I really liked the power on offer with this kite and found that even if you feel underpowered, once you get the kite moving through the wind window it creates masses of power and get's you soaring upwind.
The bar pressure on the Draft feels alot like riding a C-kite. If you aren't sure what that feels like - there is some solid pressure in the last 6 - 10 inches of bar throw as you sheet in. The trade off is that the kite feels really direct and easy to feel where it is in the wind window. I was able to cruise along without looking at the kite which is great for racing and cruising.
The draft is not a speedy kite through the wind window and won't turn as fast as a freestyle or wave kite. This isn't a problem as long as you know what to expect and the upside is the raw power on offer for boosting and going fast!
This kite will be a mainstay in the REAL slick for big boost off sessions and I will for sure be recommending the Draft for REAL's Kites of Thunder race series in Cape Hatteras!
REAL Pro Tip: Familiarize yourself with rolling a kite on to its back to relaunch it. You can do this on the beach (if it's just sand) in lighter winds to practice. Once you are in the water - you will find this method really helps get the kite off the water quickly..
by Toby Diggens on March 22, 2013
by Stellato, REAL Lesson Center on February 11, 2013