Ozone Summit 2015 – Designer Tech Talk
Ozone step it up a gear on the snow with the launch of the Summit, their performance snowkite for dedicated and experienced kiters. Like the Access the Summit benefits from their new internal re-ride system and a host of other updates and improvements.
The Summit is for riders with experience and who are looking for a kite to explore the limits of what is possible. The high aspect design, clean sail, de-power range and handling will allow the adventurous to push the boundaries of the sport even further. The Summit has so much potential due to its amazing power generation in light winds but also big de-power in strong winds. Combine that with fast direct handling and you have the ultimate combination for progressive riders.
The design of this kite has been maximized to deliver as much performance as possible for backcountry exploring. Each aspect has been calculated using the latest development techniques to produce a kite that pushes the limit of design. With their new software and years of experience Ozone have put together a unique combination of aspect ratio, cell width, profile and sail tension. They have incorporated technology from their class leading paraglider designs to dramatically improve stability.
The 2015 Summit is also available in an ULTRALIGHT version. This is the same design but produced with high quality ultra light material and with out the blow-out valves to reduce weight and packing volume to a minimum. Made with the same lightweight materials as their worlds lightest Paraglider. To reduce weight and packing volume even further Ozone have changed the bridle lines to unsheathed spliced and stitched Edelrid line. This line is not just lighter and thinner, it also reduces parasitic drag resulting in faster flying and tighter turns.
The difference in weight also greatly improves the flying characteristics of the kite. It will launch in lighter winds, turn quicker and stay in the air longer in gusty conditions. The ULTRALIGHT version is the kite of choice for those who want to explore; it might be mountains you have to skin up before you can kite the ridges or a vast wilderness you are attempting to cross so you want as little weight as possible for those days you have to walk.