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Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2015
Brand: Flysurfer
Size: 08m, 10m, 12m, 15m, 18m, 21m
Type: Foil
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All round terrain high performance foil kite (water/land/snow)

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

Flysurfer has always chosen its own unique way. Product cycles of two, three and sometimes even more years are normal for us. We follow an improvement-oriented approach to development, meaning we only release products when significant progress has been made. The Speed4 Lotus flies even earlier, is more stable in the sky, turns better and also jumps higher than its predecessor. Through the use of Lotus-cloth for the first time in a kite product, we were able to increase the longevity of the kite and the special material properties are simply amazing … You’ll feel it. The new 18.0m2 will be the desired size between 15.0m2 and 21.0m2 for many … we are convinced that the Speed4 Lotus will make your next kite session an unforgettable experience.

Bar infinity 2.0

Movie Speed4

 

Details:

Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2015
Brand: Flysurfer
Size: 08m, 10m, 12m, 15m, 18m, 21m
Type: Foil
One pump: not in place
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: not in place
Colours: Various
Bar length: n.a.
Line length: 21m
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: Yes

Kitereview Flysurfer Speed4 18m 2014 / 2015

Test condition

Wind: 5 - 16 knots

Water: Flat

Board: Twintip 155x 45

Bar set up: 27m lines

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1359/ozone-chrono-2014#tests

Wind: 5 - 16 knots

Water: Flat

Board: Twintip 155x 45

Bar set up: 27m lines

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1359/ozone-chrono-2014#tests

Wind: 5 - 16 knots

Water: flat

Board: Twintip 155x45

Set Up: 27m lines

Detail pictures

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Conclusion

Fourth Speed serie of Flysurfer. You can see & feel that. Its tuned, stable with well balanced characteristics. Fast turning for a 18m foil and easy to ride without any strange flying characteristics. That makes it a allrounder under the big foils. The one you begin with. In its highend the 18m is harder to go upwind, you have to work to get the kite at the edge of the wind window.
Light wind
? The foils are the best. You got two choices to ride and stay upwind with 6 knots of wind. Flysurfer Speed4 or Ozone Chrono
Between these two we think Flysurfer is the more allround foil.

Best use?
Low-end kitesurfing. Landboarding and Snowkiting

Basics

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Low end good, high end its harder to depower. Above 12 knots always a bit grunt if depowered.

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Working with Foils and bridles are always tricky in the water.

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Easy, but know how to relaunch a foil on the water is very important. If crashed as soon as possible relaunch.

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Stable on the edge of the wind window. With foil kites you don't have the frame work like a tube. If you get used to a foil. The flysurfer Speed4 is very stable.

Windrange

Limited Wide

The best low end. Riding in 6 knot on a 155x 45 twin tip. High end until 12 knots (depend on your weight)

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Very gradual

High-end

Small range Large range

harder to go upwind, a bit grunt stays while depowered

Glide phase

Short Long

The Flysurfer Speed range is famous about its gliding phase in the mountains. Learn the flying technic and you will love it.

Low-end

Small range Large range

Foils got the best low end. Riding in 6 knots with a 155x45 twintip

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Drift

Poor Good

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Speed4 vs Chrono Speed 4 is faster turning with a shorter turning circle

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Speed4 vs Chrono Speed 4 is faster turning with a shorter turning circle

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Going upwind

Hard Easy

lowend good if the wind picks up its harder to go up wind

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Acceleration

Slow Fast

There are 3 reviews on this product:

Flysurfer Speed4 Lotus 2014 18m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 5 knots up to 12
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
18m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
glide phase
 
ShortLong
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
up wind
 
HardEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 05.04.2014 at 08:50 hour
Comments:
Tested the Flysurfer Speed4 around 6 and gusty 12 knots. Great low-end. Gliding and up-wind riding in 6 knots with a big light wind twintip 155x45. The Flysurfers is stable, gradual and for an 18m foil pretty fast. That makes this kite trustful. Around 12 knots the rest grunt stays. Its harder to go upwind. For snowkiters this 18m is a trustful flying machine. The canopy stays in shape in gusty wind. Best use? Light wind kitesurfing or find some small hills, run, roll or slide down and glide. 
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Flysurfer Speed4 Lotus 2014 15m
Name:
Atte 
Weight:
85 
Riding style:
allround, race  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 25
Number of test sessions:
20 
Kite size:
15m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
glide phase
 
ShortLong
up wind
 
HardEasy
price quality
 
PoorGreat
boost
 
SoftStrong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
drift
 
HardSoft
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 03.03.2014 at 14:05 hour
Comments:
Its a good around kite with great hangtime and huge depower range. Very easy water relaunch. Works great on land, snow or water. Easy to self launch and land.

A good upgrade compare to the speed3 kite with many improved functions.
 
12 kudos - +

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Flysurfer Speed4 Lotus 2014 15m
Name:
KiteProki 
Weight:
75 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 8 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
+3 
Kite size:
15m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
durability
 
ShortLong
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
up wind
 
HardEasy
lift
 
GradualExplosive
windrange
 
LimitedWide
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kitefinder.com - 17.12.2013 at 00:22 hour
Comments:
We asked Kiteproki to add some comments to the Flysurfer Speed4 Lotus. He just tested it in Tarifa. See his extensive review here http://kiteproki.blogspot.com.es/2013/12/review-sped d4-lotus.html

In short terms the new Flysurfer Speed Lotus was
- Spinning rapidly - Long jump - great durability.
Has more wind range than the speed 3. Generates much apparent wind so great low-end and upwind abilities. Really better than the Speed3. It's kite weight was very low. It's a Advanced kites with thinner lines and less bridles.
 
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