The 2017 Cruze is a dedicated lightwind kite in our range coming only in 15, 17 and 19m sizes. With a Flat-Delta shape, deep profile, and high aspect ratio, the Cruze generates a lot of power even in marginal wind conditions.
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Despite its larger size, the Cruze maintains the agility of a smaller kite thanks to its shape. The squared wingtipsensure stability as well as quick and precise turning for a kite of this size. To maximize performance in the lightest sea breezes, we stripped down weight wherever possible without sacrificing the rigidity of the kite. Simple bridle and rock solid construction result in a very user friendly light bar feel.
By challenging traditional kite construction, we came up with numerous innovations and improvements on the 2017 Cruze. The canopy is now made from the latest Double Ripstop. It is lighter, has the same tearing strength in all directions, and allows 30% less air through itself. This means that the same surface area of the new Double Ripstop catches 30% more air which results in 30% more power and 30% longer hangtime.
We narrowed down the number of leading edge panels by nearly 50% on all our kites. Because the material itself is always stronger than a seam, having less panels and less seams results in the most precise and the strongest leading edge till date. Towards the wingtips, a brand new Swept Leading Edge Seam is moved higher towards the canopy where it has less influence on airflow. This allows for higher aerodynamic efficiency and more precisely controlled kite.
With the brand new construction and exploiting different ways of printing, we managed to save 10% of weight again. For example, on the Cruze, the big CF logo is not printed to save weight. Instead it is made with different color Double Ripstop which added zero weight to the kite.
The light weight and rigid construction of the kite also make water relaunch incredibly easy, even in light wind conditions. Regardless of its light wind nature, the Cruze works great for heavier riders looking for a powerful freeride kite and boosting sessions.
The Cruze delivers consistent power with ultimate upwind capabilities for the best light wind experience.
The 2017 Cruze, light wind machine.