Today was one of the nicer days we have had lately.
So I took the Bambi designed Enigma UL to Patriot Park
for some old-school flying (I am 65 after all).
Winds: 2-6 mph (shifting and smooth for Las Vegas)
Alt: 2300 feet
Lines: 100 ft / 90#
Kite Setup: No weights and ShapeShifter™ set to the inner mark.
Upper bridle line set to top knot
Kite Build Quality: Excellent
Visually, you have 26 panels and pin-striping so your imagination can get pretty creative.
The wingtip tensioning is now adjustable done with a single line wrapped and vinyl end cap (very clean).
At 2300 feet, the kite needed about 4 mph wind to fly without moving my feet. I do envy you people
who fly down at sea level and by the ocean. Inland winds leave a lot to be desired. By 6 mph, the kite
was solid with excellent feedback. You can hear the sail inflate and deflate. I'm guessing the kite could
handle a good 10 mph wind well. It's a solid build.
PRECISION: To me, the kite flies in-between a Mojo and last generation Killer Bee. This is not a statement
I make lightly. Even with the ShapeShifter set to a more relaxed style of flying, lines were sweet and
punch turns were rewarded with a nice sail snap. If you just want to fly a good looking sport kite, you
have it here. The long standoffs provide a deep keel to carve through the air.
TRICKS: (Remember, no weights were used) Spin tricks were slow and beautiful. I was able to get
very nice, Slot Machines, Axels, 540s, Lazy Susans (got a double once). The turtle sits a bit deeper than
I was expecting (still pretty flat) so Jacob's Ladders are good looking. I did 3 reversing rungs in about
3 mph wind with some backing up. That's pretty good for my skill level. The kite does a backspin (not
barrel roll) with a moderate pull although the nose is down a bit, but it is definitely a backspin.
standard would do both a backspin or a barrel roll with weights.
This may also be true with the UL, but
today was about no weights and just flying and enjoying the kite. Flic-flacs required cutting the pancake
just short of flared flat. I did several and the kite lost little altitude. If you just pull the kite from a fade,
it will drop about 10 feet initially, but then it just starts transitioning in place. I couldn't get any pitch
tricks or Taz Machines without weights. Steve Tapp says he used 15 grams and I can believe that would
bring the kite around. Next time I'll add a couple of weights. Two pull cascades were nice as the kite went into
a pancake position mid-trick each time. There has got to be some combos possible from that for you
CONCLUSION: It's a really sweet, all-around larger sail. Tricks are a little slower so they can be seen
and appreciated. The ShapeShifter allows the pilot to experiment without changing weights. Just a quick
slide of the connector on the lower spreader and you're ready. Does the world need another all-around
sport kite? Sure, when it fits into an area on the graph that was vacant.
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