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Contra 1 Aether

CONTRA AETHER

PERFORMANCE LIGHTWIND / FREERIDE

Sizes: 4 / 5 / 7 / 9 / 11

There is something truly liberating and free when riding a Hydrofoil. This is further heightened when you are able to ride in winds that were not previously thought possible. Conditions where the water is still, and the only noise is the apparent wind in your ears as you glide across the ocean.

The Contra Aether has proven its self as a bench mark in the single strut kite realm. A kite that not only allows you explore these threshold winds, but also keeps you in control when the winds pick up, or you change your choice of board.

The single strut design and the use of the Hybrid Frame and HRD Lite materials, gives you an incredibly nimble and light kite to fly, allowing you to use much smaller sizes of product to maximize foil boardings true potential. Feather weight control and amazing drift characteristics allow you focus on your riding and not the kite.

DESIGN PROFILE

1 Strut, Hybrid design, Low drag wing tips, Draft forward profiles.

FEATURES

  • NEW: Refined lightweight canopy design for reduced weight and reactive performance
  • NEW: Sprint 3.0
  • NEW: Ultralite bladders for an overall lighter weight kite
  • NEW: Trailing edge EVA rigidity battens
  • NEW: HTD Hybrid Frame
  • NEW: Durable TPU Leading edge bumpers
  • Nano Ripstop Canopy, the benchmark in durability, stability and responsiveness
  • Pure profile panels for efficient aerodynamics 


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    Key Features

    FEATHERLITE

    The ultra lightweight 1-strut design shaves weight off allowing for increased use in threshold winds.

    MINIMALISTIC

    Minimalistic - Through intensive research and development the Contra Aether comes with one rear line attachment option. Simply put, this is the best possible option straight out of the bag.

    EFFORTLESS RELAUNCH

    Even in the lightest of wind conditions the Contra 1S gives you the confidence to try tricks knowing any mishaps won’t mean a swim in.

    DRIFT

    Superior drift characteristics allow for low angles of attack while on the foil. Rear line tension is carried through even when depowered.

    LIGHTWIND OPTIMISATION

    Designed with the main focus to be ridden in the threshold winds where most kites can't perform.

    AGILE AND NIMBLE

    Single strut design allows the kite to twist and react like no other.

    Style Selector

    FREESTYLE: POP / SLACK / POWER

    FREERIDE: DEPOWER RANGE / RELAUNCH / UPWIND ABILITY

    BIG AIR: BOOSTING / HANG TIME / KITELOOP

    SURF: TURN SPEED / DRIFT / RELAUNCH

    FOIL: TURN SPEED / DRIFT / UNDERPOWERED STEERING

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    HYBRID FRAME

    The Hybrid Frame is the perfect fusion of materials. A combination of High Tenacity Dacron  (HTD) &  HTD Lite blends together giving the kite the support it needs, but with increased response.

    HIGH TENACITY DACRON

    Specifically designed for inflated kite structures. The construction of this material is very warp oriented using ultra high tenacity yarns with an increased thread count to combat elongation under high inflation pressures. Lower elongation makes for a more accurate kite/wing with a more efficient and accurate airfoil in flight.

    HTD LITE

    The next evolutionary jump in inflatable structures is HTD Lite.  We took the superior benefits of the proven HTD material to which have superior elongation control and combined it with a superior reflex bias recovery and lighter weight construction to elevate the response characteristics and range of the kite.

    Size 4m 5m 7m 9m 11m
    Wind Range in Knots (75kg rider) Hydrofoil 13-27 11-24 8-20 7-17 5-15
    Wind Range in Knots (75kg rider) TT/Surf
    18-30 15-29 12-25 10-23 9-20

    Weight of Kite (kg) Without Bag

    (Tolerances may vary)

    1.32 1.5 1.86 2.22
    2.6

    HTD HYBRID FRAME

    The Frame is the basis on which a kite is built.  Utilizing a fusion of the two HTD materials as well as a reduced weight throughout the trailing edge, the Hybrid Frame provides the response and durability needed to take your kiting to an all-new level.

    SPRINT 3.0

    The new Sprint 3.0 inflation system increases air flow from leading edge to the strut. The new straight and angled valves allow for no kinking of the inflation tube. It's secure fit design also allows for easy maintenance.

    BULLET PROOF BUMPERS

    Bulletproof bumpers - These new Durable TPU bumpers are strong, lightweight and durable. They crossover protecting the canopy to LE sewing. A new manufacturing process helps with abrasion when the kite is resting on a hard surface.