The ultimate fixed bridle racekite
The new Vapor is the culmination of over 4 years of intensive research and development work combined with countless test sessions with some of our most prominent teamriders from the Netherlands, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Belgium.
Five years ago the original Vapor took the buggy racing scene by storm. It remained the kite to beat for four full international racing seasons and still proves to be a formidable opponent in any race.
Now, after 4 years of thorough research and testing we are extremely proud to introduce the new benchmark in high performance fixed bridle design.
Lead foilkite designer, Michel Dekker.
“I just love the feeling and excitement of riding at high speeds with the action and direct controls of a fixed bridle kite. Being able to regulate the brake line pressure opens up an extra dimension in going faster and pushing yourself and your kite to the limit. This feeling of full control and being perfectly in tune with your kite is what makes racing with fixed bridle kites so special.”
Bridge rib technology
By integrating specially designed profile intersecting D-ribs our designer has now made it possible to skip 4 cells between bridle connection points, thereby reducing the number of bridle cascades to 8 (only 4 per side) while using more cells.
In comparison, the original Vapor had 10 bridle cascades (5 per side) even though it had less overall cells.
To ensure full support of the wing the placement of these profile intersecting D-ribs had to be carefully calculated to ensure optimal shaping of the wing when under pressure.
Balanced brake line input
The new Vapor responds somewhat different than it’s predecessor in this regard.
While in the original Vapor the brakelines were mostly just used for steering, the brakes in the new Vapor also determine the kites power.
Once you find the ‘sweet spots’ for a certain wind speed, you’ll know this is a kite without competition.
Finding this ‘sweet spot’ is a very fine balancing act in all high end race kites, that requires the pilot to get perfectly in tune with his/her kite.
The Vapor presents this challenge without making you feel out of control or without having you fear that the kite may collapse or stall at any moment.
In order to win any race one needs to be able to focus on finding the ideal track without having to worry about the kite.
To this end our designer has created a kite that will stay in shape and in the air no matter what your course may be.
One good example is the upwind turn. Sometimes upwind turns require riding upwind to round the next buoy, while you’d normally have to tack to be able to make these turns, the new Vapor completely eliminates that need, enabling you to round these upwind turns faster than the competition.
Be amazed by how the kite simply stays in shape and in the air while it carries you through.
To ensure a clean airflow inside the kite and a fast recovery, all profiles and D-ribs have cross-vents in them.
The most important function of cross-vents is equalizing the air pressure inside the kite; the better the cross-vents are positioned the easier a kite can recover after a collapse.
To maximize the effect of the cross-vents without compromising the structural integrity of the wing, our designer has carefully arranged the lay out of the cross-vents.
The ‘loaded’ profiles (the profiles with bridle attachment points) need to be strong and resilient therefore have fewer holes, whereas the ‘unloaded’ profiles have a lot more holes.
The tension strap is a technology that has been used in Peter Lynn Twinskin designs for over 15 years. Its function is to reduce the load/tension on the bottom skin of the kite while still allowing the bottom skin to bulge.
In the Vapor you will find that the tension strap only covers the middle 4 cells.
This is due to the fact that the middle 4 cells divide the left and right and are least supported by bridling which results in a much greater force on these 4 cells.
In turn, all other cells do not need the extra support of a tension strap as they are sufficiently supported by the bridling.