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Riding type: Allround/Starters
Year: 2010
Brand: Ozone
Size: 04m, 06m, 08m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
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SLE kite for beginning to advanced kitesurfers

Designers Goals

A kite for entry level kitesurfers, freeriders and waveriders. An allround kite which is easy to handle and relaunch. The same feeling for all sizes. Ozone uses durable materials in the Catalyst to enfors it and increase kite endurance. Entry level kite that with enough performance to allow major growth of the rider.

Details:

Riding type: Allround/Starters
Year: 2010
Brand: Ozone
Size: 04m, 06m, 08m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 25m
Bar length: 50cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Pull
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: Yes

Ozone Catalyst 10m

Test conditions:

Wind: 4-5 Bft. / 12-18 Kts.
Location: Open sea, Lake

Conclusion:

When Ozone developed the 2010 Catalyst they set themselves the goal to create a light and dependable kite.  They succeeded in both. 
The Catalyst is light, something you feel immediately once inflated.  By using durable materials in a three strut setup they saved quite some weight.
The Catalyst is both an entry level and performance kite. The Catalyst is easy to control and safe to use  due to the gradual power buildup. As a wave kite it's dependable and with its four line bar safer than 5 lines when crashing the kite in the waves. One thing we did notice is that the turning circle is a bit large, but this can be compensated by providing it with a more extreme steering input.  Steering commands are directly translated into action, so a very responsive kite. On top of that you'll find the 2010 Catalyst to be stable and completely depower able.

So looking at all characteristics we believe that this is a kite suitable for beginning kitesurfers and freeriders.

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Oldskool

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Low-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

Wave

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Going upwind

Hard Easy

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