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« on: March 04, 2009, 10:21 PM »

I saw the new Focus Hydra at Kite Party but didn't fly it. Anyone have in depth experience with it?

Paul & Hunter seem like good guys and it would be great to see them succeed.

(I know it's too soon to get much response to this, but I wanted to start my New Forum expereince with an actual kite related post.) Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2009, 10:36 PM »

Frazer may have some info..
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2009, 05:11 AM »

Some info on the 'Clique here and here and from their Blog.

I flew a pre-production very about 18 months ago at the beach and it was a lot of fun in biggish winds. I have its Comp. oriented sister the Jinx, construction is top notch and they're very fairly priced. The Hydra is trickier and very chuckable, great for rolling one trick into another.

I plan on picking up a Hydra later this year on a trip down there to Wrightsville Beach Grin

Paul and Hunter are swell folks indeed.

-Frazer
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2009, 05:47 AM »

I flew a pre-production very about 18 months ago at the beach and it was a lot of fun in biggish winds. I have its Comp. oriented sister the Jinx, construction is top notch and they're very fairly priced.

I may have been there for this.  Smiley

Much to the confusion of Frazer and Paul both, I preferred the larger of the two kites.  It took a little more muscle and was noticeably less forgiving.  With my style (heh) of flying and limited repertoire, it was a much more pleasant experience for me.
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2009, 08:23 AM »

I flew the Hydra a little. I thought its silent straight line precision was very good. I did both a fast and slow cascade using the 2 pop method. The fast one must have looked pretty good because Paul said, "Yah, now you're cooking". My cooking was short but fun.

As comparisons help "target" the kite.
Precision: Better than a Widow Maker, not quite as good as a Quantum Pro
Tricks: Slower and prettier than a Deep Space, but not as forgiving.

In Paul and Hunter's hands, the kite was beautiful to watch.

Sadly, I'm not too keen on the panel layout.

Construction is very, very good.

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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2009, 01:24 PM »

I flew last year's version for a bit at AKAGN   Grin
It is a sweet kite. Basically does almost everything well. At the time it did not fit my flying style as well as I would have liked, it takes smallish movements which at the time I didn't like at all (although I am finally seeing the benefits of that) and doesn't trick fast very well (at least not for me with little time on it) It is a bit more laid back and less edgy than I like.

It is a great kite for general fun flying or tricks party type competition. Not sure I would like to fly it in AKA style comps though.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2009, 01:31 PM »

Sadly, I'm not too keen on the panel layout.
Well, they can't all be Shiva's

-Frazer
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2009, 01:40 PM »

Has an Atelier look to it.
Not saying, just saying ...
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2009, 11:04 PM »

You might as well say it has an HQ look to it..
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2009, 11:52 PM »

Don't make me get out the morphing software  Angry

The over/under layering of the TE Mylarô is novel, if nothing else.

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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2009, 01:44 AM »

Well, I think that was my point.

Having features in common by no means constitutes.. etc..
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2009, 01:31 AM »

Wynn purchased one at kp7 and let me give it a go.

It's a very unique sail layout with very good construction.  the white stitching against the black mylar creates a very edgy feel to the kite.  also, the mylar is a different type than that of prism's sport kites.  i'm not sure what type it is, but it generates a unique buzz sound that stands out from a normal stunt kite.  It has very light pull across the wind window, about the same as a sea devil.  definitely a trick orientated kite that doesn't track on rails but provides a good steady feel.  seems to respond with large inputs.

that was my quick impression with it.  i need to learn the tricks before i can comment on them.
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2009, 04:46 PM »

Yup, got one. I really liked the way it flew and I haven't had a new kite since a Silver Fox a couple of years ago. I'll get some time on it when the weather gets nice. I can wait. Put some Dorsal caps on the nocks (I fly on clay and gravel) and redesigned the kite sleeve to match what I like in my bag. May try a turbo bridle after I get a few hours on it, but I really like it as it is. Everything is straight and very well done, and oh yeah, nothing smells like cigarette smoke! LOL
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2009, 03:31 PM »

Got to fly one today - in too much bumpy wind, but ... its great, just great.

Plenty of pitch makes for easy wraps and waps ... flatpins and Taz nice
and floaty - very nicely built / rugged - which makes for good landings
and ground work. And like all good freestylers easier to chain/flow one
move into the next.

It handles crappy conditions quite well too ... just gets louder in the gusts,
no excessive pull. Glen's is the orange and red version which looks very
pleasing ... I might go for a Benson type gray fade with accent myself.

The only thing I really need to work on are lazies / ML's ... it doesn't just
pop .. perhaps more of a pull required ?

Anyways - a great kite - its on my shopping list.

-Frazer
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2009, 07:29 PM »

The only thing I really need to work on are lazies / ML's ... it doesn't just
pop .. perhaps more of a pull required ?

Send one up here and I'll let you know  Grin
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