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So I recently purchased a 13m and 17m strutless BRM Cloud and thought I'd share my review. As background, I am 185lbs, mostly ride surfboards as my daily driver and have a quiver of Caution spitfire kites ranging from 7-12m that I ride in the bay and over at OB.
I've been spending some time down in So Cal and have been trying out various light wind kites to maximize my time on the water. I've demo'd the 2012 Blade Fat Lady, 2013 Slingshot Turbine and Naish Fly in past. None really compare to Cloud for light wind performance. I've taken my 17m Cloud in Venice/Santa Monica in 8-10mphs winds on my surfboard and able to get upwind easily.
Generally speaking it is so rock solid and just wants to stay in air drifting down the line while riding waves even in the lightest of winds. Relaunching and self launching/landing is a breeze.
Best part is I've packed the 17m Cloud, wetsuit, harness, pump, bar into my 11m caution bag so I can bike down for a kite with my surfboard. First time I've been able to pack such a big kite so compact with all my gear in 1 bag. I haven't flown the smaller sizes. For those looking for great light wind kites I would highly recommend them for low end pull and turning ability.
No pictures of the bar on the website.
Nor pricing. Unless I'm blind. Or tired after my 12 hours shift.
Nothing on the "oh shit" system, etc...
Kites: 2017 F-One Bandit: 8m. 2017 F-One Breeze 11m.
Board: 2015 F-One 5'10 Mitu convertible
Harness: Manera Exoharness.
Wetsuit: Manera 5/4/3 X10D
InitIally made some modifications to one of my caution bars and it worked just fine. Then tried the new blade unibar with fat lady settings and preferred that now to go with kite. Any bar that you use to or like will work just fine. Greg the Cloud designer is more than helpful in any questions you might have on setup. When I was over in Maui picking up kites he helped me make correct bar adjustments in person. Additionally he is working on his own bar that Im guessing gets released soon.
Thanks for your impressions. Would love to demo one eventually, though since this is a small shop that's unlikely to happen. Would be nice if he partnered with a big brand that did not cover this niche, so he could use the distribution and marketing.
On the durability side no reports just yet but material quality seems comparable or better to other mainstream kites. I'll report back after season under the belt.
Androka props on photoshop skills!!
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