Those things I felt we could improve. The Flex Strut material definitely gave a good comfortable bar feeling, but it limited the turning speed of the kite when it was heavily loaded up. Often, especially on Maui, the Winds are side on-shore, where you actually want to whip your kite through the wind window, and at the same time, being able to sheet out, de-power, and have it pivot on a dime. With this you are able to time the section and position and place yourself in the right spot on the wave.
We also tested different variations of this hybrid strut, such as 50% Flex Strut material and 50% Penta TX and it ended up being different on different sizes of kites. On the bigger sizes there is less Flex Strut percentage, I think on some of the larger kites its around 80%, Penta TX and 20% Flex Strut at the tip and for the smaller kites it’s more of a 50% / 50% split, because smaller kites turn so quickly already and they can feel more aggressive, that we didn’t want them to feel too hard at the bar. We wanted them to be comfortable to fly, yet still feel direct.
"The turning speed under load has probably doubled in performance as has the turning speed while the kite is de-powered, so it's a whole different kite."