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The Ultra V2 has redefined our lofty expectations of what a kite can do. The light weight and stability have opened up places we could never have kited, in marginal conditions we would not have considered kiteable.
With unbeatable performance, weight saving features, and an exclusive Airush Load Frame for maximum durability, the Ultra kite has been the go-to kite for foil riders, wave riders and snow kiters alike.When considering the Ultra evolution, a focus on segmentation reduction through the canopy and leading edge Lightweight Single Strut geometry increases the skin tension per panel. Fewer segments result in more tension between each segment point. This increases the responsiveness of the Ultra V2, while maintaining stability.
New ULTRA II design and performance commentary from seasoned Kite Designer Mark Pattison and Design Director Clinton Filen giving us the details of what really puts this kite light years ahead.
What is the thinking behind the Ultra V2?
The Ultra started as a long term project by designer Mark Pattison, to build an inflatable kite that stayed in the air as long as possible and was durable enough to use for everyday freeride and surf. We wanted to test the limits of the materials and our load frame, our knowledge of shaping and flying characteristics to make the kite as a simple and as functional as possible.
The Ultra V2 is the result of a really fun and challenging period, spanning years where we tried a lot of different planforms, lower and higher aspects, different wingtips, different profile shapes and different constructions before going to market with the original Ultra. We introduced it as a concept of what we felt, is the most advanced kite we could build.
The key changes around the Ultra V2 have been around developing new smaller and larger sizes, with significantly different shaping in the larger sizes. We reviewed our long-term customer feedback, along with ongoing development and testing to refine the Ultra’s construction now found in the Ultra V2.
Because it is a light wind kite, did you manage to make it even lighter?
The Ultra V2 kite weights are very similar to the V1. We were able to make weight saving changes in certain areas, but this generally adjusted by refining reinforcing in other key areas.
For example in the bigger sizes (12 meter and up) we reduced weight by reducing the amounts of segments in the leading edge and canopy. Fever seams means less material and less reinforcement material needed on each seam. This is countered by additional reinforcing on key canopy seams and Load Frame connections.
We are very committed to developing the lightest and most innovative product on the market (we have made lighter kites in development) but this needs to be aligned with our commitment to durability. The Ultra V2 balances these two key objectives.
How does the weight compare to other models in the Airush Range?
When comparing the weight to other models in the Airush range, the 9m Lithium weighs an estimated 3.1 kg and the Ultra 9m is 2.3 kg (So around 25% Lighter).