We catch up with AARON HADLOW to get his rider review on the new 2022 JUICE D/LAB. Aaron was involved in the development of this groundbreaking new kite so there is no one better to get the low down on how this game-changing new kite performs.
Available in a 13 or 15 meter, how does the kite ride for its size and how does it feel at the bar?
The handling is really incredible, I think that was the first thing we were really impressed with. We had the early 13-meter prototype, when you fly it in the lighter winds and you are flying it, you begin to question if it’s really a 13 meter because it’s so much quicker through the turns and we describe it as being slippery through the air, meaning it travels so fast through the air so you are really able to crank a fast turn. The lightweight material and overall light kite really drives upwards through the wind window, so this power stroke is always delivering power. This is the reason you can keep constant power, even if it’s very light conditions there is enough power and it keeps delivering more and more to the point where you can get on foil in these really light winds. It’s a combination of the whole package that comes together in these super-light winds. Even in stronger winds or say, you want to take the 15 with a twin tip then the kite still handles really well. If you have a bit more power you can click the bar or depower, but the handling remains amazing. They are some incredible kites that work in a variety of conditions.
Speaking to designer Ralf Grosel, he mentioned that the 13 and 15 are built for different purposes, can you explain to us how each size differs?
Yeah, I think they are slightly different in the fact that if you are looking more towards a 15 meter, it's likely you might be a heavier rider and you are looking to get going in really light conditions. We gave the 15 meters a little bit more grunt and a little more low-end performance to get going. But again you can then take a little depower out of the kite and that handling comes back to you, even for a lighter rider. I would agree that the 15 is more pushed towards twin tip riding as you want a bit more power, it still jumps well and is still very fast for a 15 meter, it's not what you would expect. The 13 is a really high-performance kite in the light wind, especially for the foilers. I would say you don’t really need that extra 2 square meters, the 13 being that little bit more agile, you can generate the extra power through apparent wind and the speed of the kite. I would say the targets and goals for each kite were different but they both keep the feel and DNA of the Juice on both models. As I mentioned before, for myself I prefer the 13 square meters, I’m 75kg and don’t need the extra power, the 13 works great in super light winds for me for the foil and when it picks up for the twin tip so that’s my choice of the two, but definitely, the 15sqm is an awesome kite and will suit many riders.
Thank you Aaron for taking the time to talk us through your thoughts on the new Juice D/LAB.
Thanks, it was good, get out there and give it a go, I think it’s going to change the world!