Saturday, June 22, 2024
Kitesurfing ReviewsKite ReviewsOCEAN RODEO / Roam A-Series 

OCEAN RODEO / Roam A-Series 

Sizes Tested(m): 10 / Sizes Available(m): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 / Control Bar: Stick Shift 3.0 

Constructed with the new Aluula fabric, the Roam A-Series kite redefines slack line drift capability and opens new parameters of performance for waves and foil riding. 

The new Ocean Rodeo Roam A-Series kite expands its performance with some remarkable weight reduction and a stiffer and more reactive frame provided by the revolutionary new Aluula fabric. This new stiff, light and strong material is used in the struts and leading edge, replacing the traditional Dacron used in most kites. The Roam kite design features a lower aspect ratio and deep canopy profile shape that’s capped with wide and squared off wingtips. It is framed with three struts giving it the structure and performances through a huge wind range. With the massive weight reduction and the stiffer and reactive fabric, the Roam has amazing water re-launch capability and can stay airborne in insanely low winds. The balanced lightweight frame floats like none before it, seems almost impossible to overfly itself and rarely will it pitch forward and drop the leading edge down when line tension is reduced. This is a significant advantage for carving turns down the line or when riding a foil as the kite can float in a more inert state allowing the rider to focus on the wave or carving turns. The lightweight floating ability provides new levels of slack line drifting which can take your wave riding and foil cruising to new levels. Reducing weight from kites has been a massive trend for kites that are used in light winds and for foil riding especially. Ultimately, the lighter kites enhance performance by improving drift and balance, increasing low wind range and efficiency, and by being more reactive to steering input in very light winds. The Roam has always been an amazing wave kite, with its enhanced ability to sit back in the window and drift nicely, with lots of instant, depower. With the addition of the Aluula fabric, the Roam now reacts more quickly to turn initiation and can float and drift and disappear for the rider to carve waves and travel and transition on a foil. Not a huge jumping kite but with more focus on depower, and wave drifting with the lighter weight frame, again everything works better. Bar pressure remains moderate to light and the Roam turns smoothly and quickly through its pivot and provides minimum pull through the turn.

DRAWBACKS: The 10-meter Roam has less bottom end grunt than we would like from a kite of its size for foiling.

Best For: Wave riders and foilers will want this kite for its amazing range, slack line drift capability and effortless water relaunch ability.

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