•Responsiveness Slow turning kite.
•Turn Radius Medium turn radius
•Window Position Sits in the middle of the wind window.
•Wind Range Moderate wind range - 170 lb riders expect optimal power on a 12m in 16-20mph wind
•Relaunch Very easy relaunch.
•Bar Pressure Medium Bar Pressure - Adjustable via wingtip settings.
•Power Per Size Rides true to size and has good low end power.
•Material Teijin D2 canopy material | Teijin Dacron
•Valve High flow valve with direct to hose connection.
•Bridle Simple short bridle with no pulleys.
•Wingtip Swept back full wingtip shape.
•Bonus Big kite bag that easily fits the kite and it has zippers that won't corrode. Available in custom colors or with your own graphics.
What We Like
The Catalyst V1 is super easy to kite. You have a great bar feel with not too much bar pressure. You can always feel the kite so a beginner/intermediate will love it. This kite builds confidence since you can feel it, and you don't have to constantly look at it.
The Catalyst has nice low end grunt. The power delivery is very gradual so when you dive the kite the slow power eases you up rather than yanking you out of the water. When you push the bar all the way out, the kite still maintains some steering and power in it. The Catalyst feels really predictable because of the power delivery.
The water relaunch is automatic. If you let go of the bar, the kite rolls on its side and waits for you to relaunch it.
In the classic beginner wipe out of crashing the kite and still riding at the kite, the kite will roll. We did not have it invert but rather the kite rolled through itself and you could keep riding. One time we had the trailing edge bridle catch on the wing tip deflector so the steering was a little off. We put the kite on the water again and it corrected itself.
The Catalyst is not a fast kite and that is a good thing. The slow turning speed adds to its predictability. You can get this kite to loop if you really pull hard on the bar but loops are not the Catalyst strong suit.
We have been making every beginner mistake we could make with this kite and we did get it to fall forward out of the sky. This is pretty typical of most kites when you slack the lines and sheet it out at the same time. When the kite crashed it relaunched so easily that the kite crash wasn't a problem.
We rode this kite in a ton of different conditions and riding styles. We liked it more for freeride and cruising. Boosting was really fun and it had great hang time. You can get better at jumps and transitions because of the predictability. It wasn't that great in the waves because of the slower turning speed.
Ozone provides you with a killer pack of spare parts, extra color match dacron and canopy material. It seems like a small detail, but they made an excellent bag that easily swallows your kite. It has a plastic zipper that won't corrode when you store your kite over the winter.
Who is the Catalyst V1 for?
The Catalyst V1 is best for kiters that want to get better and have a kite that they won't have to think about. This kite will make you a kiter and stick with you for a ton of sessions to come.
**Customize 4+ Weeks: Ozone owns their factory and will custom make you a kite in less than 30 days. You can select the stock color of your choice, select custom colors or fully customize your kite with your own graphics. A REAL Pro will Customize your Ozone Kite with you once you have placed your order.
The Ozone Catalyst V1 is designed to make kiteboarding easy. With excellent water relaunch and a slow steady pull, the Catalyst will have you learning to kite in no time.
•Fun, easy and intuitive to fly
•Large wind range with progressive de-power
•Simple and quick re-launch
•The kite of choice for entry level to intermediate riders
With accessible “sheet in and go” power delivery it is easy to get up on the board and ride. An excellent wind range lets you ride comfortably in variable or gusty conditions, refined profiles help you to ride upwind, enabling you to spend more time improving your skills! The Catalyst V1 will bring a smile to your face, the predictable power and lift makes your first jumps a breeze with easy timing and smooth landings.
We took a completely new approach towards this design to create a fun filled kite for new comers to progress to becoming solid intermediate riders. The Catalyst V1 has a unique Leading Edge arc and sweep shape, combined with a simple pulley-less bridle offering you freedom and flexibility on the water.
If you manage to drop your kite in the water the re-launch of the Catalyst V1 is incredibly simple and intuitive due to the unique shape of the leading edge. By turning the bar or using the Re-launch Balls on the leader lines, the kite will easily roll over into the re-launch position ready to take off from the water.
The Catalyst V1 Release System features our proven Front Line Flag Out release, the same release system on our entire water kite range. When the Chickenloop is released the kite will flag out to one front line, immediately stopping all power delivery from the kite.
As with all Ozone products, we pride ourselves with top of the line manufacturing in our own factory using the highest quality materials. The Catalyst V1 is constructed with quality proven Teijin D2 canopy material and Teijin Dacron providing a crisp feel and a strong kite.