The Obsession is our iconic kite that embodies power/de-power ability/ fast turning speed and huge hangtime, all in one package. It’s been our best selling kite since day one from it’s introduction, manily for its versatile range of use and its real fun, spontaneously sportive feeling in your hands thanks to a light bar feel and a very quick response to the bar inputs. It jumps great, keeping you in the air longer than you could expect, and still keeps its easy depower feel when a stronger wind gust hits the kite.
This is why the Obsession is also highly appreciated by riders who use strapless surfboards to do freestyle tricks or jumps on flat water. Its special wide range of use behaviour comes from a moderate aspect ratio and swept back tips design, creating a very constant amount of power even in very gusty winds. Its “Sheet-and-go” power delivery makes it also a perfect light wind machine, with great freeride performance potential, reaching top speed runs and great upwind legs.
This year we have slightly changed the foil profile of the Obsession and made it a bit flatter throughout the tip area, enabling the kite to be turning faster and also be more efficient to flying into the wind window. Every panel of any inflatable structure, from the struts to the leading edge, is built with a special heavy duty stitching system. The stitching areas are internally reinforced with a stripe of adhesive dacron, creating a solid base for durability. All the exposed areas, like tip ends and leading edge seams that are subject to abrasion, are reinforced with a woven Kevlar/ PU fabric to prevent wearout. Our single pump inflating system tube is covered with a soft PVC
protection to prevent possible damage from plastic parts while folding the kite, and the inflating tubes are fixed to the kite through a neoprene sock, locked into place with velcro.
A dacron leech reinforcement progressively wider from the center strut towards the tips, follows the fatigue line, being higher on the tips, and also reduces potential fluttering after long time use. The triangle tip ends for the attachment points of the back lines spread their load avoiding tip distortion, keeping the right bar presence feel and increasing the lifetime of the kite. All the bridle attachment points are reinforced with a soft PVC external protection and and internal double adhesive dacron patch, to increase durability. The new bridle pulleys are now fully made with marine grade stainless steel and can each stand a load of 400 Kgs.
The Obsession MKVII offers an unsurpassed level of performance in the largest variety of use.