The Sculp remains at the core of the CrazyFly range for 2016. It has always been pitched as the ‘accessible do-it-all’ option and this year it has been given some extra attention. With Double Ripstop now bringing the Sculp up to the ‘gold standard’ for current kite construction it is clear that CrazyFly are keen to ensure that the Sculp is a kite that delivers for the entire spectrum of riders.
Three struts and a few construction tweaks keep the weight nice and low and the kite is 10% lighter than last year. We don’t often comment on bags, but it has to be said that this is one of the classiest on the market and merits a mention. The Sick Bar has also had a revisit with a new colorway and with a softer EVA grip. Full carbon, 100% made in Europe and one of the lightest bars on the market… What else do you need to know?
On the water and the Double Ripstop delivers a crisper and more assertive feeling Sculp. Power on and off is very smooth and intuitive and you could quite happily send someone out for their first few sessions on the Sculp. Turn things up a notch though and the Sculp performs very nicely indeed – the low end is excellent and powers you around very nicely, then the turning is positive and you feel very plugged in wherever the kite is in the air.
For boosting you can really pull on the bar and it’ll send you sky high, and if you want to slip a kiteloop in it’ll spin round positively. It’ll happily unhook if you want to lay down some wakestyle moves and it’s also a nice responsive kite for onshore riding with a surfboard.
Overall a great evolution to one of the true all-rounders.