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Riding type: Snowkite
Year: 2010
Brand: HQ
Size: 07m, 09.5m, 12.5m
Type: Foil
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Snowkite Foil

Designers goals

The new profile redefines the standard for lift and hangtime. The extreme versatility of the kite and the precise handling is a perfect fit for riders who want to progress. A safe, but progressive way to play in the mountains. The smaller kites in the range have a huge wind range and fly in much higher wind than ever before. This kite is perfect for freestyle and big airs on the flats. It will also amaze you in its ability to kiteloop, climb and soar ridges in the backcountry.
optimized barfeeling

Features

  • super stable
  • high depower
  • high turningspeed

Specs HQ Montana 6 (M6)

specs M6 snowkite HQ

Windcharts HQ Montana 6 (M6)

Windcharts M6 snowkite HQ

Details:

Riding type: Snowkite
Year: 2010
Brand: HQ
Size: 07m, 09.5m, 12.5m
Type: Foil
One pump: n.a.
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: n.a.
Colours: Various
Bar length: 50cm-60cm
Line length: 22m to 25m
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Pull
Swivel: n.a.
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: Yes

Snowkite review HQ Montana6  9,5m

Kite:

Depowered Foil for snowkiting and landboarding

Test Conditions:

Land: Small hills

Wind:9-14 knots

Conclusion:

The most eye catching feature of the HQ Montana6 is that it feels fast and comfortable. Its power/depower behaviour (keeping in mind that foils usually provide a specific feeling because of their soft frame), somewhat resembles that of tubes. The M6 is a snowkite that reacts fast and has a very narrow turning circle. It builds up its power through its flying speed, so a higher downhill speed generally provides better performance! In my experience (test rider of 93kg) the 9.5m has a remarkable low-end and turning speed. In winds of over 12 knots you can already catch some nice air time.

All in all, its reaction speed, low-end and barfeel makes the M6 a kite that is very suitable for technical kitesurfers that want to try snow kiting with a foil.

Basics

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Good in low-end, didn't test it in + 15 knots

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Windrange

Limited Wide

Great low-end

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Glide phase

Short Long

Low-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Center turn, short & fast

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

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