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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: Flysurfer
Size: 06m, 09m, 12m, 15m, 18m, 21m
Type: Foil
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Rider Profile

Riders who searching for a big wind & usability range, love to glide big airs with soft landings and want to ride in different kinds of terrain. (land, snow and water)

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

FLYSURFER is a pioneer of its industry, constantly exploring new paths that lead to progress. The creation of the SPEED5 once again proves the success of this approach, to open up new dimensions.
After a 10 year success story, the FLYSURFER classic “SPEED” receives a facelift and convinces with improved performance and use-ability. As an excellent all-round kite the SPEED5 is the perfect choice for every kiter.

Usability Features

Access all Area
The SPEED5 is the best kite system for the highest all-round performance on any terrain and for every ability level. The SPEED5 is a true multi-talent on the water. This big-air and hang time giant also convinces through its characteristics as a chilled cruiser and a simple re-launcher. On land, the SPEED5 is the first choice for freestyle kite land boarders and buggy-kiters. The strong material and its robust construction is ideal even for your roughest sessions. The SPEED5 is a safe companion for snowkiting. Even in gusty conditions its stability and reliable performance allows pure stoke.

Range of Use
Combining all strengths of its forerunner with the newest features, the SPEED5 offers an incredible range of use, from low-end to strong winds, making it suitable for both rookies and experienced riders. High stability, effortless steering, easy relaunch and a strong depower enable the SPEED5 to be extra controllable and thus very safe. The ideal kite for both rookies and experts. The SPEED5 offers the largest wind range of all FLYSURFER products.

Big Air
The development team emphasized easy handling of the SPEED5. Because of its steady increase of lift, take-offs and high controllable jumps are made easy. An aspect ratio of 6.15 in combination with an optimized profile and rigid-foils increase the glide ratio. In comparison to the SPEED4 this results in a stronger kick, increased jumping height, hang time and an even slightly better upwind performance.

Travel comfort

FLYSURFER’s virtue is to enable customers to travel light and comfortably. For that reason the SPEED5 has light and small packaging. The light weight allows easy transportation - whether it is for your adventure holidays or business trips. In addition, the kite bag features enough space for even more kites.

Technical Equipment Features

The technical features are generated from many years of experience of the FLYSURFER developing and workshop team and their close collaboration.

DLX+ Cloth
The DLX+ cloth is FLYSURFER’s newest cloth material and has exclusively been developed for the SPEED5. Its base fabric is stronger and with improved air density due to optimized coating. This prolongues the durability and restistance of the canopy to aging. Additionally the cloth features shiny fresh colors.

Strong Construction
The new internal construction raises the quality of FLYSURFER foil kites to a new level. Double-stitched seams and extra taped ribs and straps provide even more stability.
Automatic Drainage System
Our reliable drainage system is integrated into the canopy of the SPEED5. Openings that are about the size of a hand are located on both ends of the trailing edge near the tips. They allow water and sand to be drained automatically, without influencing the performance of the kite.

Triple Depower Technology
1. Depowering by pushing away the bar, modifies the angle of attack
2. The second depower option on the SPEED5 involves the adaptive canopy curve. By simply moving the bar, the kite bridle gradually modifies the canopy curve of the kite and thus influences the power of the kite
3. Through modification of the mixer the airfoil camber adjusts to the wind conditions. For light winds a bulbous airfoil camber is beneficial whereas a flat airfoil camber is best for strong winds.

LIROS Dyneema Lines
FLYSURFER Kiteboarding trusts in the lines of LIROS that are produced in Germany with a high quality standard. Thanks to their strong Dyneema core fibers, a reduced line diameter is possible while maintaining equal breaking strength.

Optional 5th Line
By default the SPEED5 is equipped with a Front Line Safety (FLS). For sympathizers of the fifth line safety system, we have developed a Full Depower Safety (FDS) upgrade-kit, which is available in the FLYSURFER online-shop or at a dealer.

Double Cordwise Ballooning
The Double Cordwise Ballooning technology ensures the canopy inflates into the designed 3D shape. This means that exact calculations of profiles and seams are implemented, minimizing creases in the cells and therefore ensuring the optimum in aerodynamics, glide ratio and low-end performance.

Rigid Foil Technology (RFT)
The Rigid Foil Technology reduces wrinkles in the cloth on the leading edge. This results in reduced aerodynamic drag and thus increasing the lift of the kite. As a result, the kite translates every gust of wind into propulsion without deforming the canopy. Over all, the RFT increases the kite dynamics while maintaining a light weight and a small in pack size.

Uniform Bar Setup
Our Infinity 3.0 Control Bar system is designed to be used on all FLYSURFER kites. It is only necessary to ensure that the stopper knot is set to the longest FLS position of the kite of choice

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: Flysurfer
Size: 06m, 09m, 12m, 15m, 18m, 21m
Type: Foil
One pump: not in place
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: not in place
Colours: Various
Line length: 21m
Bar length: 35cm - 45cm
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: Yes

There are 4 reviews on this product:

Flysurfer Speed5 2016 15m
Name:
Daan Nieuwendijk 
Weight:
85 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 18 knots up to 24
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
15m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
glide phase
 
ShortLong
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
up wind
 
HardEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 28.07.2016 at 13:17 hour
Comments:
I tested the Speed 5 15m in 20 knots on land with a flyboard.

In this winds you realy feel the peformance of the kite. The speed 5 gives a great feedback on the bar even with its low barpressure. I trusted the kite soon and thereby I feld confidenced to learn new tricks.

The kite reacts fast but stears smooth and builds its power gradually.

The glide fase of the speed 5 in so great!! Most fun kite for airstyle and long slide tricks.

I really enjoyed flying with the kite! 
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Flysurfer Speed5 2016 15m
Name:
Tim Verkerk 
Weight:
80 kg 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 17
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
15m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
glide phase
 
ShortLong
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
up wind
 
HardEasy
durability
 
ShortLong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kitefinder.com - 26.07.2016 at 17:04 hour
Comments:
I tested the kite on land while flyboarding in a good 4bft. That's when I think this kite is at it's best. It has a great lift for oldschool tricks and doing some slow but smooth slides on the surface. The kite feels really friendly and it's very easy to progress with this kite because of it's great performance and easy handling. 
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Flysurfer Speed5 2016 15m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 6 knots up to 10
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
15m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
drift
 
HardSoft
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 21.07.2016 at 17:23 hour
Comments:
Had a few low wind sessions with the new Flysurfer Speed 15. Was on a hydrofoil & mountainboard. Both in < 10 knots. The new Flysurfers Speed 5 has a wider wind window than the Speed4. The new Speed crawls more to the edge. Meaning more de-power, is a bit more technical and has probably a wider windrange.  
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Flysurfer Speed5 2016 09m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
92 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
15 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 16 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
09m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
up wind
 
HardEasy
glide phase
 
ShortLong
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
kitefinder.com - 10.04.2016 at 14:57 hour
Comments:
Tested the 9m Speed5. First impression? Fast reaction & Stable!
Can the foils beat the tubes? Let's settle the age-old question! It just depends on riding style. What do you like to feel & how do you use your kite! If you like the old school floaty jumps, transitions and board slides. This 9m Speed5 is for certain a kite to try. Compared with the Speed4, the Speed5 has a thinner shape. Makes the wind window wider what makes is easier to go upwind. The Speed5 is also much faster in its steering reaction. Makes this kite more playful as any foil I had in my hands.
Speed5 vs Sonic FR. The Speed5 is less high-end, more forgiven & easier to handle!

So as I see it, the new Flysurfer Speed5 is a great upgrade of the Speed4. Same great stability, more steering speed & better upwind performance. 
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