OZONE FURY 4.5m Powerkite - Quality intermediate kite

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The Fury is Ozones entry level Powerkite range.  Its is very similar to the much loved the Little Devil, that it replaced, but it has improved materials and sail graphics.  It is ideal for static flying or use in a buggy.


First Impressions

The kite oozes quality.  Right from the reinforcing on the leading edge, to the really thin, elegant stitched bridle, there isn't a stitch out of place.  This may be the entry level Ozone kite, but no compromises have been made on quality.

The underside of the kite is white, with the top side being a typical 3 tone Ozone pattern.  This is quite nice, as in flight my kite often gets mistaken for its intermediate cousin, the Samurai.  However it is a shame that the flyer has to stare at a boring white scheme.

The kite comes in a smart over the shoulder haversack.  This is a nice half way house, more robust than a stuff sac, but not as bulky or expensive as a custom rucksack.  Its a smart, if understated piece of kit.

Included in a Velcro outside slip pocket of the haversack are good instructions.   Also included are:

  • Fully neoprene covered flying handles
  • Kite killers
  • 25 xm 180/110kg flying lines
  • Ozone sticker and key fob


Set Up:

The lines are in red/orange pairs, a bit of dye comes out on initial use, but this soon stops.  All attachments and lines come with numbered tags.  Setting the kit up is as simple as learning a larks head knot then connecting 1 to 1, 2 to 2 ... etc.  Ozone could not have made it any easier, this is a quality touch.

Place bag on ground and walk backwards upwind winding out the lines.  Stake the brake lines through the brake line loop on handles, and lay out the kite killers on each side, opened up ready.

Walk back to the bag and unpack the kite. Leading edge is completely open, with no mesh or gauze to cover it. On the beach you find that sand can get in a bit too easily, but then it also comes out easily too!

The Kite sits on ground leading edge up, with the trailing edge held firm by the brakes.  Depending on the wind strength the kite will sit mostly upright. It is quite fat and solid looking.

Handles are slim and fully neoprene covered so feel very comfortable.  Some people prefer the Flexifoil rubber type handle, but I wouldn't swap my Ozone ones for the world.


Flight:

The kite is comfortable to fly from about 8mph, to over 20mph.  At the higher end it really does pull so beware!  It is a medium speed kite, that responds quickly and turns easily within its wingspan.  A couple of loops and some real power is developed, however it still feels very stable and controllable.

The deep shape makes the Fury very tolerant of gusts, it just seems to smooth them out.  It flies stably to the edge of the window and just sits there with minimal input from the flyer.  Great for giving you time to think without worrying about what the kites doing!

The Fury has minimal lift, but good steady pull, and hence is ideal for use in a buggy.   Getting in buggy is easy as kite does not suddenly do anything unexpected.

Dipping the kite down into the power zone, the power comes on smoothly, the bug starts to roll and then the smiling really starts. The Fury just goes on flying and pulling, it does not seem to know where the edge of the wind window is.  At times it actually feels as if you are flying directly up wind. It is very difficult to get the Fury to overfly the window, make it lose its shape, or make it luff.  Down wind the kite is a monster developing smooth and constant pull.

The kite is very controllable and really does go where its put there is none of the heart stopping worry that you get with lifty kite (like a Blade) when the wind gets a bit unpredictable.


Conclusion:

For recreational or buggying this kite is superb, I would recommend it to anyone.

There are cheaper beginners kites on the market but the Fury has quality of design and build that make it worth the extra.  They are very well made kite, and while they do tend to retain their value well, they do make and excellent second hand purchase.

If you want a beginners to intermediate kite which will grow with you, buy the Fury it won't disappoint.

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Finally what Ozone say about the Fury ...

The Fury is based on the legendary Little Devil's planform, but with many changes to improve its performance, power and handling. The Fury is the ideal kite for entry level kiters interested in learning to kite at an entry level price but with the legendary Ozone quality of design and manufacturing.

The Fury is supplied ready to fly and features a new and improved trim and bridling layout, which gives the Fury more speed through the air.  A new bridle design increased the kite's stability while eliminating excess bridle lines. Less line equals less wind drag which increases the performance of a kite. The stitched bridle lines increase the strength of the lines meaning we can use thinner diameter line to increase the kite's performance even further and with no knots it means your bridles can not tangle or snag.

The Fury is supplied with the Samurai's Pro handles, but without the kite killers and harness strop. These are, however, available separately at all Ozone dealers

The Fury has also been designed and tested to fly with Ozone's  four -line Control bar, which is available as an optional accessory with safety leash and fail-safe trim system.

 

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