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Team Kite Test!

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In October 2004 the AERIALIS Team Flyers started to look for another kite to replace the WSOs that we found lacking something in the team/precision department. We collected eight now classic kites to a big test and here's the story!

Matrix UL

Matrix UL
Matrix UL

A crisp and responsive kite that probably is a little too fast for a 6 man team, and more suitable for team flying. Builds up a significant pull even in the lower end of its wind range. Silent and very much on the plus side when it comes to trickability.

Test result

7,4 Speed
8,6 Tracking
7,8 Cornering
6,8 Steps down
7,8 Stall (from a horizontal trajectory)
8,2 (Snap)Stall (from a vertical up trajectory)
9,0 Halt (stalled position) from a vertical up trajectory)
7,8 Keeping the Stall position
7,0 Side slide
8,4 Circle 20% (2 x wingspan)
8,2 Circle 100% (constant speed)
8,4 Wind window
8,4 Speed Control
7,8 Axel to Fade
7,8 Overall impression
119,4 Total Score

Test pilot comments

  • A heavy feel on the lines, pulling quite a bit
  • A good kite, but too fast for a 6-man team
  • Steady pull, good input to the pilot
  • Takes a special technique to snap crispy corners
  • Spins tightly, well inside its wingtip
  • More suitable for pairs flying
  • Slides well when timed correctly

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