QUALITY:: Because it counts
Quality is a word that gets used a lot in the kite industry. At Ozone, we don’t take this word lightly; when we use, we mean it. We are proud of our design and manufacturing and think it’s second to none. We’re proud of our design and manufacturing and believe they set a precedent for the rest of the industry.
Quality begins with design : at Ozone, a quality design results in a kite that handles as well as possible, combined with the highest level of performance and safety.
Choosing materials : this is a simple issue, when we choose materials, we base our decision solely upon the fact that the materials we use are the best available for the job.
Kite production : all Ozone kites are manufactured in our own facility. We have total control over every aspect of the manufacturing process, and each kite is fully inflated and inspected to certified paragliding standards before leaving our DHV-approved factory.
Product testing : every Ozone kite has undergone thousands of hours of development, from CAD design through to riding in extremes, at -40 0 C in Norway to the baking heat and sand blasts of Chile.
High Tenacity Fabric
After extensive research and development with NCV Porcher Marine laboratories, Ozone has released Porcher 767 and we also developed our own material called Ozone40D. Both Nylon Rip-Stop fabrics offer an unbeatable blend of UV resistance, stiffness and tear resistance.
Aerodynamics tells us that the leading and trailing edges are the two most critical lines in an aerofoil section. Ozone kites are Mylar taped, giving a more rigid structure, a clean and efficient aerofoil, and absolutely zero stretching. The Mylar tape effectively locks the sail shape, meaning your kite keeps its factory trim.
Just remember that only a 1mm error on a cell in a kite with 30 cells leads to an overall error of 3cm, this can make a marked difference to a kites handling, performance and safety!
Ozone kites are double-needle stitched, which is stronger and more durable than single line stitching in the event of the kite being dragged over rough ground. Even our thread used for stitching the lines and sail is UV-bonded, further adding to the strength and life-span of our kites. Every seam is checked to within 0.5 mm; a look at the colour-scheme accuracy and the inside of the seams of our kites will highlight this fact.
Tested to 100kg, Ozone’s heat-treated Edelrid Dyneema SK75 lines ensure stretch resistance, a high thermal tolerance and durability for all kites. Lines are cut, pre-stretched, sleeved and stitched to ensure 100% accuracy. The lines are final load tested to 60% of their breaking strain to “lock” the line and as a final production check.
Our aim when designing the bridle lines is to use the least amount of line possible, to minimise parasitic drag through the air, resulting in a more performant kite. Kite design has advanced to the point where the accuracy and diameter of the line lengths is vitally important. To achieve this accuracy, we use the highest quality Dyneema lines which are stitch finished for extra strength and less drag.
The ‘kook-proof’ colour-coded and labelled line connection system makes set-up safer and completely stress-free for riders new to kiting.
Our attachment tabs are sewn deep into the reinforcement area of the ribs, which means that the load is spread over a larger area of material, thus reducing any stretching and ageing of the cloth.