Lots of available sheeting power, easy jumps and quality hangtime
THIS TEST FIRST APPEARED IN KITEWORLD #104 IN MARCH 2020
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TESTED BY: CHRIS BULL AND JIM GAUNT. FIND THEIR DETAILS AND TEST SCORE BREAKDOWNS HERE.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
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Our first point about the kite is related to the bar and is quite a noticeable distinction in relation to most other freeride and / or jumping kites; the Hyper has quite a short sheeting throw. For a kite that delivers quite a lot of low end power, the Hyper is better suited to riders who prefer to ride with some constant element of power.
The relationship between sheeting power and turning power is quite unique on the Hyper. There’s lots of available power on tap when sheeting to get you going very early and then the higher aspect bow-style shape drives forward into the wind nicely, powering you upwind. Unlike many kites of this ilk that we’ve seen over the years, the steering response is rapid and the kite’s actual turning speed is quite quick. The Hyper isn’t too pivotal though and continues a nice arcing drive forward through the turn. It doesn’t give you a big yank when it goes… especially in relation to how much you might expect given the available sheeting power.
The Hyper will appeal to averagely sized or bigger intermediates who are looking for plenty of sheeting drive, but perhaps are also a bit apprehensive about throwing the kite quickly into turns.
Good lift performance in combination with plenty of on-demand power and the ability to throw the kite around without getting yanked about means that, although the Hyper is a butch, strongly powered kite, it’s also very usable. When you’re coming down from a jump or transition, adding a little downturn to propel you forward out of your tricks isn’t unnerving. Some kites that deliver a lot of sheeting power feel quite meaty at the bar when you want to attempt some quick loops of the kite. Many also falter and stutter pivotally around their turns. The Hyper is playful around the turns because the steering is quite effortless, on demand and with no lag.
Where you’ll reach the limit is when you start needing to sheet out hard in the gusts. As mentioned, the Hyper doesn’t sheet out to zero power, so there will be times when you need to use strong edging technique to help drive the kite forward to a less powered area of the wind window. This is however one of the best performing kites for low end power. When everyone else is out trying to get going on their nine metres in 18 knots, you’ll have 15% more performance. Just be aware that you’ll need to change down a size sooner. The Hyper’s continual power delivery is comfortable and can help with certain aspects of your riding if you’re using the kite in its main range. The Hyper’s short throw keeps your riding stance upright, so you can maintain control over your edging. When you pop over a kicker it’s very easy to maintain momentum when you land, rather than losing all your momentum if you sheet out too far. Riding flow comes more naturally.
We should mention the Sculp at this stage, another CrazyFly kite that we’ve tested for many years and very much mixes great jumping ability with decent sheet-and-go power. It also has more shut-off depower and is the more all-round kite in the range; more suited to you if you’re wanting to foil and play around in waves as well as shred on a twin-tip.
Back to the Hyper: A King of the Air rider like Posito Martinez can get mind blowing height from this kite, but he does so by using lots of leg strength and edging skills to drive against the Hyper’s awesome power at its top end. We’re aiming to squeeze out the details of performance here for regular riders, not pros, in more normal conditions. The Hyper delivers more than average lift in normal winds even in the hands of very average riders and everything happens smoothly. Where it really excels for us, however, is combining that easy lift and good hangtime with steering manoeuvres.
This is one of the best kites for learning tricks like back roll hand drag kite loops. Drift the kite overhead, sheet in a little and you’ll feel a lovely extended lift in your harness. Look over your back shoulder, reach your arm down, lift your board up and when you see your new riding direction over your shoulder, give a pull on the back of the bar and the kite will loop around in a beautifully smooth way. It won’t inject a big pull to knock you off balance, but you’ll enjoy a constant drive to help you finish your rotation and land cleanly, heading towards the kite.
Those air style sort of tricks need the kite to deliver hangtime and then a responsive, smooth movement. That relationship is sometimes hard to come by. The bar is robust and has a carbon fibre inner shell, so is light in your hands and has a lovely smooth rubber grip. Everything’s very neat, well sized and the centre-lines are plastic covered. The push-away release has a big bracket to grip in your hands, clicks back together very simply and has a decent sized swivel above it for untwisting your lines.
This is a pure twin-tip freeriding kite with a difference. Superbly built, lacking nothing in terms of features, the Hyper also comes with a three year warranty.
Lots of available sheeting power, easy jumps and quality hangtime. The stand out element is in the relationship between sheeting power and very manageable but exciting turns that won’t yank you about when doing transitions, loops and kite loops. There’s good range on the Hyper, starting with an excellent low end so, unless you’re very experienced and wanting to hold huge amounts of power for the biggest jumps, then be prepared to change down a size earlier. For 18 – 25 knots this kite is great and, in general, the Hyper will be a winner for anywhere that the wind doesn’t get too strong. It’s a Caribbean dream.
Looping the kite out of transitions and having the confidence to play with all sorts of different timings for back roll kite loop style tricks. Especially good performance in lighter to mid range winds when the hangtime performance can outshine many other kites.
KW WOULD CHANGE:
For lighter riders and those with less experience, the Hyper could do with a few more inches of depower throw.
HYPER BALANCE POINTS:
Build quality: 8.5
Full package: 8.5
Low end: 9
Top end: 6.5 Good riders can trim it and manage it better Steering speed: 6
Turning circle: 5
Bar pressure: 5.5
Water relaunch: 8.5
Ease of use: 7 – The fact that the Hyper holds on to some power, particularly when powered up, means basic riders will find it too much at times. Better riders will find it easier and will enjoy the flow.
SIZES: 15, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8 and 7m
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