Ozone Covertly Releases '07 Snowkite Line-up19 Sep 2006
The gang at Ozone, producers of the ever-so-popular Frenzy, quietly released photos of their '07 snowkite quiver last week. Interestingly, the press release connected to the photos describes plans to summit Mont Blanc, and has no description of the new kites. This year Ozone is releasing the Manta, champion snowkiter Chasta's signature kite.
The Unofficial Word From Ozone USA; Windzup Distribution
Just recieved the first 07 Snowkite samples from the Ozone factory....have had a couple days worth of KGB and park flying on each model of the Access 2, Frenzy 07 and Manta. 2007 brings the perfection of the FRENZY design with 3 models for every style of riding. The Access is the lowest cost Snowkite for all around freeriding....the Frenzy 07 is the ultimate performance Snowkite, and the Manta is for the most experienced kiters seeking total flying performance.
All three are amazing new models based on the original Frenzy design, but each exceeds previous models in performance. The Access 2 is a Frenzy for any one with plenty of torque....the Frenzy has more power and speed per size with plenty of stability, perfect for anyone looking for more powered riding and flying....the Mantra is the Chasta signature model and is higher aspect and more power per size.
The Mantra has more cells then the Frenzy and the Frenzy has more cells than the Access. The Access flies like any other Frenzy, and each other model is designed with subsequently more power and speed per size. The Mantra 12m pulls like the Frenzy 14m and the Mantra 10m pulls like the Frenzy 12m. The Frenzy 7.5 has slightly more pull and speed than the Access 8 meter.
So far I have been completely surprised and impressed with the gains in the 07 line up compared to all of Ozone's previous Snowkites. This year is definiely the mark from where the future will branch off.
Ozone USA Press Release
In its 5th year of the Frenzy….. Ozone offers 3 new Snowkite models. From the lowest price to the highest performance… each is built to Ozone’s premium standards. Nothing else compares!
All of the 2007 range of Ozone Snowkites have been designed on a completely new planform based on the in field experience from 5 generations of ‘Frenzy’s’ and incorporating Ozone’s personal CAD wing development program and in house factory testing… resulting in a new range of wings that deliver dynamic feelings for every mentality of rider…choose the freeride backcountry feeling, the expression of freestyle or exploit the limitations of human sanity with our tweaked performance Snowkites….Choose your passion!
Frenzy: All Performance Snowkite
The 2006 winter season found Ozone founder and kite designer Rob Whittall accompanied by partner in crime and board rider extraordinaire Chasta in the Utah backcountry and across the western US. Rob found that the gusty winds of the Rocky Mountains could be easily tamed by adding more stability to the Frenzy so that any level of rider could enjoy its superior performance, yet he wanted more power per size and desired the Frenzy to deliver that new school feeling for high powered unhooked kite loops… The result is a new generation of Frenzy Snowkites that surpass everything we’ve seen and unveils a new standard for winters 3rd dimension. The Frenzy is once again winters ultimate ride and remains an undisputed benchmark in kite innovation and quality, opening the doors for snowboarders and skiers to experience the white season’s Kiteboarding opportunities.
Sizes: 7.5 meter, 10 meter, 12 meter & 14 meter
Colors: 2007 delivers new visions including the women’s Nikita in Pink/Blue/Grey/Pink, the Rasta in Green/Red/Yellow/Green and subdued versions for lower impact in Grey/Yellow/Red/Grey, Grey/White/Orange/Grey, Black/Red/White/Black,
MSRP : Starting as low as $975 and up to $1399.00…. all kites coming complete with Mountain pack that carries skis and a snowboard plus an Ozone carbon control bar strung with 25 meters of 800 pound strength pre-stretched spectra lines and a ready to fly quality built Frenzy Snowkite
Access II – Freeride Snowkite
The Philosophy remains the same… provide a Snowkite that a first time rider can take to the farthest Arctic regions. The Access demands ultimate stability to handle the funkiest conditions from the backyard to the backcountry no matter where you choose to ride, yet it delivers Ozone’s signature feeling of power and finesse for control in every situation. Incorporating a bombproof camcleat for adjustable power output along with Ozone’s line release system for safe solo kiting, the Access offers the most logical choice for anyone seeking a personal ski-lift that fits in a pack. The Access is the gateway to the new world of winter travel.
Sizes: 4 meter, 6 meter, 8 meter, & 10 meter
Colors: 2007 delivers new visions including the women’s Nikita in Pink/White/Blue, the Rasta in Green/Yellow/Red, and several other combinations including Red/Grey/Yellow, Black/Orange/Grey, & Blue/White/Orange
MSRP: The highest value in the industry with prices as low as $615.00 and ranging up to $799.00 for the largest of our Freeride packages… all kites coming complete with a compression pack for lightweight travel plus an Ozone carbon control bar strung with 25 meters of 800 pound strength pre-stretched spectra lines and a ready to fly quality built Access Snowkite.
Manta – The Chasta Flavor… Ultimate Performance Snowkite
We are always pushing the limits of what we can understand, and the Manta was a kite that evolved from the pursuit of perfection during our progression with the Frenzy 07 Snowkite design. We didn’t know what to due with this alien creature that defied what we thought was possible… but Chasta was able to tame the beast and demanded that Ozone continue developing the Manta for him and his followers. Due to its long wing tips and flowing shape the Manta glides thru the sky with speed and lift providing a modern ride for old school fliers like Chasta that go bigger than expected and float longer than necessary above the Earth. Fly a Manta… and follow Chasta if you can.
Sizes: 10 meter and 12 meter
Colors: 10 meter is Grey/Red/White & the 12 meter is Grey/Blue/White
MSRP: Ranging from $1299 to $1399… all kites coming complete with Mountain pack that carries skis and a snowboard plus an Ozone carbon control bar strung with 25 meters of 800 pound strength pre-stretched spectra lines and a ready to fly quality built Manta Snowkite.