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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2012
Brand: Ozone
Size: 04m, 06m, 08m, 10m, 12m
Type: SLE
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Kite Preview

SLE 3 strut wave kite

Designers goals

The REO is designed purely for waves and surf board riders, this is a dedicated wave riders kite.
What is the criteria for a wave kite I hear you say…. Well, we and our riders think it needs to have fast handling, float down the line, good relaunch, mega depower and plenty of power to get you back up to the lineup. The REO is the result of more than a year’s development.
We wanted to create a kite that was versatile in all aspects of wave riding…so if you wanna park & surf or loop it down the line, hooked or unhooked, the REO is designed to deliver in all these circumstances.

Kite Features

  • 4-line pulley-less system (no pulleys, no problems)
  • Super fast and direct handling
  • Mega de-power range with insane float and drift characteristics
  • Easy on the bar back line re-launch
  • Comparable feeling throughout the size range
  • One-Pump system for quick and easy setup
  • Multiple trimming options for customized handling and bar pressure
  • Color coded and numbered fool proof line connectors

Movies

Ozone Reo (kiteboarding.com)

Ozone high volume valve instructional

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2012
Brand: Ozone
Size: 04m, 06m, 08m, 10m, 12m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 25m
Bar length: 45cm-50cm-55cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Pull
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

KiteReview Ozone Reo 8m 2012

Kite is made for?

The REO is made purely for wave and surf board riders, this is a dedicated wave riders kite.
What is the criteria for a wave kite I hear you say…. Well, we and our riders think it needs to have fast handling, float down the line, good relaunch, mega depower and plenty of power to get you back up to the lineup. The REO is the result of more than a year’s development.
We wanted to create a kite that was versatile in all aspects of wave riding…so if you wanna park & surf or loop it down the line, hooked or unhooked, the REO is designed to deliver in all these circumstances.

Test conditions

We tested the Ozone Reo in 12 to 30 knots wind, with 25 meter lines and 45 cm bar.

Conclusion

The Reo is a true wave kite for more advanced kitesurfers. It turns quickly, is very reactive and provides good feedback both powered and depowered.
It has a small turning circle, is steerable in the entire windwindow and possesses a complete depower (onshore winds), with a good drift while riding down the line (side shore winds).
In its extreme low-end the Reo may give some stability issues on the edge of its wind window.
Great high-end! The Reo really gets into its element in the high end of its reach.

All in all, the Ozone Reo is a specialized wavekite for side shore and onshore wind conditions.

Basics

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Little bit restless on the bar and in his extreme low-end keep the Reo in movement

Windrange

Limited Wide

Great high end, low-end less performance

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Total depower in a with short depower range

Oldskool

Glide phase

Short Long

Low-end

Small range Large range

Compensate with more boardvolume

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Great! Great! Great!

Wave

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Great and control in all positions

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Great

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Even on the edge of the windwindow and slack in steering lines

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Fast reaction and short turning circle, in his highend the best performance

Race

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

High-end best performance

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

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