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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: Gaastra
Size: 05m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10.5m, 12m, 14m, 16.5m
Type: SLE
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High performance 5 strut SLE kite

Designers goals

For five years now, our kite designer Urs and his team have been working on the Jekyll, The impressive result gives speed, power and performance in a high-end kite.
It is not for pro's only but casters to less experienced riders as well. The quick response time combined with direct response to the angular momentum make for a perfect flight companion.

Bar

The new bar system X from Gaastra is designed for precise flight controle and safety. After extensive research and development the whole team tested it for more than a year every day and put every last little tiny detail under the microscope.

features

  • auto swivel
  • depower adjuster
  • compact design
  • 4-5 line setup

Windrange Gaastra Jekyll 2012

windrange gaastra jekyll 2012

Gaastra Sneekmovie 2012

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: Gaastra
Size: 05m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10.5m, 12m, 14m, 16.5m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: 46cm-52cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

Kitetest Gaastra Jekyll 9m 2012

Kite designers goals

For five years now, our kite designer Urs and his team have been working on the Jekyll, The impressive result gives speed, power and performance in a high-end kite.
It is not for pro's only but casters to less experienced riders as well. The quick response time combined with direct response to the angular momentum make for a perfect flight companion.

Test Conditions

Wind: 12/27 knots
Water: flat/chop
Setting: Backline settings standard and setting with shorter backlines (best one)

Detail Photo's

 

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Conclusion

The Gaastra Jekyll is very well balanced kite.  It is suitable as an all round kite for performance riders, but can just as well be used by a starting kitesurfer with ambitions. The Jekyll does not have a lot of boost, this in combination with many other good characteristics makes the Jekyll very suitable as an entry level kite.
But there is more to the Jekyll, we found it to be a good wave kite also.  It is quick, reacts fast, can be totally depowered and drifts very well (downwind float).  In the high end the Jekyll can give you some big air, but with the lift not being very explosive a bit of timing is required from the rider. But once you are up there you can expect a good glide phase.  As said before, the reaction of the kite is good.  This allows you to find the best pressure without losing control, there is feedback everywhere.
Being honest, the only thing that we can think of where the Jekyll could use some improvement is the finish, which is quite simple for a kite with so much potential.

Basics

Safety system

Difficult Easy

With one line safety's, no relaunch possible. Depower safety is good and the bar has no shit handles

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Windrange

Limited Wide

Best performance in his high-end

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

gradual but brings you esy to a higher level

Low-end

Small range Large range

good pressure and reaction edge windwindow. Tip: hold pressure on the steering lines!

High-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

Great in + 20 knots

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

good above 16 knots, under 16 knots short depower stroke

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

great in the whole windwindow

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

great feedback and control, lower part in the windwindow still good steering reaction

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

There are 1 reviews on this product:

Gaastra Jekyll 2012
Name:
Morres 
kitefinder.com - 27.10.2011 at 12:25 hour
Comments:
Line-length is 21+3 mtr extenions.

Kite DOES relauch after use of QR/dropping on one powerline, QR-usage is easy, and so is relaunch. Far better than the RPM for example.

Bigger sizes have 2backline settings, smaller sizes have 2 or 3 settings. For most people 9mtr would be best on standard setting (middle connection)

Maximum speed is pretty high, it's a high aspect-ratio kite.

It is also used for racing and wavekiting. 
11 kudos - +

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