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  1. Thats not the original GIN I'm afraid. GIN Gliders is a South Korean company famous for their paraglider range and pilots. https://www.gingliders.com/en/ They made a range of kites in the early 2000's which were very popular due to their quality and stability. I had so much fun with them but sadly sold them all when the power kiting here in N. Ireland became an attitude rather than a hobby.
  2. Nice Kites. A little like the Old Ozone LD.....in fact very like them. I agree on the quality bag though.. It is the one that is made and used by Gin Gliders. Seems anything that comes out of the Gin Stable in Korea is super quality.
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    Gin Yoz 3.8M

    Gin are a Korean company who make top notch Para gliders... or so I was reliably informed over a pint in a bar on the west coast of Ireland. I looked them up and thought the new 'Yoz' kites they had developed looked rather interesting. Two weeks later and I had a 3.8m demo Yoz to play with. The full range is: 2.6, 3.8, 4.8, 6.2, 8.5, 10.6m First impressions : The rucksack they come in is the best I have seen yet. Sturdy with drainage mesh and removable Velcro sections for easy access and packing away. I have to admit though that I personally think rucksacks are a bit over the top if you are taking a lot of kites out. On opening the rucksack you are greeted by a white stuff sack with the Gin logo printed on it. Excellent... you can bung all your kites in their stuff sacks into one big bag ! The kite itself is as you would expect from a paraglider company; excellent quality Porcher Marine rip stop and cousin lines. All seams are well stitched and the openings around the vents are reinforced (no Mylar like the Ozone kites though). The cells of the kite have a V shaped underside which Gin claim increases stability and reduces drag. The overall profile of the kite is oval when laid flat.. somewhere between a Blade II and a Little Devil. The lines are good quality although I would like to fly the kite for a few months to see if they equal Ozone quality. The handles are quite small which I think is a good thing in the Buggy. They have a unique feature whereby you can alter the length of the brakes quickly whilst on the move. The brake lines run through the handles from bottom to the top and are connected to the mains which have a small pulley. This allows the brake line which has a number of knots in it to move through a hole in the handle knot by knot which in turn lengthens the main. Or as Gin put it 'you can easily trim your four lines with your kite in the air and change the angle of incidence of your canopy'. The handles are joined by a short strop which looks like it is permanently attached. One other point of interest is that a Swiss company www.paraflysurf.ch has come up with a depower system for this kite which would presumably make it act like an Ozone Frenzy! Flight : I took the 3.8 out in quite light winds for its first flight. Everything staked out, kite sitting nicely, grab handles and a gentle tug sends the kite immediately to the top of the window. A few figure of eights and I was pleasantly surprised by the stability even in light but uneven wind (local playing field with lots of big trees, buildings and turbulence!) A week later I took the kite to the beach to let the local kite nuts have a blast. The wind was around 8-10mph and very clean. I set the kite up and took it for a run I the Vmax... wow! This little kite develops some serious pull. I was conscious of the fact that all eyes were on me so I took it easy on the turns but this kite just wants to rip. After ten or so lengths of the beach I just couldn't hang on any longer so had to take a break. The kite was quickly snatched up by a mate who shot off down the beach at a serious rate. A few minutes later he was back exclaiming 'That bloody kite has more grunt than my Bora's!' Praise indeed. Just about everyone who tried the Yoz was impressed at its stability and power and the swiftness of its turns. Gin is marketing the Yoz as an intermediate kite for buggy, snow and board. I would say they are somewhere between the Little Devil and Razor as far as power goes and definitely one of the most stable kites I have flown. Libre have begun selling them from their German website and if that's not a recommendation of quality then I don't know what is. Pluses Pulls like a trainExcellent build quality Minuses : Permanent stropSome may find the trimming system on the handles annoying Overall You'll see a few of these at your local beach in the very near future. By : Steve Porter
  4. Initial Impressions : When this kite arrived I thought 'Whoa this looks big!' as the bag was nearly my height 186cm. Nothing however could have prepared me for the full 285cm wingspan of this monster. Now don't get me wrong I have a 4.5 Little Devil and have flown bigger kites just not Deltas this big. I then did a quick check to make sure all spreaders and bridles were intact and instructions included. The latter were printed in German but a quick email to the company solved that problem. Setup : The kite is quick and easy to setup once you get used to the new standoff technique. The standoffs on a delta are the little rods that push the sail of the kite away from the cross spars. In other deltas that I have flown these are usually stitched onto the trailing edge of the sail and are popped into a retainer on the cross spar. On the Outback the standoffs are thin fibreglass rods which are inserted up special seams in the kite sail and are then popped into retainers on the cross spar. This serves to give the kite extra stability and hold the sail in place. I attached a pair of 150kilo lines and some straps and ... Flight : The location was Murlough strand Newcastle Co. Down N. Ireland with a SE wind of around 18mph. I stood back and tipped the kite into the wind and was dragged up the beach nearly on my face! Now I weigh 15stone so that is no easy feat for a delta. I realised then why the Outback is called a power delta. Once I had the kite under control it sailed to the top of the window and sat there until I directed elsewhere. I then proceeded to try a few figure of eights and the kite coped well. It also managed a few spins and even recovered from a backward tumble when I ran towards it to make the lines slack. I tried a few tip stands at the edge of the window and only once or twice did the kite show any signs of instability (this I would put down to the fact that the wind was not that clean). Landing was very easy and stable at the edge of the window although I imagine trying this in really high winds on your own would be a nightmare. I couldn't resist the temptation so I turfed my mate out of the Vmax and sat down expecting to be laughed at! Turned the kite into the wind and off I went down the beach. Now this was a new one on my mates (I have since discovered that buggying with a delta is quite common!). I found the Outback to be a very forgiving kite whilst in the buggy and had no problem racing up and down the beach and actually managing swift turns without getting the kite in the wrong part of the window. The Outback is not specifically designed as a stunt kite so you won't be pulling off Lazy Susans or Flick Flacks easily but it certainly entertained me for a few hours until my arms became too tired. Verdict : A brilliant kite. The Outback is built to incredibly high standards and I would recommend it to any kite enthusiast looking for a challenge and something just a little different. By : Steve Porter
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