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Title: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 09, 2019, 08:42:52 AM
Lordie, fer'gv'me.. I could not resist the temptation.  AND - this was a hard choice because I did 1st Gen stuff before and really wanted to wait.  I was the second guy to take up water-kites locally, ~2002, and it was pretty much all self-taught. ..2-line, 3, 4.  Foils and blimps. Domestic and foreign. Directionals and twin-tips.  8 thru 16m kites. Just an absolute blast to learn and do. After about 11ys I started to get hurt because I was not processing kite inputs well. My last 'death spiral', heading for trees, initiated the yard sale. I picture this hand wing will allow me back into the wind without all the complexity of setup/launching of my old surf kites.  It should also be, for me, 1000x safer.

'Hard choice also because lots of the great kite names have developed wings and I don't know anyone who has one locally. I only see the videos like you and read the same reports. I chose Ozone.   

I like the concept of 'lightness' of F-One, Slingy looks bullet-proof, I picture myself faceplanting into the Duotone boom, I don't like 'marketing brands' who simply place famous names on unidentifed designers/fabricators.

Ozone has pretty much everything I could think of, as a company to make a 1st Gen product.  First, they come with a long history of making low-speed airfoils by making paragliders, kites for kitesurfing, motor-kites, snow-kites, even those little suits guys with a deathwish who fly thru mountain passes.

These guys already know airfoils, they don't have to guess or make phone calls.  Another major (after watching this SUP business) for me: they have their own factory, like Sunova in boards.  Granted, other kite guys have probably used their contractors for years, but I still prefer a vertical company to a 'marketing' company. (foils look like there will be a sorting fairly soon). I'd bet Ozone makes everything in this bag except for the bottle opener.

Since I am not a foiler, I am going to try to figure out other ways to use this.  I know -right now- I do not want to go downwind forever, so either I figure it out or eat crow.  I hope to get over the beach tomorrow and take some pictures.

Jim
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Admin on September 09, 2019, 08:57:34 AM
Stoked to see that!  I am sure you will find some great uses.  I saw an image of a guy wingsurfing a SUP on a nice clean wave with no foil.  That looked very fun as well.  How much does the 4 Ozone weigh?
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: eastbound on September 09, 2019, 09:06:41 AM
wet!

youll be on the dark side soon enough----why fight it?

fun!  I am jealous. were i retired id be doing same as you---prolly including pretending i wont be foiling soon!
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Badger on September 09, 2019, 09:43:49 AM
Nice backpack. How can you not inflate that thing right now? Get a feel for it before you hit the water. 8)

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Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 09, 2019, 01:52:56 PM
Ja, it's fricking exciting!  I like new concepts; it will be fun to flounder around to see if there's something in this for me. 

Badger,  I did crack the safe and, because I plan on going over tomorrow, made sure the generic pump I got off Amazon worked. (perfect)

Boss,  One of the first things: the scale.  w/leash - 4lb-3oz or 1.9kg.  It does not trigger any emotions ...unless others are waaay heavier/lighter.

It's small.  I have memories of pumping a 16m kite and breaking for lunch after. This pumps quick - I hope there's some grunt buried in the small size.

I already have a non-destructive mod I am working on but wanted to break because I forgot to give a thumbs-up to Jeremy Green of Jupiterkiteboarding in FL.  I found one 'In Stock' earlier in the week, dropped a PayPal, yatta/yatta - to discover not only 'Not in Stock' but there was a ransom charge if I wanted Priority shipping. Fortunately, I was let out of that headlock, and Jeremy had this one out the same day. 

Back tomorrow.


Jim
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: PonoBill on September 09, 2019, 03:23:22 PM
I see a lot of foils in your future. Anyone that dove in that early to kites (I have part of that same story) isn't going to be happy with winging back and forth.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: river on September 09, 2019, 04:34:18 PM
Don't count out the boom and perfromance on the Duotone.   I'm sure you can learn not to smash your face on it ;D and the rewards are quite dreamy 8)
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Admin on September 10, 2019, 03:04:33 AM
Boss,  One of the first things: the scale.  w/leash - 4lb-3oz or 1.9kg.  It does not trigger any emotions ...unless others are waaay heavier/lighter.

Hah!  Nice box, let's weigh this thing :).

In terms of using a smaller wing in lighter wind, wing weight is a big deal.  Of course shape has a major impact there as well.  A light wing also thrashes around with much less violence when it is loose and overpowered.  That is really nice on your body and your gear!  Your Ozone is nice and light in comparison with many other wings.  The Duotone 3 Meter is 4.6 lbs and the SPG 3 Meter is 4.8 lbs.  Those weights are without a leash and both are a full meter smaller than your WASP so I would say that is very significant.  The F-one Swing 3.5 Meter is 3 lbs even, but again this is a half meter smaller than your 4 and is without a leash.  Please do weigh the leash if you have a chance so we can know.  It would be cool to get a real world weight chart going for all of these wings for those that are concerned about that. 
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: PonoBill on September 10, 2019, 06:14:17 AM
Winter is coming (he intones). It's six ayem, and it's dark and cold. But if I can shake off the resultant ennui I'll weigh my three wings. The four many not be a good representation since it's patched like a hobo's hanky according to admin. We could start a spreadsheet, or add a weight parameter to that cool one that I can't seem to find.

The Duotone includes a heavy aluminum boom, and since I don't have an intact one, having scavenged the ends for carbon booms I'll have to do a little calculation. Someone should check my math, I've been known to misplace a zero here and there.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Admin on September 10, 2019, 07:06:00 AM
Winter is coming (he intones). It's six ayem, and it's dark and cold. But if I can shake off the resultant ennui I'll weigh my three wings.

I think we are in better wind for the next few days.  Mid to upper teens and steadier.  That sounds like great wind for a newly 5.0 equipped Babcock :).
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: PonoBill on September 10, 2019, 07:47:10 AM
Yup, good wind tends to limit the time spent in foolishness.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Quickbeam on September 10, 2019, 07:50:50 AM
We could start a spreadsheet, or add a weight parameter to that cool one that I can't seem to find.

Is this (https://www.standupzone.com/forum/index.php/topic,35199.0.html) the one you were looking for?
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 10, 2019, 01:38:57 PM
 Boss,  Just got back from the beach and the first real 'blow it up'...  Per yer request, said leash measures: 3.35oz/94g. I was expecting it to be the first thing I would change, but it's fine.  I guess I am a medium-sized male and the actual cuff is a tick large, requiring an overlap to 'make damn sure!', but it is comfortable enough with no webbing or other edges to bite into your wrist. I cannot imagine you'd need the quick-release, but it's there.

I am stuck with this BIG first impression: IT PUMPS UP FAST.  C'hit - doing a normal, continuous pump stroke*, I clocked it at just over a minute looking at the time on my iPhone.  I did it again to show our local shaper, Jon Ashton who's doing a project for me - very fast.  This part I really love. I ended up hating pumping kites.  We had guys who'd tap their car battery to avoid the GD handpump.

*somebody, back then stacked two pump bodies to get the handle up to where someone over 3'-6" was comfortable with that movement.


Jim 

Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 10, 2019, 01:55:22 PM
I'll do this a piece at a time because I tend to get distracted...  I may be wrong, but I am guessing Ozone did not need to use battens or quarter struts because the trailing edge is both scalloped and is under a great deal of tension from the leading edge.  From what I understand, lift is mainly determined by the upper surface of the wing, but I cannot remember any paraglider, chute or kitesurf kite (when I kited) having a TE that is also inflated. It might be interesting to put some yard on these wings. 

Jim

Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 10, 2019, 02:05:39 PM
Here is something an old kiter likes: the -new to me- valves. I was used to those pinchy little c'hits where you lose the last 8 strokes of the pump and the bastards could blow if you slammed your kite onto the deck.  This is probably the reason I think this pumps up so fast ..aside from it not being 12 or 16m.

Jim
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 10, 2019, 02:10:42 PM
I'll leave it for now with one small like.  I am assuming the strap the kite was wrapped in was for that purpose only...?   Because folding a kite and getting it back into a bag always came at the wrong time of the day.  This strap was unexpected but handy.


Jim
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: bbqSUPer on September 10, 2019, 02:15:44 PM
I see they have a 6m.  Seems like that would be a great size.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: PonoBill on September 10, 2019, 06:24:39 PM
That was fun today, even though I kind of tweaked my shoulder. A little CBD/THC and it will be happy tomorrow.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Admin on September 11, 2019, 05:02:09 AM
Boss,  Just got back from the beach and the first real 'blow it up'...  Per yer request, said leash measures: 3.35oz/94g. I was expecting it to be the first thing I would change, but it's fine.  I guess I am a medium-sized male and the actual cuff is a tick large, requiring an overlap to 'make damn sure!', but it is comfortable enough with no webbing or other edges to bite into your wrist. I cannot imagine you'd need the quick-release, but it's there.

I am stuck with this BIG first impression: IT PUMPS UP FAST.  C'hit - doing a normal, continuous pump stroke*, I clocked it at just over a minute looking at the time on my iPhone.  I did it again to show our local shaper, Jon Ashton who's doing a project for me - very fast.  This part I really love. I ended up hating pumping kites.  We had guys who'd tap their car battery to avoid the GD handpump.

Nice.  Just under 4 lbs for the WASP 4.  I have a Swing 5 in that should be here on Thursday.  I am hoping that is in the 4 lb range as well.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 11, 2019, 05:23:09 AM
Here's an underside look.  I don't mean to bore or overdramatize, but these companies do not realize that there are some of us who simply better process information visually.  I read Ok, turn off the sound on most videos because I don't process speech as well as I can see.   So for me, my two best choices are touch or sight. Hopefully, one of you benefits seeing more of this wing.

Jim

Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 11, 2019, 05:24:28 AM
I was impressed by the bevel and attention to detail on the ends of the struts.  I am trying to think about why they spent the effort here and cannot come up with it?  ...but, I like good detail.

Jim
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Admin on September 11, 2019, 05:49:04 AM
Hi Wet,

Do some of the handles have rubber grips and others do not?
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Dwight (DW) on September 11, 2019, 06:09:36 AM
Hi Wet,

Do some of the handles have rubber grips and others do not?

All the handles feel like they have a soft foam filler. Iíd expect them to get stiffer with age, just like our windsurf harness straps get stiff with age and salt crud.

Iím thrilled to see NO pinch clamp on the one pump hose and itís very straight, so it doesnít get pinched deflating and rolling the kite up. I do wish they had used the newer larger one pump hoses some brands use.

The tapered tips are nice. They should reduce wear when dragging the tips.

I saw (on YouTube) Alex Aguera wave riding his, using the diagonal front handle. Iím excited to see if that handle offers some advantage wave riding.

We should have enough wind to ride mine soon. In the meantime, Iíll be on my 7m   ;D
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 11, 2019, 06:26:36 AM
Here's the cockpit.  Without really knowing anything - I like a Y control system over a center bar. I understand the V in the wing (dihedral) will give it some lateral stability, but for some gut reason, this slight offset grip seems like it should help me fly this wing.*  Center straps are there as an option. Which brings up my first-impression squawks.

Start with the petty: White fricking thread...  There's a ton of stitching - and as someone who's seen a little in his day - it is remarkably well done. (I stopped looking for nits pretty quickly.)  But the contrast kinda makes it look like a clown costume. These folks should study renderings from people like Peter Strayer of KIA, formerly AUDI, for visual presentation.  I do have to give them an A for coloring.   Not only is this emerald a nice rich color but their asymmetrical color blocking is great.

Let's stick with the petty: too much printing.  Perhaps the only person who does not know this is useful for surf, snow or skate is some redneck that stole it and is wondering if is worth more than a six-pack in trade...?! 

The single thing that I disliked, and, understand óI am a self-identified cranky old fucó are the control grips or loops. Even as a young male, I found round tubular shapes comfortable to grip.  These are foam filled webbing rectangles. Nominal 1-3/8 x 1/2" (35mm x 12m)   They work, but there are few things I like for handtools or other controls:  rigidity, non-slip and rounded shape.   

Jes' so happens...  'had some C'hit laying around.  I could see doing a bit of surgery, but I might have to sell this if my non-foiling ideas fail.  I have another idea for placing a 1/2 round on the topside, but two bigger projects are more important.

These photos were taken behind the dune. 'Nice little onshore breeze gave me a 'feel'. I think I am going to pretty much love this new sport! Even for such a small kite** there was some grunt in the puffs.

but once I got bayside the water had too much shine on it (kiters will know), it was not worth the brief pump-up.  I just paddled.

Jim


* In thinking about it - the center may be better for lower winds, whereas the offset-Y position may better 'spill' gusts?  (only a guess at this point)

**our non-kiting local shaper thought the wing was 'big'. 
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 11, 2019, 06:34:51 AM
Boss, I'll back up Dwight... the factory grips are all-webbing like he said. 

Dwight, I've been away from kites for a while but this valve is 'big' to me.  You know how a generic pump comes with a gaggle of inserts on the end of the hose - this takes the largest one. I threw the others out. I hate Swiss-Army knife crapus... 

I'm juiced!  Almost ready - for a few puffs.  Cheers.

Jim
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Dwight (DW) on September 11, 2019, 06:51:07 AM
Jim, the whole industry moved to the big valves. Cabrinha was the first to do it.

Unfortunately, now some brands have gone off the rails with their own versions of this once simple generic standard.

The good news, Ozone is using the simple generic valve. Same with Gong. So both my wings are using the same hose tip.  ;D
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Admin on September 11, 2019, 09:04:28 AM
Boss, I'll back up Dwight... the factory grips are all-webbing like he said. 

Hey Jim,

Did you add the circled grips?  It looks like those 3 are different.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Dwight (DW) on September 11, 2019, 09:53:14 AM
I think the softer handle may have a design purpose. I can comfortably move my had back and forth a few inches within the handle for better trim. Where the rigid loops tend to force hand to middle of loop.

Training the wife and a friend today.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2RzD7gnrhW/?igshid=1jr1tesuw8ki9
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Dwight (DW) on September 11, 2019, 11:16:00 AM
The diagonal handle is nice. I think Iíll be using it a lot. Jibes going diagonal handle to handle feel perfect.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 11, 2019, 12:55:14 PM
Jackie, no?   She appears the quick learner.  You have a good spot.  Rain is breaking into my schedule... 

Jim
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Dwight (DW) on September 11, 2019, 02:45:32 PM
Yes Jim, Jacky. She is behind me due to a dislocated shoulder. She is still not ready for prime time.

I rode the 7m to the upper limit today, then switched straight to the 4m. I was in the sweet spot of the 4. It felt wonderful. It felt the fastest Iíve gone yet, on these wing dings!

The diagonal handle is the ticket. It just naturally holds the cockeyed wing angle for perfect flight. No risk of tip drags or running over the tip when pumping like a wild man using that handle. I felt like I never had to look when sailing. The wing angle just stayed right. Also, the diagonal handle is very long, so I was able to use several hand positions on it.  I loved it.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 12, 2019, 06:14:15 AM
Dwight,  If you remember ...what wind speed was the upper limit for the 7m. (what brand). Have you plotted a useable range for the Ozone 4?

100% on that diagonal hand position - even standing on the ground you can see the change in tip elevation.  I doubt it means much to you, 'who stand on pedestals', but we surface crawlers need both all the wind area and clearance we can get.   

Jim
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Dwight (DW) on September 12, 2019, 07:18:03 AM
It was gusting into upper teens on the 7m. I donít think my wind range with a foil, will relate at all to riding on the water.

The only brand in the world making a 7m is Gong in France. Itís a direct sales brand. Itís a good wing.

Iíd like a 5m and 6m Ozone, but Iíve heard enough broken promises this summer on wing ETA. Iím not waiting on anyone anymore. At our age, we could die tomorrow. This is the retired guys mantra at my beach.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Dwight (DW) on September 12, 2019, 03:05:11 PM
So today we had 15-25 mph, average 20, freak gusts to 30 per the iwindsurf sensor.

The 4m Ozone handled it great. No flutter. Felt at the limit a few times, but not over it. It would have been nice to take off on a down winder, but didnít have a pickup plan in place. Down wind I could have handled even more wind.

I do now think a rigid handle would be easier for jibes. The not-reliable opening on the soft handle makes me hiccup on the hand switch. The Gong rigid handle, I like better. The diagonal strap is still the bomb.

Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Dwight (DW) on September 15, 2019, 04:54:54 AM
Anyone notice Kitechino rides the upper diagonal handle?

I ride the lower diagonal handle...hummm

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2AO61yBfvq/?igshid=1t591zuaf3m01
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Dwight (DW) on September 15, 2019, 03:17:13 PM
I-windsurf said 13-23 mph. I tried the Axis 1000, but the wind holes were too much work on that foil today. So Iím on the Axis 1020 for everything in this video.

I left the crashes in. The handle fumbles. Keeping it real.

The wing practice in the river continues for when I get a good conditions for the ocean. Some fake wave riding.

You can see the NASA shuttle building in the distance.

https://youtu.be/Kj3DpHLIey8
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Admin on September 15, 2019, 04:50:56 PM
Looking good DW!  What are you finding the range to be for the 1000?
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Lazz on September 16, 2019, 08:20:38 AM
I-windsurf said 13-23 mph. I tried the Axis 1000, but the wind holes were too much work on that foil today. So Iím on the Axis 1020 for everything in this video.

I left the crashes in. The handle fumbles. Keeping it real.

The wing practice in the river continues for when I get a good conditions for the ocean. Some fake wave riding.

You can see the NASA shuttle building in the distance.

https://youtu.be/Kj3DpHLIey8



DW,on which mast length do you ride in this vid?
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Lazz on September 16, 2019, 08:22:42 AM
DW, on which mast length do you ride in this vid?
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Dwight (DW) on September 16, 2019, 08:55:11 AM
75cm mast
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: supkailua on September 16, 2019, 10:30:23 AM
Lazz, if you are wondering what size mast to use I found the 90 cm to be way better than the 61 cm.

I tried the 61 cm when wind foiling and I kept rising to the top and losing control. When I changed to the 90 cm all those issues went away. It was like riding a whole different foil.

I have kept the 90 cm for Wing Foiling too and so far so good.

I have considered the 75 cm as an option because the 90 cm is more difficult for me to carry on land.

The further out the wing the heavier it gets, plus at 5' 10" tall with a fairly wide board I can't grab the bottom of the fuselage and the hand carrying thing on the board at the same time. I have come up with some alternative ways to carry it.

I wish the manufacturer would consider carrying the board and foil with a long mast at the same time and put another hand handle on the top edge of the board. I can't see it changing the performance at all and it would be so much easier to get out of the water in shore break with a handle there.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: PonoBill on September 16, 2019, 11:42:40 AM
NSI stick-on handle is your solution, as it often is. Don't worry about the adhesive--clean the area carefully with alcohol, sand a little with 600 grit, wipe with alcohol again, stick it on, press hard or put weights on it. Give it 8 hours and you'll rip the fiberglass off before the handle pulls free, unless you work it slowly off with alcohol and a plastic spatula.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: supkailua on September 16, 2019, 11:46:37 AM
Thanks PonoBill, I checked it out and it does look good. I will start to think about where I should put it.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Lazz on September 16, 2019, 02:21:52 PM
Lazz, if you are wondering what size mast to use I found the 90 cm to be way better than the 61 cm.

I tried the 61 cm when wind foiling and I kept rising to the top and losing control. When I changed to the 90 cm all those issues went away. It was like riding a whole different foil.

I have kept the 90 cm for Wing Foiling too and so far so good.

I have considered the 75 cm as an option because the 90 cm is more difficult for me to carry on land.

The further out the wing the heavier it gets, plus at 5' 10" tall with a fairly wide board I can't grab the bottom of the fuselage and the hand carrying thing on the board at the same time. I have come up with some alternative ways to carry it.

I wish the manufacturer would consider carrying the board and foil with a long mast at the same time and put another hand handle on the top edge of the board. I can't see it changing the performance at all and it would be so much easier to get out of the water in shore break with a handle there.

Thanks,
I think on long term the 75cm mast should be the go for me, I consider even a 45cm because the shallow spots we have here.
Do you have a Tuttle box or a Twin? Canīt  trim your foil? or shimming your stab for less frontlift?
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: GL on September 16, 2019, 03:17:35 PM
I have been using a 60cm mast. My longest mast is 75 cm and that's the one I use for windfoiling. If I encounter a large rolling chop with the 75cm mast I have to be careful not to breach. When wing foiling with the same foil the infinity 99. I have no trouble not breaching with a 60cm mast. I find that windfoiling and wing foiling are completely different for me. Using a shorter mast with the wing foil works just fine for me.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 17, 2019, 02:38:59 PM
First ding - that's what happens when you teach yourself on a beach with littered with random debris rather than grass.  Spent about an hour before I noticed some wrinkles at tube/strut joint - pumped it up further ..much better.  I have to find a standard plunking noise to tune to.

With string kites, I pretty much got to the point where I did not have to watch the kite 95% of the time.  Perhaps because of that, I had the general feel of this in about an hour. The wing moved around a lot. Looking at a wind tracker it was jumpy from 9/20mph .. 10/18 .. 10/20.  Hand position varied from next-to-last to the last loop.  I like the ability to change the base angle by moving my hand fore/aft on the forward diagonal. This should be pretty easy (especially compared to string kites!) for anyone to learn.

Perhaps one of you can tell me: underhanded or overhanded on the front diagonal?  I seem more comfortable overhanded - which is my rear position.

The cart rear wheel bearings were rubber tubing which acted like brakes under pressure, so I didn't get the glide I hoped for, but I got a sniff of the potential. 

Jim
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: PonoBill on September 17, 2019, 10:45:49 PM
Underhand feels more comfortable but somehow doesn't give as much power or control as overhand.
Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 18, 2019, 07:28:11 AM
I think maybe that 'left-up' .. 'right/down' is too complicated for my slow processor. I guess I keep mentally referring to doing pull-ups.

I have abandoned my 'luggage' handles. They seem fine in light air, but in the heavy breeze, contracted under tension. I thought about spreaders on the backside, but DW's comment about being able to slide your hand along the entire length of the diagonal was spot on...  That diagonal handle is 16"/40cm versus 8"/20cm for the single, center handle.  You can change the base angle of incidence quite quickly and tune for power with the rear hand.

I still have another idea about the handles to try.

Jim



Title: Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
Post by: Wetstuff on September 18, 2019, 08:48:30 AM
First ding. I thought 'beach debris', but not where it is located.  I suspect it snagged on a cart axle - my error for not anticipating.  Ozone supplies a really decent kit of repair goodies.  Basically, everything you need to do a field-fix on the cloth, bladder or connection between the strut and front tube, even the alcohol to prep the area and fancy bladder patch called TEAR-AID.  ...plus a 'bunch' of stickers and a bag to act as a sand anchor.

You will need to carry a flat-edged bit of plastic to level the adhesive.  One tip (they may have mentioned in the repair section of their website) put a bit of paper or plastic into-and-under the hole between the underside of the fabric and the air bladder so the ding tape does not grab onto the bladder ..and round the corners of the patch.

Jim