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  • Steve Porter
    Steve Porter

    Elliot Outback

    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.

     

     

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    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).

     

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    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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