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RRD Emotion MKI 2014

RRD Emotion MKI 2014

Reviewed on Jun 8th 2016 by Evan
Performance:
5
Durability:
5
Relaunch:
4
Bar:
4
User Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5

Sizes used: 17m
I have the 17m size, I think at first they only went up to 12 but now there is a 17 too. It looks to be more like 15m though. Anemometer reading 9-10 knots- Self launch is normal. The canopy fills once turned to the wind, and at that point there is no difference to a kite with struts. Plenty of power to rip on a 142 TT with a couple inches of trim pulled on (I'm 170lbs). Zero fluttering even bar out. Upwind is surprisingly good, even though the leading edge tube is huge and makes you think this will somehow hinder performance- not so. I am actually quite impressed by the upwind ability of this kite given the conditions you fly a 17m in. I can't speak for the smaller sizes, or compare to other 17's as this is the first one I've flown.. Stability is massive, turning speed is fast(for a big kite), riding speed not as fast, bar pressure medium - heavy after wind picks up. Depower is progressive and normal feeling, sheeting in/out feels similar to the Kahoonas I own. Anemometer reading 12-13 knots - I've got basically all the trim pulled on and with the bar out it flutters quite a bit especially behind the leading edge, bar in- no flutter. This is actually pretty comparable to a kite with struts in my opinion. Relaunch is excellent and as normal for a modern user friendly kite. But if water holds part of the canopy down from a sloppy crash it takes longer and you have to get it deep in the window for it to open back up. In this situation a kite with struts is better. But for light wind conditions- the relaunch of this thing really can't be beat. For light wind I think the strutless design is an advantage. It will not drop in a lull. It feels light in the sky and this is reflected in the turning speed for sure. I have not had it out in 8 knots, but I'm powered at 9-10 so guessing no problem especially if a huge board is used. Jumps are easy to time, hangtime is good, not much else to say here. I never unhook so nothing to mention on that. Packs up INCREDIBLY small and easy, this is not a performance feature of course, but it is absolutely a convenience feature that is unmatched, and is part of any session.. Inflate/deflate valve is the best I've used. Build quality very good. This kite weighs 7.1 lbs on my scale. A strutted 17m weighs between 9-10lbs. In the smaller sizes maybe this is not so important but for a lightwind kite this has to be a big advantage. Two pounds is a lot less. Overall impression is very smooth, very user friendly, a nice feeling kite that I felt moved with me in a natural way. Perhaps not the widest range, but I'm not sure- I have ridden this kite when others were on 12m and I was still having fun, still going upwind, but this was outside the intended range most definitely. This is a good product that I would recommend for anyone looking to kite in 10 knots.