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Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2015
Brand: Ozone
Size: 12m, 15m, 18m
Type: Foil
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All terrain light wind foil kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

Break new boundaries with the ultra high-performance Chrono, Ozone’s first closed-cell de-power foil kite.

Our aim was to create the ultimate light wind performance kite for all terrain. Powerful, fast and consistently forward flying, the Chrono is a light wind freeride boosting machine that also excels in racing on the water, land or snow.

TECHNOLOGY: The Chrono is at the pinnacle of technical foil design and is Ozone’s first production kite designed with our new re-modeled CAD software; the results are impressive. We used our extensive knowledge in wing development and drew on our history in aerodynamics to create a no expense spared cutting edge foil kite.

Design – The Chronos lightweight double surface design is combined with a high-aspect ratio of 7.0 and an incredible 47 cells, resulting in extreme flight efficiency. The aspect ratio has been calculated to be an optimum match with the profile for maximum performance. A high number of cells mean the ribs are positioned close together, creating ultra smooth surfaces with less drag and maintaining a clean profile.

L.E Profile Reinforcements
– The Leading Edge is reinforced with flexible lightweight plastic battens to maintain the shape of the profile during angle of attack changes and turbulent airflow.

Internal Straps – Newly calculated internal span-wise straps distribute load across the sail evenly and effectively, while also maintaining a cohesive internal balance controlling the high aspect ratio.

High Performance Bridle Lines – To keep parasitic drag to a minimum we have used Edelrid performance line. This line is ultra high quality, non-stretch with a reduced diameter helping achieve our goal of maximum performance.

High Performance Materials – High-tenacity sail cloth with extremely low porosity values and an overall lightweight enabled us to further stabilise the canopy and maximise fast flight characteristics.

Flight Characteristics

If you are looking to get the most out of your light wind sessions, the Chrono will peak your experience. With incredible upwind performance, low-end grunt and huge float in jumps it will have you ripping!

The Chrono is for experienced riders or riders with previous foil kite experience. It is not difficult to fly but there are techniques required to fly a high aspect ratio foil kite. Riding on snow or land is easy, with plenty of power and handling in light winds to be clocking high speeds and long airtime.

On the water with a Twin-tip the Chrono is a light wind monster; loads of power, easy to jump and stable. Due to the abundance of power and efficiency gaining upwind ground is ridiculously easy, in light wind its impressive how high and floaty jumps can be with the Chrono. No question at all, this is a pop and float machine, just edge hard and send it, too easy!

If you race - water, land or snow you need to have a serious look at one of these. The Chrono has all the technology you can imagine. The upwind performance is blazing and it can also hold a very deep downwind line. One other noticeable benefit is how much easier it is to tack when riding with a Foil board or Course board. This is thanks to the longer lifting period the Chrono gives you during that critical tacking moment compared to an LEI.

Relaunch and Safety system

The Chrono is a closed cell foil and has great water re-launch, but we recommend that you keep it flying and out of the water if possible! A drainage system on the wing tip allows any water that may have entered the kite to drain out.

The Chrono features a simple yet effective front line flag out safety. After releasing to the flag out safety you should check the speed system, bridle lines and your flying lines for twists before restart.

The Chrono is not a wave kite and should not be used in waves.

Windrange

wind range Ozone Chrono

Bar

control bar ozone chrono 2014

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Details:

Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2015
Brand: Ozone
Size: 12m, 15m, 18m
Type: Foil
One pump: not in place
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: not in place
Colours: Various
Line length: 24-27+3m extensions
Bar length: 50cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: n.a.

Kitereview Ozone Chrono 18m and 12m 2014 / 2015

Test conditions

Wind: 5 - 16 knots

Water: Flat

Board: Twintip 155x 45

Bar set up: 27m lines

Detail pictures

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Conclusion

The Ozone Chrono is the first all terrain (water & land) kite Ozone made. And its a very well manufactured high performance foil. Under the 8 knots you will ride and stay upwind with the 18m. You got two choices to ride and stay upwind in 6 knots wind. Ozone Chrono or Flysurfer Speed4. The Ozone Chrono had the same low-end as the Flysurfer Speed4 18m and the better upwind & high-end performance. But we think the Chrono needs some tweaking like faster turning and a bit more stable canopy profile.
Like to glide? Yes then you need a Chrono. Snowkiters in small hills will love its gliding performance. Also in the snowkite race scene the riders love this new foil kite, great low-end & great upwind performance.
Ozone Chrono vs Flysurfer Speed4? Very short! Ozone Chrono for the experienced foil kiter who's looking for high end performance!

Best use? Low-end kitesurfing. Landboarding and Snowkiting - See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1318/flysurfer-speed4-lotus-2014#tests

Best use?
Low-end Kitesurfing. Snowkite gliding and Landboarding

Wind: 14-18 knots

Water: small waves

Board: 6'1 strapless surfboard

Bar set up: 23m lines

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1342/bwsurf-noise-pro-2014#tests

Wind: 14-18 knots

Water: small waves

Board: 6'1 strapless surfboard

Bar set up: 23m lines

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1342/bwsurf-noise-pro-2014#tests

Basics

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Its a thin high performance foil. Can collaps if you are not used to fly foils. You will use to fly this foil pretty fast

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.

Safety system

Difficult Easy

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

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

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 18m, 12m is more explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

Gliding like a parapent. 18 m is easy, with the 12m we tested in the mountains and you need skills to control the glide phase

Low-end

Small range Large range

Foils got the best low end. Riding in 6 knots with a 155x45 twintip. 12m had a great low and high end

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

The 18m had a bit problems with the slack line steering. The 12m scored much better

Drift

Poor Good

Not made to drift, made for light wind kitesurfing and gliding. The 12m gad a better drift

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

18m is much slower than the 12m

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

18m Wide turning circle. Pull high above one steering line and it will pivot. 12m had a small turning circle

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

The Ozone Chrono likes to climb to the edge of the wind window.

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Wind power is direct acceleration!

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Great even in very light wind. This kite is made to go upwind between 6 - 12 knots

There are 5 reviews on this product:

Ozone Chrono 2015 18m
Name:
JasonD 
Weight:
90 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+6 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 6 knots up to 12
Number of test sessions:
+7 
Kite size:
18m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
windrange
 
LimitedWide
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 14.05.2015 at 17:38 hour
Comments:
Wow, great low end kite. Incredible float. Need a bit kitefeel to get the right performance out of it, but a great and playful low end kite. Used it for, strapless flat water tricks, riding under 8 knots with a 45 wide twintip. Easy with my weight!  
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Ozone Chrono 2015 18m
Name:
R. 
Weight:
90 
Riding style:
race  
Years of experience:
16 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 6 knots up to 15
Number of test sessions:
10 
Kite size:
18m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kitefinder.com - 18.02.2015 at 00:09 hour
Comments:
Below is a review that I wrote (in Dutch) for the Dutch Kitesurfmagazine. I have translated it to English with Google translate in order to share it with you. I think the English is good enough now for you to read...sorry, I didn't have the time to completely rewrite it in 'real' English.

Upon opening the kite bag the Chrono you notice that you are dealing with an Ozone kite, every detail has been paid attention to. The zipper of the new bag has two tabs, which significantly reduces the canvas gets stick in the zipper; something we've all had experience with. Speaking of opportunities, this kite significantly increases your chances to win a course race, but more about that later.
It's quite a shock for an experienced kiter LEI in rolling out the kite. At first glance the bridle lines seem to be in a huge tangle. Fortunately, the opposite is true. On the trailing edge of the kite is a piece of Velcro that keeps the ends of the bridle lines tidy. If you use this the bridle lines are not tangled and can easily be shaken apart. It is not even necessary to remove the lines from the bar as Ozone advises.
Preparing the Chrono for a kite session is slightly different than for an LEI kite, but especially with little wind, can be done completely independently. A handy instructional video can be found on flyozone.com. The kite is placed on the beach with a tip in the wind and then rolled out with the wind. A handful of sand at the tip ensures that the kite does not fly. Then roll the lines 3 feet from the bar and put this down on the side of the trailing edge. You loosen the velcro strap and shake the left and right bridle lines loose. Then you can roll out the lines of the bar perpendicular to the wind.
The bar is equal to the standard Ozone freeride bar, with the difference that there is a line between the control lines. This line, which serves as a 'brake handle ", can be used to land the kite in a controlled manner. In this test, the Ozone race bar as used. The weight of the Chrono 18 is with 3.1 kg significantly lower than the Edge 17m (4,1kg) and 19m (4.4kg). A whole set of Chrono's (12.15.18) is 4 kg lighter than a comparable set Edges (11/15/19). When traveling by plane this is a nice side effect.

Start
Starting the Chrono can be done in two ways: the 'hot launch' or sand on the tip. In the latter method do you walk with the bar in the wind up to about 45 degrees, and enter gradually the tension on the control line of the tip in which no sand is on. The kite will fill with air, and slowly come to life. If the kite is well filled, you give more pressure on the control line and you can send the kite up in the air. The tip with sand slowly slides downwind on the beach. If you perform these operations too quick, the tips will not fill well, making the kite not hang well in the air. By alternately pulling the left and right steering line and the brake handle, the kite is filled with air.
The hot launch is very simple, but is not recommended in stronger winds. Ozone advises the hot launch up to 6 knots. In the test, however, it was also done without any problems at 10-12 knots, but you should take care, because the kite can get very powerful. In the hot launch you lay the kite with the trailing edge into the wind and start your kite fully downwind. You keep the bar fully powered while you pull on the power lines. The leading edge now now comes up and the kite slowly fills with air through the air inlet holes. If there is enough air in the kite, then let go of the power lines and slowly depower the kite. Chrono then climbs up. Optionally, as the kite hangs above you, you can pull the steering lines and brake handle to completely fill the tips with air.

On the beach
Ozone advises to keep the Chrono not straight above you on the beach because of the lift that the kite can generate. The kite flies so far to the edge of the wind window, it looks like he is overflying it. He obviously does not do that, but it's just a few degrees more than other high aspect LEI kites. The kite hangs stable in the air. The bar pressure is medium to light, but the kite is not responding as quickly as you are used to from a 17m Edge for example. When the Chrono is on the edge of the wind window, it is relatively sensitive to gusts. On the beach you have to keep your attention on the kite, especially the first few times. However, if there is enough wind gusts are relatively easy to control. With less wind it is harder, and it is quite difficult to keep the kite still in the air on the lower wind limit. Once the kite is not moving in these winds, the tips tend to lose some air. The collapse of the tips is incidentally also described on the internet as an area for improvement of the Chrono. However, with sufficient wind, this is usually a result of a steering error, and resolves automatically. Spending a lot of time with the kite on the water is the solution here.

On the water
The first time on the water is different to what you are used to. The aspect ratio of the Chrono is so big that you are really faced with a elongated rectangle. Also on the beach you pull a lot of attention! The kite feels stable and the bar pressure is medium to light. You feel perfctly where the kite is any time, and you hardly have to watch the kite. This is for a racer a great advantage because you can then focus fully on the course. Also for the freerider of course this is a nice property. The pressure buildup is very gradual. Once up to speed you hardly need to steer the kite. On a race board it seems like you're going straight against the wind. This can not be true of course, but because the kite is so far towards the edge of the window, and because it goes so well upwind, this is the sensation. The few degrees that you gain in going upwind relative to an LEI kite during course racing is particularly welcome. However, while freeriding you do not really have to worry about going downwind in huge jumps. The chrono brings you back where you started with ease. If the Chrono find its way to the general public, then I predict the emergence of a new phenomenon: the up & down winder:-)
Both the upwind and downwind course is more than good with the Chrono. Downwind is slightly more difficult in the beginning because the kite relatively quickly loses its profile. However, you get used to this pretty smoothly, especially if you turn the steering lines on the tightest position at the bar. You then can put just a little more tension on the steering lines. With some practice, you can easily go just a bit more downwind than with the Edge. The speed you can achieve on the halfwind and downwind course is phenomenal. At the Delta Lloyd Regatta in late May 2014 the worlds best kite racers were present. On a training evening were reigning world champion Florian Grueber, Ricardo Lecesse (number 2) and Alejandro Climent (number 5) on the IJsselmeer at Medemblik with a good 10 knots. Three kite racers of similar level. Florian with a 17m Edge, Alejandro with a 19m Edge, and Ricci with a 18m Chrono. With every up and downwind race, Ricci won easily !!

The Chrono has a tendency to rotate around the tip, and he therefore has a relatively large turning circle. In a downwind course you should be very careful with you downloops, otherwise there is a risk that you hit the water with a tip. With some practice and fully depower with extreme steering of the kite, you can downloop without problems, but you should take care.
If the Chrono unfortunately hits the water, then the restart is no problem if the kite lies with the leading edge lon the water. Extremely pulling on both steering lines with the brake handle causes the kite to go up and turnaround. If the kite falls flat on the water is the relaunch is trickier, especially with little wind.
I was able to test the kite in its entire wind range from 6 to 15 knots. The kite is relatively easy to control kite on the water and on the beach at the top of the wind range. You notice with 15 knots or that you have a real foil kite in the air. If you pull the bar, you go up:-)

Landing the kite
Landing the kite is super simple. Just as you're used to with an LEI kite. Instruct your help good that he picks up the kite at the tip. If you do not have help and if the wind is not too strong you can even do it alone. Grasp the brake handle with both hands, stalling the kite and he sinks slowly downwind. As soon as he lies on the ground in front of you, hook your chicken loop and the brake handle to a supplied 'herring' that you have put in the beach. The kite remains on the beach and you can calmly walk to stowe it for the next session.

In conclusion
The Ozone Chrono is causing a revolution. The upper echelons of the IKA course race rankings are now dominated by kiters who sail the Chrono. However, the Chrono is not the appropriate light wind kite for everyone. For the experienced racer it's an easy choice. With a race board, foil board or free race board you can easily go with 6 knots. With less wind and the right technique that may also be possible, because the Chrono will hang in the air with 4 knots.
The less experienced racer is probably better off with a kite as the Edge 17m or 19m, or a similar race kite. The experienced freerider who is looking for the ultimate light wind kite will be able to stay upwind with 8 knots with a Chrono 18 on a twintip. With some practice jumping is even possible. The hang time is particularly good and landings are super smooth, and of course: the stronger the wind the higher and longer the jumps (hit the brake handle in the middle of a jump!!!). The landing remains without too much trouble very soft, you have screw up massively to get a hard landing with this kite. 
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Ozone Chrono 2015 12m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
90 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
glide phase
 
ShortLong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
lift
 
GradualExplosive
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 04.02.2015 at 13:32 hour
Comments:
I already tested the 18m and that was a light wind monster. I was excited to try the 12m in the snow. Totally different conditions as in the water of course, but I was curious how this closed cell race kite performer would handle the mountains.

First this is a kite for experienced riders, you need flying skills to understand and get the most out of the Chrono. The Chrono likes airflow around its canopy and this kite can turn around like a propeller, but if the airflow stops the wing tips can collapse a bit. A bit bigger turning circle will be the remedy of this small instability. So be gentle, feel and you have a very playful kite in your hands. Fast acceleration, fast turning, aggressive pop for a foil and great feedback.
The most exciting part of the Chrono is that this foil has a great de-power and slides to the wind window if de-powered. Not many foils do that! That wider wind window gives gives you a kite with a wide wind range. Good low-end and great high-end.

So the 12m Chrono is a great all terrain kite for water (watch out for the relaunch time) and land/snow. First really playful foil I had in my hands! Well done Ozone ... 
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Ozone Chrono 2015 18m
Name:
matthijs katsma 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 4 knots up to 12
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
18m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
lift
 
GradualExplosive
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
drift
 
HardSoft
kitefinder.com - 03.04.2014 at 16:25 hour
Comments:
We tested the Ozone Chrono in 2 difficult situations. Once in total fog, with windspeed not exceeding 6 knots, and once with gusty inland wind from 4 till 12 knots. Ozone 's trying to bring a new shape on the market and the first thing you feel is their experience in paragliding.
The 18m2 Chrono seems to react pretty slow but doesn't feel heavy to steer, which makes the impression that its easy to move. (although its not so easy and fast to move)
While starting the chrono it takes a while before the tips are fully filled, which may be cause its long thin shape.
We noticed its wide windwindow when you let the kite fly and surf on a real light wind twin tip. It accelerates and want to crawl further and further in the corner. This may also be the reason why its a bit unstable in gusts.
The Chrono is a true performance kite with a cool feature: when you pull the break line while jumping the kite generates extra lift and even makes you fly further under the kite, till a point where the kite is outside the windwindow after the landing. Make sure you keep the kite in the windwindow at all times!

resume:
Its first release may be a big promise for the future. Not a kite for beginners, but a true high performance light wind kite. best used in open spaces. (land-snow-small hills-water) 
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Ozone Chrono 2015 18m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 5 knots up to 12
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
18m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
windrange
 
LimitedWide
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
lift
 
GradualExplosive
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 03.04.2014 at 16:24 hour
Comments:
Tested the Ozone Chrono 18m on the water in a 5 to 12 knots wind range. These all terrain kites (Water & land) have a great low end. It's clear, you need a foil for the best low-end light wind performance. Foils are always a bit slower than tubes. With a 150x 45 twintip we were on our way with 6 knots. And that is a big issue for people who live inland. This Chrono is a small paraglide with de-power. It wants to glide Snowkiters who're used to foils will love its gliding performance in the hills. But the Chrono is a bit raw, need some tweaking like a smaller turning circle and more stability would be great.
On the water, you go upwind under 8 knots. Around 12 knots you still fly the Chrono easily. Jump and pull the brake line :-) Straight up action. If you are an experienced foil rider you will feel the performance. Tube riders have to adapt to the new foil feeling, but you will get the best light wind performance. 
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