JUICE 2017 - AN INSIDE VIEW FROM DESIGNER KEN WINNER
The 2017 model’s shorter bridles ensures fuss-free riding and great feedback. Read what designer Ken Winner has to say.
What are the main updates we can see on the 2017 Juice?
This year we went for a shorter bridle. We also spent quite a bit of time working on ideas for (a) better power and upwind ability and (b) lower weight. Getting better power and upwind ability in a big kite is hard to do, and the Juice is already quite good in those areas. Interestingly, the thing that improved power the most was cutting weight. The lighter kite not only hangs in the air and turns better, but it also has a faster upstroke (when a kite climbs after a dive). This faster upstroke gives more apparent wind, which delivers more power. So the bottom-line is that a lighter kite is a more powerful kite.
What tips do you have for the settings on the Juice?
The Juice is very straight forward. The back bridle offers a soft, quick-turn setting for riders who want the fastest possible turning. The harder setting is for the rider who likes more solid bar feel.
Which line length do you use on the different kites?
On twintips and directional boards we suggest using 24 or 27 m lines. Nowadays, with the growing popularity of hydrofoils, it really depends on what the rider wants to do. Longer lines give more power, shorter lines give more manoeuvrability. The Juice works well on a hydrofoil in very light wind, so using 19 or 22 m lines can help with tacking, gybing and gust-handling.
Who did you work with during the R&D process?
Team Riders Sky Solbach and Patri McLaughlin also live on Maui, which is handy, so they were very much part of the process. As very experienced riders they always provide great feedback, but I also rely on recreational kiters for their thoughts and input.
In a nutshell, what are the main 2017 updates?
We have a shorter bridle which gives less chance of bridle tangles, as well as giving the Juice a slightly more direct bar feel.