OCEAN RODEO Flite
Sizes Available: 10, 12, 14.5, 17m
Sizes Tested: 17m
Ocean Rodeo Says:
The 3rd generation of the Flite is the lightest range of kites we’ve ever made, and is now available in a wider array of sizes. While the 17 and 14.5 remain two of the world’s best high performance light wind kites the smaller 12 and 10 introduce a whole new class of X-Over Freeride experience to the Ocean Rodeo lineup.
The Flite offers riders of all levels an explosive and dynamic kite designed to make you feel and ride like a hero. Tight snappy turns, big lofty jumps and loops that won’t kill you if you miss the landing all help you ride with greater confidence and ease under the careful eye of a kite designed to put a smile on your face, no matter what the conditions.
Visit for more info: https://www.oceanrodeo.com/products/flite
Our Testers Say:
“Fastest turning kite of the kites I tested in this group! The whole set up is tailored to someone who likes small bar inputs and large kite movements. Small bar input=fast turns. Large bar input = kite loops. The bar pressure is extremely light and I needed to sine the kite get moving. This kite needs to develop a lot of apparent wind to really begin pulling, but this can easily be done with one hand without any wrist strain.” Ivan Nguyen
Testers across the board gave the Flite high praise for its turning speed, light to medium bar pressure and impressive upwind performance. The Flite doesn’t offer a ton of low-end/grunty park and ride power, instead it delivers its pull from quick across the window speed with rapid turning response which allows the rider to generate a substantial amount of apparent wind and keep this 17m in the middle of the window with good power. For those ultra low wind days, Ocean Rodeo includes 4m line extensions in the bag so you can get the most out of the kite’s low end. Testers praised the Flite for its good upwind ability and recommended this kite for those riders looking for a performance oriented light wind kite that is still fun to jump and carve off the wind.
Ocean Rodeo offers two types of bar: Above the Bar and Below the Bar. Our Flite came with the Above the Bar setup which is a fixed length bar with a double center-line safety depower system, high V, spectra sheeting/throw line, a two part sliding stopper, and an above the bar Clam cleat with integrated bungee to keep excess slack from tangling in depowered conditions. The push away quick release is simple and straightforward with a travel guard but no below the bar hand swivel. Testers liked the bar’s smaller diameter and firmer grip, which has lots of texture and raised ridges at your fingers. The retractable winding bungee and simple bar ends made for a clean and quick put away.
Visit for more info on the bar: https://www.oceanrodeo.com/products/above-the-bar