Ozone Edge (2011) Hot
Boosting with the Edge is amazing, it fulfills my need to be air born and see the world from another perspective. Sending it on the 9m in 25+ knots is awesome, it explodes off the water and gives me plenty of time and altitude to take it all in. The kite is stable and predictable in the air and super smooth which inspirers confidence to go bigger and bigger and pull off engaging kite loops. Competition sailing has always interested me as it pushes the design and development envelope. Riding a proven World Championship winning design allows me to continue this interest hands on, knowing that I am riding a kite that is at the cutting edge of performance. The power and speed that this kite generates is out of this world! All you have to do is pull the bar in, edge hard and hang on, before you know it you are ripping at ultra high speeds up or down wind!
Average user rating from: 2 user(s)
2012 Ozone Edge
I rode the Cabrinha CB before buying the Edge. Once I rode the edge I sold my Cabrinhas. The Edge never chokes out mid boost and the float is amazing. Easy to relaunch and very easy adjustments to change the performance of the kite. Either at the bar or the kite the time it takes to tune the kite is literally seconds. No pulleys are a great thing too. The pulleys on my Cabrinhas never worked because they were always clogged with sand. The bar pressure on my Ozones is unbelievable. The older Ozones used to pull like trucks and hurt my elbows but the new Edge has completely eliminated the bar pressure. Great low end too on the lighter days. Overall I give this kite a 10. Not the fastest turning kite but the Edge is a race kite so the upwind angle of attack makes edging upwind even easier.
If you want a great upwinding kite with amazing boost, float, and little to no bar pressure then this is the one to go for.
- Light Wind
I tested the Edge 11m over three days earlier this week in a variety of conditions. After the third day I took the demo kite back to the shop and bought one for myself. This is the kite to replace my 13m Slingshot Rev2.
What I was looking for was a 13/15-25 knot kite with good jumping and upwind abilities, and light bar pressure. I considered fast turning and unhooked ability as a bonus, but not a requirement.
The first session was at the low end of the windrange, and although not much exciting was going on with only around 15 knots, even small jumps stunned me with the awesome hangtime.
The second session was in slightly in stronger winds, mostly in the low 20s and up to about 25 knots. I started to really dial in the timing of the jumps and the re-direct, and was amazed at the super soft landings achievable. Even when I stuffed up a jump (quite regularly haha) I would still land softly. It would take an absolute muppet to drop like a rock with this kite (or a snapped line ). In the 25 knot gusts I never felt overpowered, instead of the kite trying to pull me off my edge and spiral me out of control downwind it just pulled me forward faster and faster. The power was totally controllable and addictive. Not once did I even consider trimming the kite. No doubt there is more top-end to be enjoyed. In the strongest gusts, my biggest jumps felt totally controllable and the kite was confidence-inspiring with a long glide and slow descent.
I am going to have to reconsider the safety margin I allow between me and other kiters/obstacles after experiencing the incredible hangtime and glide of the Edge. On Saturday the wind suddenly picked up whilst I was already in the air and I reckon I glided about 35m+ downwind. I landed about 5m from the shore and 10m from another kiter. Sorry mate, my fault. Next time I'll leave a 60m safety margin
Given how far forward in the wind window the Edge flies, it is actually quite disconcerting parking the kite at 12o'clock. This is not something i generally do, but i found it quite interesting with the Edge. It is directly above your head and feels as though at any second it's going to suddenly hindenburg…but it doesn't. It is quite a stable kite considering how high-aspect this kite is, and it is very well behaved. No jellyfishing, no jerky surges forward and backwards in the gusts.
Relaunch is a fair bit slower than what I'm used to with my Slingshot Revs, but so far haven't had any issues in relaunching it. Reverse launches work very nicely on the beach in very light winds (haven't tested reverse launching in the water yet)
I know that the new Ozone bar will have a push away safety release (will it ever make it to production?), but I'm surprised that Ozone still have a pull release. I thought this was the year 2011? Sure, it works, but IMO push-away is much better.
Overall, I'm stoked with the kite. I love the light bar pressure, big jumps, huge hangtime, and great upwind ability. It would be nice if future Edges had better relaunch and Ozone dropped the prices. I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation for why this kite retails for $400+ more than a 12m Reo……
It's a shame this kite is so expensive; I'd love to get a 7m Edge!
Pros: awesome hangtime, great upwind ability, light bar pressure, wide 'sweetspot' windrange, no pulleys (personal preference)
Cons: expensive, relatively slow turning, relatively slow relaunch, prehistoric pull safety release