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Riding type: Snowkite
Year: 2012
Brand: Ozone
Size: 05m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: Foil
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Kite Preview

Foil snowkite for advanched riders

Designers input and goals

The Frenzy incorporates secret technologies from Ozone’s world leading paraglider designs, as well as a new bridal plan design giving the rider a 100% flag out option. We still recommend that you land using the webbing brake handle to cleanly stall your kite, i.e. when taking a short break.

This new total flag out option is extremely useful when landing the kite at the top of a mountain. It allows you to completely kill the power and pack up in safety, ready to Freeride down the mountain. When attaching the new flag out line, ensure it goes under the link line.

The partially closed leading edge with mesh openings gives ultimate performance, clean air intake and extra strength. A refined diagonal rib configuration helps optimize bridal line layout; this has enabled us to achieve a 28% reduction in line drag and a more direct feel.

An increased number of cells and reduced cell width allow more control of the upper and lower surfaces. More cells also help reduce the amount of billowing (ballooning) of the cells, resulting in cleaner surfaces and better overall performance.

The Frenzy incorporates the “Link” line, which connects both sides of the Speed System together to maintain the correct distance between both sides of the kite. This Link line therefore controls the tension transmitted through the kite which aids stability.

These improvements add to the performance of the kite in all aspects; faster smoother direct handling, more power produced throughout the speed range, better stability and more de-power than ever before.

The Frenzy is constructed from top quality materials and features a double pulley speed-system, utilising the latest high spec Ronstan Orbit Block Series 20 pulleys. Three unique blow-out-valves on the under surface allow the internal volume of air to be released when the kite is crashed into the ground.

Features

  • Double Pulley Speed System with new Ronstan Orbit Pulleys
  • Direct and responsive handling
  • Easy and controllable power
  • Mega de-power range
  • Improved stability
  • Improved landing characteristics
  • Simple re-launch
  • Partially closed cell leading edge for ultimate performance
  • Mesh openings for clean air intake and extra strength
  • Dirt-Outs in tips
  • Diagonal Ribs
  • Blow out valves
  • Mylar edged tips
  • 54cm Contact Snow Control System with the Original Ozone Y-Line design & new Flag-Out Safety
  • Exceptional hand checked Ozone factory construction using the highest quality materials; Highest grade OzTex 40D and Edelrid sheathed bridal lines
  • Ozone warranty and back-up service guaranteed

Bar

2012 ozone snowkite barThe Contact-Snow Control System has been simplified and re-designed offering the latest in safety features, a clean control bar design and an easy-to-use trimming system. The system exceeds all Kitesurf/Snowkiting loading and release EU NORM safety standards.

Megatron Quick Release (primary release)

The Contact-Snow system features Ozone’s proven Megatron quick release safety with total flag out of the kite. Easy re-assembly saves time and gets you back up and riding faster. Note: a leash must be connected to the control system.

Two Safety Modes

The new Contact-Snow Control System offers riders a choice of safety modes; the recommended Flag Out safety, or the optional Brake Handle safety.

  • The recommended Flag Out safety offers 100% flag out in all situations by releasing the Megatron or letting go of the bar when un-hooked.
  • The Brake Handle safety method attaches the safety leash to the hand brake line that connects to the back leaders, when Megatron is released or the bar is let go the kite stalls down to the ground.

Low Friction Centre Piece

The control bar features a low friction aluminum centre piece designed to reduce trim line wear.

Auto Positioning Chicken Loop

Designed in conjunction with the bar centre piece, the Megatron spinning handle allows chicken loop auto positioning, offering easy unhooked riding and hooking back in.

Simplified Trim System & Longer Foam Floats

The new trim system has been simplified by removing the Re-ride and Cross lines. New longer foam floats provide better protection from the lines.

Details:

Riding type: Snowkite
Year: 2012
Brand: Ozone
Size: 05m, 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: Foil
One pump: No
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: No struts
Colours: Various
Line length: 25m
Bar length: 54cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Pull
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: Yes

Kite is designed for?

Snowkiting an Landboarding

Test conditions

Wind: 8 - 14 knots 

Terrain: Small hills (1000-1200m)

Detail Photo's

Ozone Frenzy 11m depoweredOzone Frenzy 11m mesh openings snowkiteblow out valve

 

Conclusion

The flying characteristics of the 2012 have changed significantly due to changes in the construction and bridles. A major improvement is the stability. The safety was also made much better by incorporating a 5th line system; the safety-system now offers a complete depower.
The new Frenzy is more comfortable than its 2011 predecessor. The power buildup is softer and the performance has shifted more to the high-end, resulting in a bit less performance in the low-end.
The 2012 Frenzy has become a bit more forgiving, this can be accredited to the improved 5th line safety system, stability and power control.
A well developed High Performance kite with adjustments to make it more manageable and complete.

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Feels like losing some low-end regarding 2011 model, but with more depower I expect a allround performance shift to his high-end

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

More depower and safety total depower (5-line safety)

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Much better than 2011 Frenzy

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Now with 5 line safety, great!

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Gradual, which is great for intermediate snowkiters

Low-end

Small range Large range

Loses some low-end regarding 2011 Frenzy

Glide phase

Short Long

High-end

Small range Large range

Gradual power building with good depower capacity

Wave

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

There are 1 reviews on this product:

Ozone Frenzy 2012 11m
Name:
Peter 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves, big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 10 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
30 
Kite size:
11m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
durability
 
ShortLong
up wind
 
HardEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
windrange
 
LimitedWide
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
glide phase
 
ShortLong
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 25.01.2014 at 07:28 hour
Comments:
nice kite for snowkiting and backcountry, easy to fly, good low-end 
1 kudos - +

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