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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2010
Brand: Advance
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08.5m, 10m, 12m, 15m
Type: Bow
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Freeride, allround, race kite by Advance

Designer Goals:

The Kaiman3 has a more open profile which results in less earodynamic drag. The wind-range was thereby increased but the low end remains the same.  The kaiman3 has a constant turning speed.

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2010
Brand: Advance
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08.5m, 10m, 12m, 15m
Type: Bow
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 22m to 25m
Bar length: Depends on kite size
Bar: 5 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: No
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Advance Kaiman3  7m

Test conditions

wind: 5/6 bft  20-28 Knots

location: Surf/waves + Flat water

Conclusion

The Kaiman3 offered a suprise.  Instead of the allrounder which we expected we found a true specialist. The Kaiman3 characteristics give it high scores in the Old-school segment. Overpowered the Kaiman3 is a true glider, if you are looking for a kite to win a Big-air contest this might be the kite for you. The lift is not explosive but gradually brings you to higher altitudes.

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

The low low-end score gives the kite a smaller windrange

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Well engineered safety system

Oldskool

Low-end

Small range Large range

Lift

Gradual Explosive

High-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

Wave

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Race

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Acceleration

Slow Fast

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