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Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2020
Brand: Ozone
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m
Type: SLE
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Designers goals (manufaccturer text)

SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION SIX YEARS AGO THE REO HAS BEEN THE REFERENCE FOR PURE WAVE RIDING, SETTING THE BENCHMARK IN PERFORMANCE AND FEELING. 

The Reo’s unique flying characteristics allow you to maximize the potential of every wave, giving you the freedom to smash the lip, clear a section, carve turns or snap in the pocket. Fast direct handling and perfect drift combined with amazing de-power and the ability to absorb gusts means you can choose exactly where you want to place yourself on a wave to make that next move.

The Reo V5 features our innovative Variable Bridle Geometry (VBG). The new bridle settings extend the kites operating range, bringing another level of versatility to this already outstanding design.

SETTING 1: The way we know and love the Reo - a balanced and refined feeling from the kite with good forward speed perfect for most conditions, and excelling in cross to cross-off winds. The kite can sit further to the edge of the wind window when de-powered, drifting as you ride down the line. Setting 1 is the upper knot on the VBG Pigtails.

SETTING 2: A new feeling and characteristics - the kite sits a little further back in the wind window and tackles onshore conditions with ease. Increased bar pressure improves feeling from the kite when a wave is pushing with the wind. If you prefer a slightly heavier feel this could be the setting for you. Setting 2 is the lower knot on the VBG Pigtails.

The Reo V5 features our new stronger and lighter strut construction. The wingtip shape has also been refined with our new tapered tip and slim line deflector. We understand the importance of aerodynamics and weight saving especially on a kite where drift is imperative, so every detail has been refined to be as light as possible while maintaining the strength and integrity you expect from an Ozone product. 

We’ve maintained the quick and easy re-launch - by turning the bar or using the Re-launch Balls on the leader lines, the Reo V5 will roll over and take off from the water in an instant. This is especially helpful if you’re stuck in the impact zone and need to get out of there fast!

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Video Ozone Reo V5

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Wave
Year: 2020
Brand: Ozone
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 12m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: n.a.
Bar length: 35cm - 45cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: n.a.
Oh shit handles: No

There are 1 reviews on this product:

Ozone Reo v5 2020 08m
Name:
stefarius 
Weight:
93 
Riding style:
wave  
Years of experience:
21 
Personal page:
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 19
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
08m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
drift
 
HardSoft
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
boost
 
SoftStrong
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
kitefinder.com - 09.03.2020 at 23:25 hour
Comments:
Had 2 sessions with the new Reo. One on a foil and one on a surfboard. Around 4/5 bft. Tested the Reo next to the Alpha. Big difference! The Reo is a specialist. A technical kite that can use some experience. Powerful, fast and sometime a moment of slack (good for waveriding) harder for less experienced riders especially on a foil. Really take the Alpha if you gonna foil. For the waves the Reo is great, lots of low-end power (more than the Alpha, we tested them head to head), fast turning with strong power building in a small stroke. Playful, but not really forgiven. So if you are a experienced wave rider take the Reo, otherwise the Alpha would be my choice of kite. 
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