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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: Ozone
Size: 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m, 15m, 18m
Type: Foil
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Rider profile

Riders who like to ride on land, snow and water.

Designers goals  (manufacturer text)

THE CHRONO V2 IS THE ULTIMATE ALL-ROUND FOIL KITE DELIVERING OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ON ALL SURFACES – WATER, LAND OR SNOW; COVERING ALL RIDING STYLES FROM FREERIDE, LIGHT WIND, BOOSTING, FOILING AND RACING.

Our design goal with the second version was to take the original Chrono’s high performance characteristics and make it easier to use for riders looking for all-round ability in any conditions on any surface.

The Chrono V2 is more stable and easier to inflate; additionally this model has thicker sheathed Dyneema bridle lines to reduce tangles on the ground. New sizes cover a wider range of conditions to personalise your high performance quiver.

The Chrono V2 is for experienced riders with good kite control skills or previous foil kite experience. It is not difficult to fly, but there are specific techniques required to ground handle and fly high aspect ratio foil kites safely.

Experienced riders will find themselves at home with the Chrono V2. On the water with a Twin-tip the Chrono V2 large sizes are light wind monsters - loads of power, easy to jump and stable. Due to the abundance of power and efficiency, gaining upwind ground is ridiculously easy. In light winds it is impressive how high and floaty jumps can be! When the wind picks up and you are looking for serious height the smaller sizes really shine, no question at all, these are pop and go big machines, just edge hard and send it, too easy!

Riding with a Foil or Race board the benefits are immediately noticeable thanks to the longer lifting period a foil kite gives you during that critical tacking moment compared to an LEI. The combined performance of the kite and these types of boards makes 4 knot riding a true reality.

On the snow the Chrono V2 takes the sport to another level, more power and performance in light winds, extended jump and flight time with a much better glide angle. The improved handling makes it possible to ride in lighter winds just by generating apparent speed, which means you can take a smaller size.

On the land the gains we have made in kite stability mean that you can work on your landboard freestyle moves without worrying about the kite collapsing or falling out of the sky. For buggy riders the improvements mean freestyle or racing maneuvers are easy and more intuitive with smoother coordinated handling.

Control bar Ozone 2016

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Ozone Chrono V2

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: Ozone
Size: 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m, 15m, 18m
Type: Foil
One pump: not in place
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: not in place
Colours: Green & Yellow
Line length: 24-27+3m extensions
Bar length: 45cm-50cm-55cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: Yes

Kite review Ozone Chrono V2 15m

Test conditions

Wind: 5 - 15 knots

Water: flat

Bar setup: 25m lines

Board setup: Tested the Chrono V2 on a hydrofoil, skimboard and twintip

Pictures

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Conclusion

The new Chrono V2 is more stable, less technical kitefeel and better tuned than the older model.
More stability and easier to handle! We had great fun combining the Chrono V2 15m with a hydrofoil. You ride and jump in 5 knots of wind. We tested the Chrono V2 in offshore gusty winds next to a tube 15m kite with 28m lines. The Chrono was by far the stable one and the only one that was able to relaunch from the water!

Chrono V1 vs Chrono V2.
We believe the new Ozone Chrono V2 is better tuned and easier to ride in a wider range of conditions. The V2 is more accessible to a wider public of kiters.

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Basics

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Good depower for a foil. The foil kites have a different kitefeel than the tube kites. More constant pull in high end

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

In light wind, < 7 knots Of all the kites we tested the foil kites are the only one who relaunches again

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Windrange

Limited Wide

Great low end for every rider, to widen your high end riding you need a bit more experience than most tube kites

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Much better than the first Chrono serie, no tip collaps. Great shape maintenance < 8 knots

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Soft like all the foil kites

High-end

Small range Large range

> 12 knots The 15m is great fun for a experienced foil rider

Low-end

Small range Large range

Amazing, combine the Chrono with a hydrofoil and you'll ride and jump in 6 knots of wind

Glide phase

Short Long

One word. GREAT

Wave

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Tested the 15m and it's a bit slower than the older model

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

If you like a short, more centered turning circle. Just pull one of the steering lines

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Drift

Poor Good

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

One of the great characteristics of this foil kite

There are 4 reviews on this product:

Ozone Chrono V2 2016 18m
Name:
Mark Walker 
Weight:
133kg 
Riding style:
wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
12 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves, big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 11 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
30+ 
Kite size:
18m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
glide phase
 
ShortLong
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
drift
 
HardSoft
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
lift
 
GradualExplosive
price quality
 
PoorGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 05.11.2017 at 17:53 hour
Comments:
I've been flying the Chrono2 since their launch and previous to that, Chrono1.
I chose the Chrono because of the build quality (Compared to Flysurfer) and high power delivery through virtually any depower setting (at 133kg I need high power consistently).

I fly my 13 15 18 Chrono2 in various conditions, wave, flat and even heavy rain (which kills the response time as expected) and they out perform most other LEI's on the ocean, in speed definitely, boost height usually, and amazing upwind capability. I only twin tip using CARVED and CORE boards, also a 170 2017 Flydoor in the mix.

The biggest issue is 'Water Relaunch'. If the kite hits the sea they drink the water up like a fine wine. If they're in the ocean more than 1 minute, you're in trouble. By the time you get to the shore (more like dragged) it's usually carrying a half kite full of sea and 5-10kg of sand. Not good.
My kites usually don't hit the sea however, but sometimes if I boost without finding the kites sweet spot (don't properly dial in) then there can be trouble.
All that said, the performance outweighs the pitfalls, and very easy to travel over seas with. 
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Ozone Chrono V2 2016 15m
Name:
Jasper Wilmes 
Weight:
80kg  
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 5 knots up to 10
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
15m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
glide phase
 
ShortLong
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 21.08.2016 at 16:46 hour
Comments:
It was the first time for me using a foil kite as I'm usually kite with a tube kite. I tested the Ozone Chrono in combination with a flyboard on a hard sand beach on Schiermonnikoog Paal 3. Compare to a tube kite the Ozone had an great and smooth lift what makes the kite perfect for making low jumps with a long airtime. Subsequently the Chrono is beautifully moving through the air and gives a relaxed impression. However the timing in jumps is quite specific and completely different compare to tube kites. All in all, the Ozono Chrono is in my opinion a great kite for light wind sessions and long airtime. Thanks for testing the kite!


Jasper Wilmes 
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Ozone Chrono V2 2016 15m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
92 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 5 knots up to 8
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
15m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
up wind
 
HardEasy
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
drift
 
HardSoft
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kitefinder.com - 21.04.2016 at 22:10 hour
Comments:
Had a great session with the Ozone Chrono V2 15m in very light wind riding a hydrofoil. This combination is great. The long powerful strokes of the Chrono give you enough time to waterstart and start foiling. We also tested a Tube kite 15m with 28m lines. Foiling was possible, but in the 5-7 knot range the tube kites are too heavy, you can't relaunch them when they hit the water. The Chrono was still relaunch-able. So great low-end and great relaunch for the Chrono.
The V2 stands for the second kite serie and the most important new feature is the stability. No wing tip collapses any more, like the older V1 had.
What surprised me was the possibility of jumping. The hydrofoil delvers enough speed & kite pressure to jump. The V2 has enough float to give you airtime for tricks! IN 5-7 KNOTS!!! Crazy combination! Loved it! 
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Ozone Chrono V2 2016 15m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
15m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
windrange
 
LimitedWide
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 09.10.2015 at 17:05 hour
Comments:
Had a short ride with the new Ozone Chrono V2. The conditions where pretty high end for the 15m. Big floaty airs as result. The most noticeable compared with the older Chrono is the stability. This is much better. The tips doesn't collapse any more, the kite profile stays steady. Incredible is the upwind performance and Gliding phase. If you like to jump big floaty airs and you don't mind to deliver on turning speed. You have to try the new Chrono V2. 
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