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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Crazyfly kiteboarding
Size: 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: SLE
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3 strut SLE delta shaped kite

Designers goals

Sculp is a high performance kite for intermediate level riders all the way to experts. It provides all aspects any rider would expect from a high performance kite. Sculp really is something every rider will appreciate.

Flying Abilities
Due to its shape and design, Sculp has can be used for a wide variety of riding styles. It delivers high performance for freeride, freestyle, race and wave riding.

Quick turning response
Speedy profile and light weight of the kite enables the kite to cut faster through air. Special bridle and lines set up provide instant response of the kite to rider’s inputs. It feels like there is not distance between the rider and the kite.

Excellent power for jumping 
The shape of Sculp generates loads of power for jumping. Speedy profile of the kite provides fast, powered kite loops and extra long flights in the air.

Easy relaunch
Just pull on one line and Sculp pops right back in the air. Every rider trying to learn new things will appreciate the simple and quick relaunch of Sculp. 

Depower
Sculp offers a wide range of depower available for comfortable riding. The kite is easily controlled and steered when depowered.

 Speed profile struts
Learning from the airplane and wing design industry we came up with a special speed profile of the struts. This profile shape increases the speed of Sculp rapidly. 

Low profile wingtips
This shape feature of the wing tips gives the kite lower air resistance and enables the kite to fly faster. The low profile wing tips cut through air with minimum resistance and the rider has more control over the kite. 

Bar

crazyfly bar 2011CrazyFly Equip Bar II was carefully developed and designed to be: simple, easy to use, comfortable, safe and of highest quality

Simple and clean design
The designs of every part of the Equip Bar II were kept simple and had to provide the desired effects for maximum performance. This makes the bar very user friendly and simple to use.

Smart Stopper
The stopper can be easily moved along the depower line with one hand using just two fingers. Although it moves easily when pushed with a hand, it does not move an inch if you hit it with the bar. The stopper has a special shape and due to this, it will never slam your fingers between itself and the bar. 

Standard 24m flying lines
All Flying Lines on both 4 line and 5 line Equip bar II are 24 meters long. Therefore all Flying Lines can be easily replaced.

 

 

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2011
Brand: Crazyfly kiteboarding
Size: 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: 45cm-52cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: n.a.
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

Who is the kite for?

Sculp is a high performance kite for intermediate level riders all the way to experts.

Detail Photo's

crazy fly sculpcrazyfly sculp wingtipcrazy fly sculp one pump & inflatecrazyfly safety 2011crazy fly stopper & swivel 2011

Conclusion

Fine characteristics.  However. The inferior finish might put you in danger!!
 
The Crazylfy Sculp is a super fast kite with a very small turning circle.  It is a kite with a number of good characteristics which might appeal to the more advanced rider looking for a playful kite.
However, the quality and finish of this kite is sub-standard, in particular the safety on the bar.  The safety is very prone to ware and will no longer function when the elasticity of the band keeping the safety in place is gone.  When the kite is in the water the pull remains, something which is a potential hazard in deep water. When ejecting the kite, by pulling the safety, the bar is too far away to grab and there is a big chance of the lines getting tangled, this decreases the chance of safely re-launching the kite!
The industry has to ask itself how far they are willing to reduce cost, even when this might result in less durability, ease of use, and most important  safety!
The Crazyfly importer informed us that a new bar is in the making.

 

Basics

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Lot of pressure when the kite is lying leading edge down on the water, swimming against is is hard. Restart is easy

Safety system

Difficult Easy

Poor finishing, safety sensitive for wearing out, using safety little change of restarting the kite

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Stable at the edge of the windwindow

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Total depower, fly the sculp with tension on the steering lines

Oldskool

Glide phase

Short Long

High-end

Small range Large range

Less tension on steering lines, Sculp harder to fly

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Low-end

Small range Large range

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Short depower stroke, no tension on steering lines, you losses steering reaction. Right kite adjustment are importand for performance

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

good feedback with tension on the steering lines

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Fast and direct, it changed during the session (material elasticity?)

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Short in the whole windwindow

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Maximum speed

Difficult Easy

More speed gives more drag

Acceleration

Slow Fast

Going upwind

Hard Easy

Underpowered good upwind characteristics

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