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Æ2 Kite versus other brands

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The Corner Shop in Paris is one of the best retailers in Europe stocking all the biggest and best brands. Vincent has run it for over 20 years and is a pretty impressive kiter (see pic!). Here's some of his notes on the Æ2 compared to other wave kites on the market this season. 

Having tried a lot of 2018 wave kites, I can really say that the Æ2 is the most complete and advanced kite for surfing and jumping strapless, without compromise. The Æneema was already very good, but the Æ2 finalises all the small details that lacked (construction, rigidity, low range, general finesse, bag, very quick turn for the 9/11/13) to become the reference against which I compare other kites. 

What I like most in the Æ2 is the drift of course, and also their control in jumps, even in 5.5 no problem, the pressure is permanent, without the bar being heavy. When we want to kiteloop 9 or 11 it's still no problem, no reaction time. All sizes are perfect to find the same feeling and this is really not the case with other brands.

The Ozone Réo turns less at the top of the window and does not really drift as well.
Cabrinha Drifter is a good competitor in 5 and 7 but clearly needs more reactivity in sizes above 7m.
Airush Wave, RRD Religion, Naish Slash have a quick turning but they are far from the Æ2 and Æneema in drift (that is not possible for a wave kite in 2018).
The Core Section is one of the best in the category but still too powerful from 9 and need more depower for an intermediate kitesurfer.
North Neo, Fone Bandit are more freeride kite than actually real wave kite so no competition for the Æ2 (and the Æneema).

The price is also the less of the category (-200€).

Vincent, The Corner Shop. 
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