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Ultra-light, ultra-quick, ultra-responsive and ultra-reliable
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Applying new but proven lightweight and stiff performance materials, tested across a three year period, has led to the next evolution in the Reo’s stunning legacy.
- Next level wave riding specific design
- High performance, light weight materials for ultimate handling in surf
- Super fast and direct feedback, even at the edge of the window
- Mind blowing drift and slack line control
- Transverse sail shaping for tighter canopy and huge range
This year we have two Reo V7 models.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This second model released alongside the Reo V7 is a razor sharp, laser focused wave kite designed for riders searching for ultimate performance.
The Ultra-X model is designed around the same transversely shaped canopy and air frame skeleton as the Reo V7 but features a 20% lighter dacron and 17% lighter canopy material. This may be one of the lightest pure wave kites on the market, but it’s not all about weight.
As ever our primary focus was on aerodynamic performance and the Ultra-X is stiffer throughout, offering increased drift, reduced nose diving at the edge of the window in radical surf and lightning fast, super-crisp response.
Drift performance and responsiveness at the edge of the window in slack line situations is perhaps the biggest appeal to those searching for true surf performance. While the Reo has always been a pure wave performance machine, all of these lightweight performance handling gains offer huge advantages for the freeride kitefoiler, too.
BUILDING FROM THE V7 BASE
Broken down, the Ultra-X is built around the new V7 framework. There have been many subtle tweaks to stitching lines and panels applied to these designs since the V6 model, but the biggest improvement in canopy tautness has been achieved thanks to transverse sail shaping on the leading edge, improving your sense of sail control.
Applying the experience of our paragliding design colleagues, the V7 framework features an extra seam in the sail running close to the leading edge, which allows for more true 3D shaping.
Not only have we managed to add more profile curvature, we’ve also added more strength in the high lift zone thanks to that extra seam.
In collaboration with colleagues in the dedicated prototyping department of Ozone’s own factory, our design team embarked on an intense material development and testing programme spanning more than three years.
The use of light weight performance materials has helped deliver improved drift, faster reactiveness / turning speed and more drive through the window. Despite being around 20% lighter than the V7, all materials used in the Reo Ultra-X are proven to deliver integral strength, too.
LIGHTER WEIGHT PERFORMANCE DACRON
The leading edge and struts are not only 20% lighter than 160g standard dacron, but is also more rigid. Also used on our new Flux V1 wing, this new 125g performance dacron material guarantees a longer lasting shape but also allows for more responsive handling and a tighter canopy for more aerodynamic performance gains.
LIGHTER WEIGHT CANOPY
Utilising the weight saving properties of the latest 46g double ripstop Teijin cloth (17% lighter than a 55g standard triple ripstop) further contributes to the increased drift performance in particular. The performance coating ensures high levels of strength and durability at a reduced weight.
BRIDLES – COMPLETING THE FULL EXTENT OF THE MISSION
As we continue to discover ever increasing aerodynamic performance, further gains are achieved through the use of a Technora line material for the bridle lines that’s 25% lighter and 25-35% thinner to further reduce drag throughout all areas of performance.
- New refined design and sail control
- Cleaner aerofoil from transverse sail shaping
- Improved aerodynamics and ultra- taut canopy
- 20% lighter performance dacron leading edge material
- Increased rigidity and quicker response
- 17% lighter Teijin Technoforce double ripstop sail cloth
- Lightweight EVA anti flap battens
- 25% lighter and 25-35% thinner Technora bridle lines
- Tuned bridle geometry
- Two back-line tab settings
- Compact, low aspect planform with intricate sail shaping
- Low volume, lightweight three strut design
- Thin leading edge diameter
- 4-line pulleyless system
- Overlap flat seams
- Reinforced leading edge, struts and trailing edge
- Designed with OZ-CAD
- Factory ownership advantage
- Additional Information
SKU reov7ultra Manufacturer Ozone Kites Kite Only Yes Featured FROM £1214
Customer Reviews 1 item(s)
- smooth, fast, tight, incredible drift
The other day turned to crap and I was not able to test the Ultra X, but this week was good and I've now tested the Ultra x Reo 11m and 9m.
The first day last Tuesday the wind was about 16/19 knots and this was perfectly in the range for the 11M, good swell running from the southerly the days earlier. You definitely notice the lower weight from the moment you get the kite out of the bag. Once inflated there are many small changes that become obvious too, like the thin bridles (like the Ozone Edge), there are only 2 rear line attachments, the anti flutter battens are now moulded EVA and much lighter than the previous type, new moulded valve lock off clips with no neoprene covers, main valve cap too.
Once I launched it the canopy was noticeable smoother and tighter and the kite looked and felt light but solid in the air and was very reactive to steering inputs. Also very noticeable to me was how much better the canopy luffed when the bar was pushed out and I was excited to get this machine on the water.
Forward flight speed is fast and the kite generates a lot of power and quickly, turning onto my first wave the kite felt smaller than it was seems to turn like a 10 or 9m and definitely does not feel like a big kite. The drift is exceptional and the kite is lighter to steer too so one handed steering going downwind on my backhand it was much easier to keep the kite in the optimal position to link turns. I had a ball the whole downwinder and we milked it for 1hr 45 mins.
The following day we were joined by a mate with a 10M OR Roam. Wind was lighter and that was my mates biggest kite and he was confident he could go so I said I would test the bottom end of the 11m. There were 2 others on TT's with us and they were on 17 (Zephyr) and 19m (Edge V10) inflatables so thats how light the wind was. I'm sure it was no more than 15/16 and averaging a bit less than that, but I had plenty of wind to hold ground, my mate on the Roam was a bit under but still had a ton of fun, we were both on stapped surfboards, his was 28ltrs and mine was an evo style 24ltrs, he is 85kgs and I'm 75.
So the 11m Ultra X has plenty of bottom end and overall has an impressive wide wind range. I did not drop the kite so can comment on relaunch but its a mid aspect 3 strut Reo and they have always been easy and fast to relaunch.
The things I like the most are the smooth fast flight, tight turning, incredible drift and light one handed steering.
Day 3, I made a kite size error deliberately as I wanted to see what the top end of the 9m was like, the wind last Thursday up here was 22/23-27/28 and I was on a lower volume surfboard about 22ltrs. I was definitely not on the right size but it was still very good fun especially the second half of the run where the wind is more onshore. Waves were a mest mostly due to the strong NE short period wind swell mixed with the remnant S swell which was 14sec period and had some sets in the 3-4 foot range. I'm very keen to get this 9m out again in a bit less wind but still had a heap of fun. My other downwinderers were on 8m and that was the better size for the day.
Conclusion - The Reo V7 is still a Reo but this version is the biggest improvement in the history of the model.
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