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TKB Review: 2013 Ozone Catalyst

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Ozone Catalyst
Sizes Available: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14m
Sizes Tested: 10, 12m

Ozone Says:

When it comes to all-round performance the new Ozone Catalyst delivers in every category. Designing a kite as versatile as the Catalyst is no easy task; it has taken the design team over a year of testing and fine tuning to bring you a kite that feels and performs equally well in all the sizes and aspects of the sport. The all-new Catalyst is a complete redesign but in the process we have retained the essence of the previous model that made it a favorite across the world. For Freeriders the all-new Catalyst is a kite that continues to please no matter what you choose to be doing on the day. The smooth power delivery and refined handling allows you to relax and enjoy the ride. All you have to do to feel the “spice” of the Catalyst, is send it to enjoy the pop and hang time on offer.

Our Testers Say:

“Light feeling, predictable, stable. A great kite for the average freerider,” Joe Bharat.

“Solid all-around performance. Turns fast and good pop. Quick release seemed a little awkward compared to other brands,” Andy Sologub.

“Smooth power, easy to fly with one hand. Very stable and quick turning. Did not want to stop riding it,” Walid Jomaa.

“A quick turning, user-friendly kite. Really fun to ride,” Marko Bartscherer.

Meet the 2013 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

The 2013 Ozone Catalyst is a 3-strut medium aspect kite with a relatively skinny leading edge that our testers found likes to be pumped up hard. It features a large inflate/deflate valve and thin bridle lines when compared to bridles on other kites. The rear lines are adjustable to change turning speed and bar pressure. Our testers commented on the Catalyst’s light bar pressure, very easy relaunch, and quick turning speed.

They also found the Catalyst a very easy to fly and forgiving kite. Compared to the Ozone Edge the Catalyst is faster turning and more suited as an all-around kite while the Edge delivers better upwind and jumping performance.

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The Catalyst uses the Ozone Contact Water Control System which features a below-bar swivel, above-bar depower cleat, plastic-coated depower line, and a pull-to-release quick release that can only be operated on one side. Some testers commented that the bar felt a little thick, especially in the middle.

Pros:

  • Great all-around performance that will suit a lot of different riders.
  • Easy relaunch.

Cons:

  • Quick release can only be operated on one side and is a pull-to-release system which is the opposite of the industry-standard push away.

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