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Riding type: Allround/Starters
Year: 2011
Brand: Ozone
Size: 04m, 06m, 08m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
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The 3 strut allround SLE kite from Ozone

Designer Goals

This is the second year for the Catalyst and it has been improved, even thought the 2010 Catalyst was a succes allready. It's designed for smooth handling, has a huge depower range, easy relaunch and comes with a simple but effective safety system. It comes with new inflate/deflate valves and comes with a briddle system without pulleys (simpler and improved the feedback to the bar). The new strut design improves stability. The Catalyst is the entry kite with potential. Changing the setup will give you more advanced performance.

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Details:

Riding type: Allround/Starters
Year: 2011
Brand: Ozone
Size: 04m, 06m, 08m, 10m, 12m, 14m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Bar length: 45cm-50cm-55cm
Line length: 25m
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Pull
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

Kitetest Ozone Catalyst 10m 2011

What is the kite for?

Easy to use allround kite. It's designed for smooth handling, has a huge depower range, easy relaunch and comes with a simple but effective safety system. The Catalyst is the entry kite with potential. Changing the setup will give you more advanced performance.

Detail photo's

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Conclusion

The Ozone Catalyst is a kite designed for ease of handling, a beginner kite with potential.
For beginning kitesurfers the Catalyst offers some excellent characteristics; easy relaunch, gradual power buildup and  good feedback to let you know where in the wind window your kite is.
Advanced riders will find the high-end of the Catalyst interesting. It’s lift is gradual and there is plenty of feedback, so a good kite to start jumping.
All-in-all a good kite to begin with and learn everything from the basics to jumps.

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Good high-end, low-end less power

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Oldskool

Low-end

Small range Large range

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Glide phase

Short Long

High-end

Small range Large range

Freestyle

Pop (kite stationary)

Gradual Explosive

Unhooked

Difficult Easy

Bar pressure

Heavy Light

Boost (kite in loop)

Softly Explosive

Sweet-spot

Short Long

Wave

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Race

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

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