What’s the most significant performance increase that the average rider should immediately notice?
The XR’s turning speed has noticeably increased, and it has gained more stability in high winds. You will notice that the kite loops more cleanly and catches you more reliably. And when simply riding upwind you will feel its improved upwind capability.
The LW versions of the XR have also had some improvements. Fill us in on how you’ve achieved weight savings on these lightwind beasts?
The LW models have received the same optimizations in the material mix and construction as the smaller sizes. Thanks to weight savings and its lightweight construction, the XR8 LW stands even more confidently in the sky and pulls upwind at an unprecedented angle. Even in lower wind conditions riders can achieve solid jumps with decent hang time.
Which of your team have been most involved in the prototyping and development phase of the XR8? What sort of WOO scores have we been looking at?
As always, we include a wide range of riders in our prototyping. Besides Evan, Maarten and Zara, our queen of the air Angely played an important role and assisted the development team wherever she was needed. She scored her new personal WOO record during that time with an impressive 25-meter jump.
Have you been experimenting with any exotic airframe materials? Can you leak us any info?!
During our prototyping process we usually play around with lots of different versions of a model – as an example we love to put a very extreme version in the race. The extreme versions usually don’t make it into the series. Usually… Stay tuned…!