Slingshot the new RPM

From Slack to Soar

For years, the RPM was fine-tuned to load, pop and go slack in the air before re-engaging. We had the tuning down to a science, and it helped give multiple freestyle world champions their gold medals. Our mission with the 2019 RPMwas to change that - not to eliminate anything - but to shift the kite’s tuning to where we see the sport shifting. At the level the RPM is designed for that means bigger, better, loftier in-air performance. From slack to soar, the 2019 RPM is the world’s go-to kite for versatile freeride performance.

  • Completely new FlyLine bridle incorporates pulley and bungee for a more direct feel and smoother power delivery in the window. 
  • The Deep-C shape, in the air, gives more overall power, structural stability, hangtime and control. 
  • New Load Shift transfers power and load from wingtip to wingtip resulting in smoother, cleaner, more powerful performance.
  • Bombproof Slingshot engineering and construction, always. 
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Launching with the new RPM we have three of our go-to twin tips for a range of conditions. For light-wind shenanigans, you can’t beat the Glide; for freestyle, freeriding, boosting, big air and crossover versatility, look no further than theVision; and for a user-friendly, all-around ride the Crisis will leave you with no worries in the world.   

2019 TURBINE - POWER FROM THE SOURCE
 
KITES

A new kite design is coming: High Pressure Kite


There were 3 main types of kites marketed today. By chronological order :
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  • ram air kite (similar to paraglider)
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  • inflatable kite (shaped frame) divided in C-shape kite, Bow kite and mix of both
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  • monoskin kite (first marketed in 2013)
Each one has its pros and cons (see here-under chart). 
There has been a few attempts to make high pressure inflatable kites. None went to market.
Although my concept may seem very simple, almost “obvious”, those who attempted to develop a high pressure kite didn't come to the same solutions and failed. Today November 25th 2018, there is no high pressure kite on the market.

The first idea was to find a way to make cheaper kites for the kitesurf market. 
  • shaped tubes are expensive to manufacture, are heavy and their weak point always is the seam.
  • replacing the "classic" inflatable frame by one made of hoses produced industrially would be cheaper
  • there would be no seam so it would be possible to inflate at much higher pressure in order to narrow the diameter, reducing the drag and weight

How to achieve it ? By purchasing custom made rolls of “hose” and making the frame by cutting the roll in parts. The hose frame should have enough flexibility to follow the kite shape.
The “High Pressure kite” concept was born !

Manera: THE ECLIPSE HARNESS

"The touch of a shadow, the support of a shell"
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This video shows the research & development behind the ECLIPSE harness.

Having worked on ergonomic designs for a while, our goal was to push our frame concept to more stiffness, allowing a better support of the back & a lower fit.

So here comes the ECLIPSE, a skilful balance between stiffness & flex that brings support where you need it and the freedom to move the way you want.

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Learn more on manera.com.

THE HARNESS RANGE EXPLAINED by Antoine Auriol

Wondering which harness is made for you? Antoine guides you through our range and explains the characteristics of each model in 2.40min.

2019 Naish Thrust KITE | All-around Freeride Kite Foil

 

Ozone product video compilation

 

Ozone Reo V5 out now!


OUT NOW! 

Since its introduction six years ago the Reo has been the reference for pure wave riding, setting the benchmark in performance and feeling.

We are very happy to bring you the latest V5 model with innovative new features, bringing yet another level of versatility to this already outstanding design.
 
 

VERSATILE PERFORMANCE

HAVE FUN IN ANY CONDITIONS

From on-shore slop to cross-off barreling reef breaks, the Reo’s unique flying characteristics allow you to maximize the potential of every wave.
 

FAST & DIRECT HANDLING

INSANE DRIFT WITH HUGE DEPOWER

Mixed with the ability to absorb gusts means you can choose exactly where you want to place yourself on a wave to make that next move.
 

VARIABLE BRIDLE GEOMETRY

Innovative new bridle settings extend the kite's operating range. 
  

SETTING 1: UPPER KNOT

The way we know and love the Reo, a balanced and refined feeling, the kite sits further to the edge of the wind window.
  • Perfect for most conditions
  • Good forward speed
  • Drifts as you ride down the line
  • Excels in cross/cross-off winds
 

SETTING 2: LOWER KNOT

A new feeling - the kite sits further back in the wind window and tackles onshore conditions with ease.
  • Increased bar pressure
  • Improved feeling from the kite
  • Slightly heavier feel
  • Excels in onshore winds
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NEW STRUT & WINGTIP

STRONGER AND LIGHTER

We understand the importance of aerodynamics and weight saving especially on a kite where drift is imperative, so every detail has been refined to be as light as possible while maintaining the strength.
 

CONTROL SYSTEM V4

CLEAN AND SIMPLE DESIGN

Featuring our innovative 'Click-In Loop' quick release. Inspired by the simplicity and functionality of a car seat belt.

The release is so simple that it will become second nature to use. 

Our aim in making it so intuitive is to persuade everyone to release at the end of their session instead of unhooking and in doing so develop important muscle memory that will aid the speed of use in times of need.
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