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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2014
Brand: Ozone
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m
Type: SLE
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Special wave kite from Ozone

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The Reo is a very unique kite in our line up, designed specifically for wave riding with true surfing at it’s heart. Since first introducing the Reo we have had nothing other than positive feedback and it has become the iconic surf kite.

Behind the scenes we have been continually developing this model looking to improve it’s overall performance for wave riding. We believe in freedom on the wave to take us closer to a true surfing experience. To achieve this we have to combine many aspects of kite design to develop a kite that has huge depower, smooth fast direct handling, float when slack lined and perfect drift for down the line and onshore riding.

The modifications to the new Reo have allowed us to improve stability and float, whilst maintaining controlled depower capabilities, this allows the rider to depower to the point where surfing is closer to reality rather than being powered along a wave. The root chord has been slightly increased delivering consistent power to get around sections in the wave, whilst easily floating down the line when need be. With fast direct handling and improved low end the Reo allows the rider to maximise power in onshore conditions when the wave can ‘push’ downwind.

Hooked or un-hooked the Reo performs to any given task in the waves. For unhooked riding simply trim in slightly with the de-power cleat and the Reo will sit and fly perfectly, floating with the rider making it easier to line up that next section.

Another key aspect when building a kite specific for wave riding is the strength to weight ratio. As with all our kites we use top of the line materials and combined with our very own factory quality is second to none. The Reo is designed tough without the need of unnecessary cosmetic items which only add weight and drag which reduces performance.

New sizes complete the Reo line up offering more selection for those critical rider preferences. Power to size ratios have been refined and we now have more power per size. For example a rider enjoying the original 8m would now feel similarly powered on the new 7m. Be sure to take a test ride on the new Reo, here at Ozone we think all will be stoked with the performance and capabilities allowing you to push your wave riding to the next level.

Wind range

wind range ozone reo

Bar

ozone control bar 2014

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2014
Brand: Ozone
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 25m
Bar length: 45cm tot 50cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

Kitefinder team review Ozone Reo 6m

Test Conditions

Wind: 20-32 knots
Water: small & medium waves
Board: 5'10 wave boards
Kite set up: barpressure midle
Bar set up: 25m lines

Pictures

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Most important key points:

Pros

- kitereaction & feedback

- great high-end +30 knots

- good low end for a 6m

- lack of lift

Cons

- slack line steering (no pressure on the steering lines) could be better

- slightly power left if depowered fully

Conclusion

Great wave kite. We liked this 6m in its high and low end. The 6m size will do besides your 9m. Its a well balanced wave kite. We really liked the 6m Reo for its overall impression. Well done!

Basics

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Low-end

Small range Large range

Good for a 6m

High-end

Small range Large range

Freestyle

Bar pressure

Heavy Light

great for feedback in such a small kite

Boost (kite in loop)

Softly Explosive

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Drift

Poor Good

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Race

Going upwind

Hard Easy

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Ozone Reo 2014 06m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
93 
Riding style:
allround, wave  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 22 knots up to 30
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
06m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
windrange
 
LimitedWide
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
drift
 
HardSoft
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kitefinder.com - 31.10.2013 at 11:21 hour
Comments:
The Reo is a special wave kite so we took the 6m it out in a big storm. Great high end in 30/33 knots. Controllable, tip turn, trustful and fast with no crazy canopy changes that will surprise you during riding full power or depowered. In 25+ knots the total depower always holds a little bar pressure. So you got always feedback. The drift is pretty good, because its reacting fast you can easily steer it away if you are going to much downwind.

Liked: high-end, kite reaction, feedback, stability, wind range
Didn't like: maybe to much lift for strapless riding but that's about it
For who?: well it's a good storm kite or/and wave kite, great for riders who have a lot of different wind conditions the wind range makes it very usable 
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Ozone Reo 2014 06m
Name:
Ruben Versluis 
Weight:
76 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
11 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 30 knots up to 45
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
06m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kitefinder.com - 24.10.2013 at 18:37 hour
Comments:
The Kite is great for waveriding. With the storm conditions that we had it was the perfect setting. Not a lot of barpressure in combi with a direct quik stearing is this kite perfect for the allround who is specialized in waveriding! 
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