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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #15 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.


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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2019, 02:15:44 PM »
I see they have a 6m.  Seems like that would be a great size.

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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #17 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.
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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #18 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.

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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #19 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.

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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #20 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.

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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2019, 05:49:04 AM »
Hi Wet,

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

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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #22 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

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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #23 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'. 
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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #24 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.

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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #25 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

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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #26 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.

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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #27 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.

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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #28 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.

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Re: Ozone 4m WASP wind wing
« Reply #29 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... 

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