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Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus Kitesurfing Kite

Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus Kitesurfing Kite

       


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Price: £1,815.00 Ex VAT: £1,512.50
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Description
Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus Kitesurfing Kite
Comes complete with bar & Lines

Sizes: 12m, 15m, 18m, 21m


The Speed 4 Lotus is the most anticipated kite launch in a long time for Flysurfer fans. It has been years in the making, and after the incredible success of the Speed 3, a tall order to make any improvements. Obviously the design team have made improvements in both materials and design leading to the incredible new Speed 4 Lotus. The name Lotus reflects the new material used for the canopy.


Maximum Performance

The Speed4 Lotus is the most performance orientated kite that we have ever had at Flysurfer. The Speed product line has become a synonym for pure performance, ever since its introduction in 2001. A sleek and stretched out machine ensuring low-end performance, maximum upwind ability and airtime. The key to the sustained success of the Speed line was the continuous improvement of the overall performance – “power is nothing without control” could have been the slogan for the Speed3. Turning ability, handling, stability and depower have reached a very high level. With the Speed4 Lotus, we were able to gain another step in both “power” as well as “control”. The improved design and profiles in conjunction with the new Lotus cloth push the boundaries of low-end, upwind, lift and hangtime one more time.


The Best Materials

At Flysurfer we have always set high standards on quality and durability. With the Speed4 Lotus we bring this philosophy to the next level. The highlight is use of a completely new type of cloth material with a so-called lotus effect, an industry first in kiteboarding. This material is not only extremely airtight and has excellent water- and stain-resistance, it is so smooth that we can not even print on the kite. The Lotus cloth is a staggering 25 percent lighter than our already very light deluxe cloth! This weight reduction means: the kite is flying even earlier, can be packed-up smaller, is easier than ever before to get out of the water and the cloth remains airtight even after countless hours of flight time – maintaining the same performance as the day you bought it.. For the Speed4 Lotus we are also introducing thinner, low-resistance flying lines. The new lines are even stiffer but much thinner, while retaining the same breaking loads as before. The Speed4 Lotus will use the Frontline Safety as the default safety system, however a 5th line safety (FDS) will be offered as an optional accessory. To round the complete package off, the Speed4 Lotus will be offered with the 6 month Free Repair Warrantee as well!


Uniqueness

Flysurfer has always chosen its own unique way. Product cycles of two, three and sometimes even more years are normal for us. We follow an improvement-oriented approach to development, meaning we only release products when significant progress has been made. The Speed4 Lotus flies even earlier, is more stable in the sky, turns better and also jumps higher than its predecessor. Through the use of Lotus-cloth for the first time in a kite product, we were able to increase the longevity of the kite and the special material properties are simply amazing … You’ll feel it. The new 18.0m2 will be the desired size between 15.0m2 and 21.0m2 for many … we are convinced that the Speed4 Lotus will make your next kite session an unforgettable experience.


The Ready-to-Fly Speed4 Lotus package consists of:

1x Speed4 Lotus kite
1x Infinity 2.0 Control Bar with 21m flying lines
1x Accessory Kit (including Safety Leash, Repair Kit, Suicide Loop, Sandbag, Depower line, Spare Part Lines and additional replacement parts)
2x Gear Guides (Kite & Bar separately)
1x Speed4 Bag
6 month Free Repair Warrantee by Flysurfer


Technical Features

Unbelievable low-end
The Speed4 Lotus reduces the minimum wind requirements considerably. Especially in combination with high-performance kite race boards and hydrofoils this advantages is very noticeable.

Maximum performance
The optimized and smoother profiles of the top and bottom sails as well as the reduced line drag effect, have a noticeable effect on the total performance of the wing. Thanks to these new technologies, a significant increase in performance has been achieved on the Speed4 Lotus.

Lotus cloth
Thanks to our new Lotus cloth water and dirt is repelled from the kite in an unprecedented fashion. The air tightness of this new cloth is second to none. The fabric is very sleek and makes for an extremely smooth top and bottom sail. The Lotus cloth material is 25 percent lighter than our popular deluxe cloth, this advantage is clearly noticeable: earlier flying, tighter turning and more stability, just to name a few.

Reduced pack-size
Because of the Lotus cloth, packing size is again significantly reduced, so your kite luggage will become even more compact.

Optimized sizing
The Speed4 Lotus sizing is divided in constant 3m² steps, which makes building your kite quiver even easier.

High performance flying lines
Thanks to new Dyneema core fibers, we could reduce the diameter of the new high-performance lines significantly, creating less drag, while retaining the same breaking loads of the lines.

Uniform Bar setup
The Speed4 Lotus Infinity 2.0 Control Bar uses the 1m long leader lines of the CRONIX. This allows the control bar to be used on both kites. It is only necessary to ensure that the stopper knot is set to the longest FLS position of the kite which is used.

Optional 5th line safety
By default, the Speed4 Lotus is equipped with a frontline safety (FLS). For fans and supporters of the fifth line safety system, we have developed a FDS upgrade-kit, which can be ordered in our online-shop or at a Flysurfer dealer near you.

Quality of workmanship and durability
The product-life and the value sustainability of our products is very important to us. The Lotus cloth has superb durability values despite its lightness, offering extreme performance even after many kite sessions.


Infinity 2.0 Bar
The Speed4 Lotus package is completed with our proven Infinity 2.0 Control Bar which has been impressing riders since its introduction to the market. Key features include our safe & dependable quick release and super smooth line untwisting function even after endless rotations.


6 month Free Repair Warrantee by Flysurfer


Differences between the Ozone Chrono kites and the Flysurfer Speed 4 kites

At King of Watersports we wanted to find out what the major differences between the Ozone Chrono and the Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus kites. This will give you information on which kite to pick depending on your level and the style of riding you are into.
This year both Ozone and Flysurfer have the same sizing options, The Lotus and the Chrono kites are available in 12m, 15m and 18m. Flysurfer are also offering a 21m version of the Speed 4 Lotus.  

The new 2014 Ozone Chrono kite

When you look at the two kites side by side you immediately see the differences in aspect ratio. The Ozone Chrono has a thinner profile and a higher aspect ratio than the Flysurfer speed 4. The result is the Chrono will be a more race orientated – high performance kite than the Speed 4. With the higher aspect kites the general results are faster through the air but slower in the turn. So a high aspect ratio kite will be better for course racing as you will be able to go faster from one point to another. With the higher aspect Ozone Chrono hang time is extremely impressive. For more experienced riders the Ozone Chrono is definitely one of the fastest kites out there. For very light wind performance and pure straight line speed the Chrono is going to be on the watch list of many riders. The Chrono is a very solid kite, but is definitely aimed more at the speed freaks rather than general freeride. The Chrono is available with two bar options, a freeride and a race setup. The racing gives the ability to depower the kite much easier without having to reach further up the bar, therefor you do not have to lean forward and take the weight off the edge when racing. One of the kite surfers here at King of watersports (Charlie) has ordered an 18M Ozone Chrono with the aim of being powered up in summer sea breezes. After speaking to him he has combined this kite with a Cabrinha Alias (Basically a half-way house between a race board and a surf board) When the sea breezes arrive I aim to be going out and being powered in 9 to 10 knots, but this is impressive when you hear the fact that he is 105KG! I still have an Ozone Zephyr in my quiver but this Ozone Chrono will be even more efficient and ever more powerful , unlike the Zephyr I will be getting overpowered when the wind picks up to 14 to 15 knots! 

The new 2014 Flysurfer Speed 4 kite

The Speed 4 Lotus is more of a freeride kite. Although still being classed as a high aspect kite it is much lower aspect then the Chrono. It is easier to use and you will need generally less experience to fly the kite than with the Ozone Chrono. It is more user friendly whilst still maintaining good performance. Because of the profile the Speed 4 seems to behave better on the ground and during inflation. For riders wanting to hit the snow, mountains and beach without needing to be the fastest in a straight line this could be a better option.

In Summary they do not directly compete with each other. If you want a race performance kite with huge jumps and low end performance then steer towards the Ozone Kite and if you want an easier to use freestyle orientated kite then edge towards the Flysurfer kite.

We have demo kites arriving shortly so please call if you have any more questions or if you want to speak to people who have tried both options.



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