- Naish Shockwave SLE 12m
- Shockwave Pulley Bar
- Kite Bag
- Bar Bag
- Accessories kit (Sticker, Strop, Repair Kit, and repair tape)
This is a good overall package; the bags and pump are of high quality. The bag has 2 large pockets, and a section on each side to hold the pump and the bar, with large mesh vents to allow sand and water to drain out. There are also straps to hold your kite board in place. The only issue with the bag is there are no extra expansion capabilities to allow you to transport the kite with the spars inflated.
The kite is well built with some nice touches such as reinforced wing tips and bumpers on the main bladder. So far it's stood up to inland self launching, crashing on its bladder and being dragged around a field. The only signs of wear are tear are a few grass stains.
This can take a little getting used to and I find the bar pressure quite high. The good thing is there is plenty of room for adjustment, the bar has 3 possible settings and it is possible to switch from the pulley system which is 2:1 to a 1:1 system. This is a little fiddly but has been improved on the 2007 version. The bar has extensions to help set the trimmer strap, the strap it self is protected by a neoprene sleeve. Personally I find the power trimming system fiddly and it's hard to tell how it's set without being able to see the strap.
The kite has 2 safety systems; the first is a push out bar system that uses a stopper. Pushing the bar past the stopper de-powers the kite 100% but still allows it to fly. This system works well and is well used. Unfortunately this has taken its toll, I have found that in really strong winds the bar pressure can release the stopper if hit by a gust. The stopper is very small and hard to re-set with cold or wet hands. There is also a chicken loop safety which is a grab and push away system. This works very well and requires minimal pressure to activate. The only down side is the kite does not come with a leash as default.
If you're unfamiliar with LEI kites the setup is easy thanks to detailed instructions, colour coded lines and idiot proof connectors. The instructions cover all setup options including the bar. The instructions do lack information about parking the kite on the beach and launching instructions. But the kite is aimed at experienced flyers so these are probably not needed by the target audience.
Launching and Landing
In good winds self launching on land is pretty simple once you get the knack but assisted launch is always recommended. Water re-launch is pretty good, and probably slightly better than a C kite. Self landing is very tricky and it's always advised to get help.
The kite is aimed at wave riding, but I use it for kite surfing, buggying and land boarding. It's a very fast kite and has a tendency to want to kite loop if steered really hard. It has great pop and float for jumping and the 100% de-power works great. Inland it handles gust well but will become unsettled it there is a lull. Its probably one of the best kites I have flown for upwind. The only complaint I have is the bar pressure is very high; this is noticeable once you start to try stuff like grabs.
There are a few small issues such as the stopper popping in high winds or gust and the bar pressure. But overall this is a great kite that stands up to abuse of inland flying very well.
By : Steve(Bear)
By sir lancelot
2013 Naish Park 7m + bar
In excellent condition, kite fabric still crisp. This is a kite that has a surprisingly large wind range, is easy to use and gives great boots! I’ve had a lot of fun on this kite. New pulleys on bridle, and added sheath over lines that pulleys run over, meaning no more wear on lines and extended longevity of bridle. Brand new depower rope on bar. 1 small patch repair to canopy. Comes with 5m line extensions (I’ve used these on the kite as an experiment to give it more range in the sky, but it would be more manageable without them).
$500 including bar, line extensions
Will post via E-Go Couriers or cash on pickup. Located in Melbourne. Can deliver if I'm headed your way!
Also selling 9m & 12m Mutiny P-Series, can do a discount for all 3 kites.