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Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2013
Brand: Ozone
Size: 17m
Type: SLE
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Special light wind kite

Designers goals

The Zephyr was a ground breaking kite and without doubt it was the first light wind specific kite on the market that delivered both performance and handling, the likes of which had never been seen before on such a big kite. Other brands witnessed the success of the Zephyr and followed with light wind specific kites but the Zephyr remains the benchmark.

We are now proud to bring you the next generation Zephyr, which continues to set the standard for light wind riding. The all new Zephyr is a design that incorporates elements of the performance dominating Edge along with the ease of the previous Zephyr to fly and relaunch.

The improvements are instantly noticeable for riders accustomed to the previous Zephyr. The new model has a crisp powerful feeling and a very direct positive bar feel, with instant power delivery compared to the previous model.

The new plan form, profile and sail tension help control the surfaces which gives the Zephyr a more cohesive feel. All these performance enhancements make it perfect for practicing new school moves or just cruising, kite loops are made easy and the boost is impressive while floaty.

Since introducing the Zephyr and more recently with the race scene explosion we have increased our knowledge and understanding of light wind kiting. During our R&D of the new Zephyr we found that we could ride in incredibly light winds if we took a foil or race board. These styles of board have so much performance and so little drag that if you just get moving then the apparent speed the kite generates is simply mind blowing and you can be powering upwind in almost glass smooth conditions.

There is no question that the new Zephyr is going to get you out there enjoying whatever aspect of kiting you prefer on the day.

Bar

ozone zephyr bar 2013

 

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Details:

Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2013
Brand: Ozone
Size: 17m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Bar length: 55cm
Line length: 26m or more
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Pull
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

Kite review Ozone Zephyr 17m

Test Conditions

Wind: 7 - 16 knots

Water: flat

Boards: Twin tip 145x45

Conclusion

The Ozone Zephyr 2013 is a strange kite. Light wind orientated but in the light wind test (6 other brands) it didn't have a good low-end. The 13m Ozone Edge had a better one than the 17m Zephyr! But when you had power, you go upwind like no other! The bar pressure was pretty light with less kite feedback on the edge of the wind window. So we had a 17m light wind kite with a not so good low-end and a great high end. From 13 knots this Zephyr is in its element, something take into account!

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Oldskool

Low-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Race

Going upwind

Hard Easy

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