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RRD Passion MKV 2013

RRD Passion MKV 2013

Reviewed on Sep 14th 2013 by oliver
Performance:
4
Durability:
4
Relaunch:
4
Bar:
4
User Overall Rating 4.0 out of 5

Sizes used: 9m
I find this review to be pretty accurate. The wind started in the night, some swell also rumbling against the reef, windows trembling. The perfect lullaby which brings me to the next morning with only one thing in my mind…there’s gonna be some action today! Soon reached the kite spot, I pump both the new 7 and 9 mt RRD Passion 2013, one pump system 5 struts delta shaped kite, engineered with freeriding and first progression in mind. Some slight refinements can be noticed straight on, the new design for 2013 is a more closed kite and while the 9 presents the same bridle system, now in the 7 the back pig tail for the steering lines and the bridle with the front line connection are separated...less pulleys usually means more lively control, and I actually liked it. In both of them is possible to tune the turning speed on the wing tips but only the 7 has also 3 different knots to trim the length of the pig tail for the back lines. This system increases the wind range changing the angle of attack of the kite. First feeling is that the adjustments have given each kite less bar pressure and better upwind performance. Even though underpowered, the Passion keeps generating power through apparent once you are on the plan. Good turning speed so can be worked to create even more pull. The kite reacts sharply but still sits compound on demand at 45 degrees for your first wakestyle moves. The Passion knows how to reward you with some pop, especially when is sent back fast for some brilliant jumps with huge float. Last 2 years the 7 really needed lots of wind to start having some fun in freestyle, this year the amount of power delivered, also close to the bottom end, is much more satisfying and a bit more aggressive when pop out the water. Actually you can tell from the much wider central cord, the distance between leading and trailing edge in the centre of the kite. At some point the wind increases quite a lot, and I’m very happy to see the kite sucking up gusts keeping the shape, probably due to the thicker leading edge if compared with previous model. To test the stability I do what 90% of beginners do wrong, they over fly the kite when trying to learn to jump. I did it, the kite lost power and the lines slackened a little. Now this is the point the kite should fall from the sky. The Passion kept its shape and rocked back into the wind window to regain power above my head. This very important feature helps the beginner to enjoy their time in the water…more than the time relauching the kite! Also makes the kite follow the wave rider that drifts down the line. The constant pull when flown through the wind window makes you improve the performance in transitions and turns, loads of power makes you feel like bringing it out for some old school action and throwing some loops too. However, like most of deltas, when the top end comes the bar goes sheeted out and unhooking becomes very hard. But that’s not what this kite is made for! Beginners are comfortable and safe thanks to the depower range and effortless relaunch. Intermediate enjoys lift and gliding, reliability and ease of use in different conditions. Handling the power is just a plug and play game, everything is smoothed out by its forgiveness. Passion is first choice kite of the instructors in our RRD school and also loved by the students. The kite is available in six sizes (3,5,7,9,11,13) and comes in four color schemes, all displaying the colorful unmistakable Italian design! taken from http://happy-kite.com/en/news/22/02/2013/new_RRD_Passion/ hope it is useful.