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Ollie, my replacement HF is the same 3rd generation proto as the others...no production kites in Ca yet.
sometimes Gary Bronson...
The whole thing just reminds me of a Dilbert cartoon, where the tech guys are talking out loud about some crazy idea and the sales/marketing guys hear them and start the marketing, then turn around and tell the tech guys they have until June 1 or whenever to make the thing work.
I hope Best is paying all those "investors" who pre-ordered their HF interest on the loan.
After extensive research yielding the conclusion that the patented Cuben material had no equal, an exclusivity agreement was signed between Best Kiteboarding and Cuben Fiber and the Hellfish was announced.Because custom Cuben Fiber made exclusively for Best is so strong, initial Hellfish prototypes were designed to achieve maximum aerodynamic efficiency through ultra-thin leading edges and struts that could hold a higher air pressure to support the shape of the kite (unfortunately, real world testing found that the bladders exploded when pumped up to this pressure).
It astounded the R&D team to find out that the Cuben Fiber material was so structurally sound that the leading edge and struts did not need higher air pressure. The aerodynamically thin leading edge could be preserved without higher than normal pressures (Which is a good thing, because the Hellfish didn't really fly so good when Best told everyone not to pump the bladders up so hard or they would explode).
This is hilarious. The principle is something like "The Hellfish is the best kite on the planet, but we still felt like we had to make something better. But still, you gotta buy a Hellfish to keep you going until the Nemi-flat comes out".
The copy is the writing equivalent of a monster truck radio ad, with lots of tech terms thrown in.
Thanks for the final word. That';s what I gathered later, seems some thought it was production. I posted a correction so as not to spread misinformation.
Just weighed my 2004 Globerider 12m Lift. It weighs nearly the same as the Hellfish
Hellfish 11M = 2.8kg
Hellfish 13M = 3.05kg
Gk Lift 12M= 3.08kg
imaginary 12m Hellfish 2.93kg.
Where is the 70% lighter? Though the cuben fiber is 70% lighter than chikara, icarex, etc. The main weight of lei kites comes from the polyurethane bladders. The present hellfish is only 4.9% lighter than other kites. We'll have to wait and see if the 2006 bladderless ones are truly significantly lighter kites. Yawn..........
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