“The specs of this kite might scare a lot of serious kiters away. 3 struts and great for beginners.
- I am definitely an Instinct Sport rider. The Ozone Instinct Light is too simple, blah, blah, blah..
Are you sure? If you think it over, a beginner has many of the same needs and demands for making a kite as you and me. Who does not want a kite that is great for relaunch, that is rock stable, it does not stall and de-powers a LOT?
Well those qualifications might not be enough for you though, but that would not be the whole arsenal of Instinct Light either.
For the lovers of the C-kites responsiveness, this is the kite of all Instincts that give most feeling from the bar. Some say this is too heavy, and for the 9 and up, you might want it to turn faster with less input. But considering that a 9 pulls like a 13 C-kite, maybe it is not so slow and heavy after all? There have been days were I got underpowered on my 9 at the same time as my friends do on 15! Quite crazy, since my board has some serious rocker that normally would slow me down a lot. Suddenly, on all these Instincts you can ride boards with more rocker - and that is also the future of freestyle!
Talking about freestyle, this kite pops like is was made for nothing else. A massive pull ignites the takeoff, smoothly takes you into the air, and if you gave it enough kick, the kite leaves you in peace to land the new trick you never stomped before. And if you don’t stomp it and the kite crashes?
Relaunch is an easy game. Pull one side of the bar and the kite backs up on the side, keep some power and steer it back up.
The lift of this kite is definitely better then a lot of C-kite out there, and the hang-time is very good.
Instinct Light loves the waves too. Stable and light are two key features.
For those who will have to deal with onshore wind on the waves, de-power is just as important. Easy going - power, no power. Just let it fly up there when you do your thing in the wave. You can feel how it de-powers way more then in the Sport and Edge. When you leave the bar all the way out, the fabric is fluttering. Nothing to worry about, just a sign that the kite is flagging out.
The name is right - it’s Light and there are just 3 struts on this kite. How this kite could become this rigid and massive in how it feels is just impressive. But we just have to be happy dealing with less weight. This kite does not want to come down from the sky.
There exists a 5 and a 3 in Instinct Light. Consider getting a 5. This is a playful toy, great for heavy days where you still want to do some tricks or get out in those waves that only hits your coast twice a year. The kite is slowed down and very controllable with balanced bar pressure.
A true test should also come up with some backsides of the product - and as always, this is personal, but there are a few:
The bridles on the kite can snag and riders must be aware of this and tell people that launch to look for this.
Chicken loop is ready for a serious update.
Even if just 3 struts, One pump is never a minus.
All the best Christian”