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SMIK wing

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Created by hilly 1 month ago, 30 Mar 2020
hilly
WA, 5251 posts
30 Mar 2020 8:27AM
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Got to try Scotty's new 6m wing which is due out soon (Covid-19 may slow it up), he has a 4 and 5 as well. Comes in a big backpack which was nice, heaps of room compared to my Ozone bag. Very delta in shape like the Fone wing. Thinner leading edge than my 5m Ozone.

So compared to my 5m Ozone:
+ Hard handles easy to find, really well behaved when depowered riding a swell and transitioning, faster and better upwind (Technically a bigger wing though). Dealt with gusts well not getting overpowered.

- Less handles near the leading edge so harder to gybe, as a 6 it felt it had the power of a 5 (Laid over the top same size hmmm), hard handles a little tougher on the hands (sook I know but used to the soft Ozone handles). Felt a tiny bit heavier than the Ozone but is well constructed.

! Pumped up onto the foil more by speed than power so I got going really easily but the wing did not feel "powerful" if that makes sense, great for transitions as not super sensitive so if you got the wrong handle it did not matter. No window but I really do not think that is an issue (I know others do).

Overall well impressed, very well behaved and with solid construction. Scotty might be able to chime in with when they will be available for a demo which I highly recommend.

Here is Scotty on a proto. The later one only has 1 front handle.


6m laid over the 5m Ozone. Shows delta shape and that it is a similar size.

Piros
QLD, 5837 posts
30 Mar 2020 10:49AM
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Do they come with one of Scotty's awesome life jackets

johndg
WA, 114 posts
30 Mar 2020 9:51AM
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Nice review Hilly.
I recently tried a Naish 5.3 wing having a 4m Duotone. I demoed from the shop (kiteaddiction) and the wind was light. It was around 10 to 12 knots. I thought it would be a waste of time but with time an issue and nothing to lose I pumped it up and assembled my Armstrong 2400 with Fanatic 6,7. The Naish takes a lot more air with the central strut was the first thing I noticed. Lying down it was also more stable in the wind on it's back as the Duotone has a habit of flying easily.
Getting on the board the Naish was stable although the size felt a little larger than I was used to. Standing up I thought that my time would be wasted, I started pumping hard and there didn't appear to be much power in the wing. I gave it another go and it felt much the same but then the board started to come up. **** I didn't think this would happen, so a couple of quick pumps and I am planing. Under sail the Naish is very stable, the hand holds are a little different to a boom but not a big deal.
So I was very surprised that I had a successful afternoon where my Duotone would not have worked. There were a few kiters out - foilers on Flysurfers and Ozones and the pump up 12s were having a hard time.

More time also to deflate with the central strut but can just put it in a bag.

Interesting times with the new generation of hand wings coming through and the evolution of this new sport. Looking to see the new wing boards that may be coming out.

Look after yourselves in these troubling times.

scott mckerc
WA, 235 posts
30 Mar 2020 11:02AM
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They look a bit better inflated:)






hilly
WA, 5251 posts
30 Mar 2020 3:47PM
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scott mckerc said..
They look a bit better inflated:)







Have you got an ETA?

hilly
WA, 5251 posts
2 Apr 2020 4:59PM
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Some better pics here www.instagram.com/p/B-dVhTMjPh0/?igshid=7587mpg0pgsg



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