12 mph (the wind was dying)

by this time.

You super trickster chaps will love the 5 brass weights on the spine. The kite felt a bit

drunken and would forward or backward yoyo pretty easily, sometimes surprisingly so.

I also flew the kite with no weights. It would still yoyo, but not in the forward direction.

I'm guessing 2 or 3 weights is the sweet area.

I preferred the standoffs swung to the outward position, but the kite was still fun to

fly when standoffs were in.

Depending on your mood, just tune the kite for what you want to do.

As Mark Reed wrote about the I2K, "It's the only kite you'll ever need."  Wink

Seriously, the Enigma does what was intended. It's a great all-around all purpose kite.

5 weights is too much for me, but you Weeble-Lovers will be in paradise.

I'd tell you more, but it is so versatile, more time will be needed.

The kite doesn't break new ground as much as it borrows the best attributes

from several kite concepts and blends them together in one beautiful package.

PS. Sometimes, it almost reminded me of a Mojo with an attitude, almost.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2014, 09:07 PM »

I forgot to mention.....

With no weights, the kite would do both a barrel roll OR a backspin.

How cool is that?
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2014, 09:35 PM »

Thanks for the initial feedback John and the awesome pics!  The kite is bright but not overbearing.  No pumpkin award here  Cool  It's interesting to see the background fly by though the Mylar panels isn't it?

A few comments:

As mentioned in response to Tom's video, the kite was shipped tuned for freestyle, weighted for roll ups, and the standoffs biased inward for tight spins just short of oversteer.  You've already found you can have more precision by taking out a couple of weights and moving the shape shifter connectors outward towards the tip. Go ahead and move the connectors out a little past the pen marks as those are guidelines and not absolutes.  You'll know when you've gone too far or hit diminishing returns.  I plan to move the outer marks out 1/2" on future builds anyway.

If you want even more control in the corners and spins,  lengthen the inhauls 1/4 to 3/4" using the tow point larkshead.  Be sure to then lengthen the uphaul the same amount with the ULE slider knots to maintain trim.  Use a metal yardstick for accuracy, both sides.  So you know, I always fly the kite with the settings as shipped.  If the kite is over or under powered,  I just switch kites.

For even more of a classic precision feel, the outer standoffs could be moved out towards the tip 1/2" to 1" max.  I did not punch holes for that but easy to do with a leather punch or round tip soldering iron.   The outer standoff will affect handling in some tricks and you'll have to readjust the shape shifter settings. Perhaps that should be a standard trim option.

The Mylar is a bit stiffer than Icarex and your sail will buzz a little sooner than an all fabric sail.  Not a big effect, just more talkative Smiley

Just how bumpy where those winds?  You should need a pretty good breeze to overpower that Nitro frame.  That sail *IS* pretty wind efficient and I like a little venting when the winds go over 15.  You can move the inner standoff out 1" to narrow the tunnel and take the edge off the higher winds.  The effect is not that big though and a little venting more effective.

Love the feedback - keep it coming...

"Mojo with an attitude" - I like that  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2014, 12:31 AM »

I searched google for this kite and found a few kites named enigma. where can i find more info on this kite please, looks beautiful.
Is this a remake of the original enigma?

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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2014, 04:03 AM »

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something best explained here...  Smiley

http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=11210.0


I searched google for this kite and found a few kites named enigma. where can i find more info on this kite please, looks beautiful.
Is this a remake of the original enigma?
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