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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Flexifoil
Size: 05.5m, 07m, 08.5m, 10.5m, 12.5m, 14.5m
Type: SLE
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Allround SLE kite

Designers goals

New for the 2010/11 season, Flexifoil presents the next stage of the Ion range. We don?t believe in change for change's sake, but continually improving on what we know works. That's why with the Ion you'll find a number of refinements in quality and performance to give you a product that's of the usual high Flexifoil standards. This is evolution, not revolution. Continuing to deliver the combination of C-kite feel and Hybrid performance that the Ion has provided in the past, this season's revision promises unique enhancements throughout the kite designed to focus its strength to your style of riding. The Ion delivers fast, positive and progressive steering, enabling you to turn quickly into jumps with constant strength, power and lift, and giving great hangtime and the freedom in the air to excel beyond what you thought possible. The Ion fits naturally onto Flexifoil's well established bar system, delivering just the right amount of bar pressure and feedback and giving you exceptional control and feel of the kite throughout your ride. If you're already kitesurfing and need a kite that'll support you in pushing beyond your existing limits into a new world of skill and enjoyment, then there is no better choice than the Ion.

 

Technical Information by Flexifoil

Performance

The new ION is a supreme achievement in quality and performance, accomplished through attention to the finest detail whilst meeting every existing Flexifoil standard in excellence.

Exceptional Design and Construction

The new ION features a six strut layout with refined aerofoil shape, giving extra support between the leading edge and trailing edge and keeping feedback from the kite direct through the lines and to the bar. Flying this kite is effortless, allowing you to concentrate fully on your next move.
The simplified bridle system creates a perfectly balanced pull, meaning the pulley hardly needs to move. Multiple front and rear connection points let you customise and tune the kite to your individual style, giving you that extra competitive edge.
The ION?s anti-flutter trailing edge battens are designed to eliminate vibrations occurring as the trailing edge changes shape during a driving turn, avoiding any unnecessary turbulence and giving you a smoother, more predictable ride.

Superior Material Standards

Flexifoil refuses to sacrifice on kite quality for a few extra pennies, and the ION is no exception to this rule. Using premium Teijin T9600 materials for longevity and UV protection, Dimensions Polyant Dacron® for the perfect balance between stability and stiffness on the Leading Edge, and Kevlar-Neoprene reinforcement patches over every circumferential seam we?ve continued to develop robustness and durability within the ION.
With the ION, Flexifoil is proud to use 110 micro TPU bladders, as opposed to the industry standard of 90. In simple terms this means you have the peace of mind of a more puncture resistant, longer lasting bladder.

Intelligence and Simplicity

The new ION continues with the EZ Single Point Inflation system to make your life simpler. The addition too of a dump valve on each wing tip means you can roll the kite in either direction at the end of a session, giving you an extra few precious minutes on the water. With the ION?s ease of set-up and pack-down, you?ll be first out and last in.

Thorough Testing

As with all Flexifoil products, our testing is intense. Our ION continues to meet our Molten Bladder endurance standards of 120°C. Further, the reinforced Dacron Leading Edge construction has achieved new levels of strength, showing a 40% increase in air pressure required to destroy the test samples.

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Flexifoil
Size: 05.5m, 07m, 08.5m, 10.5m, 12.5m, 14.5m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 6
Colours: Various
Bar length: 48cm-54cm
Line length: 20m-22,5m
Bar: 4 and 5 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: n.a.
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: Yes

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