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Following the recent debut of the 2012 Wainman Hawaii kites, we have taken our time to carefully look at the 2nd generation Rabbit Series kites. Upon close inspection, we have discovered many unique attributes in product design and overall quality, resulting in our conclusion that these kites rock! This news article illustrates our enthusiasm for these kitesurfing tools to our readers; describing the 10 reasons why we like Wainman Hawaii kites, and you should too!
The Rabbit Gang (as they call themselves) manages time differently than those in the rest of the kiteboarding industry. As opposed to an annual debut, the company released the 2nd generation kites after several years of serious R&D. This allowed them time to ensure the quality of their final products, from safety systems to stitching - and we think it shows.
Double reinforced leading edge means there is twice as much material sewn into the leading edge seam of the kite. Making for a much stronger connection point that is less prone to opening up on hard crashes. We see a lot of kites come into the shop in need of serious repair from too many hard slams on the water, resulting in an exploded leading edge. There is one thing in common among these repaired kites - they generally have only single or zero reinforcement in the leading edge stitching. Kites we don't see much less of in the repair room are the double reinforced leading edge designs.
Single line safety attachment points are necessary on all modern kites. We don't teach without them, nor sell bars that don't offer the single line attachment point, as they are critical to the safety of any kiteboarder. Below the bar (i.e. out of the way) single line attachments, are even nicer! Safe, clean and easily reachable with much less ability to tangle as the kite or bar spins.
Rabbit kites offer direct connect of lines in lieu of bridles. Wainman Hawaii kites are quite unique in this ability to fly with or without bridles. The options are a personal preference as to which each kiteboarder likes. Bridless for quick, responsive, and direct feeling kites in the sky. Or bridles for increased relaunch ability and depower control. The kites come default with short center line bridles, but can easily be changed if desired. The choice is up to you, which is an awesome choice to have!
These kites have the ability to fly without air in the struts - that's crazy, but true! The Wainman Hawaii kites have been able to fly this way since the beginning, and the 2nd generation is no different. This means that the kites will fly, and get you back to the beach without pressure in their 3 struts. With air only in the leading edge, the canopies can still catch air and manoeuver in the sky. Probably not recommended for ultimate performance, but is still a unique attribute and testament to the efficient shape of the kites.
Different graphics for every size kite in the line-up. Each different size Rabbit kite (which there are now 7 of - 5.5m, 6.25m, 7.5m, 9m, 10.5m, 12m, and 14.5m) has its own killer graphics on the top and bottom side of the canopy. This means that if you get a quiver of Wainman Hawaii kites, you will have awesome and unique graphics for every different kite you own. Making for fresh look no matter what the wind speed is blowing.
Shortened chicken loop distance is integral for smaller riders and women with shorter arms to be able to steer and depower effectively. Wainman Hawaii has shortened the distance between the chicken loop and the point where the bar is when fully sheeted in. If the distance is too far, it makes it extremely difficult for smaller riders to actually depower without letting go altogether. Wainman Hawaii has improved this in the 2nd generation bar and we are glad to see it!
Ceramic ball bearing in the center line swivel allows for constant unspinning of the center lines when the kite loops or the bar spins. Many kite companies have instituted the center line swivel, but Wainman Hawaii has gone one step further and made sure they stay rust free. This means that you don't have to trek back to the beach when your center lines twist half way up your lines, they will automatically unspin every time you throw that powered kite loop (or more commonly - kite crash to water relaunch with now spun bar).
Each kite comes standard with a goodie bag full of accessories. The branded Wainman Hawaii bag contains lots of bits and pieces that are bound to be helpful in your kiteboarding lifetime with these kites. Bladder repair material, extra Dacron for fixing canopy, safety line extras, spare throw line, stickers, glue and other tools. Definitely some nice bonuses when you pick up your next Wainman kite.
Wainman kites are packaged in an awesome backpack. Although you don't think of buying a backpack when you purchase a new kite, this pack is one bag that you shouldn't overlook. Besides the great look of the bags with embroidered logos, flashy colors, and cool graphics, the bags are very functional as well as fashionable. The bags have plastic (rust free) zippers, bar and pump sleeves to keep those items secure, easy access from the front and the top, padded shoulder straps for easy and comfortable carrying, and even a free stuff bag for temporary kite storage.
Comes with a full size pump. Although it is not generally the determining factor of a kite purchase, the fact that these kites come with a full size pump is nice. A larger pump limits the amount of time pumping up the kite, and causes less strain on your lower back. Make sure to keep an eye on your efficient full size pump when you leave it on the beach!