Sizes Available: 5.5, 7, 8, 9, 11,13, 15m
High Wind Test Sizes: 5.5, 7m
The Æneema LTD is an updated version of the Æneema kite and brings already some of the tech features that you’ll find in our future designs. A new stiffer profile creates enhanced handling and better turning capabilities, mostly in bigger sizes (9-11-13). Also an improved short bridling design for a more accurate steering and faster turning. BWSurf head designer Dano See has created a featherweight kite that is stable, fast turning and suits a ‘sheet-in-and-go’ style of riding. The Aeneema’s direct on/off power and forward-flying profile is fast, responsive and delivers smooth power at a moment’s notice. Turn the power off and let the kite drift while you carve up the face or flick it on and cruise through mushy sections. The power is there when you need it and our signature also Drift lets you ride the wave when you want to.
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While this kite is marketed to the surf segment, we think it’s a great option across the board, particularly in the high wind department. The Æneema is a low aspect SLE with sweptback wingtips that features a single setting front bridle with no pulleys and two wingtip settings. The kite connects to the bar with a loop on the front bridle pigtails and knots on the wingtip pigtails. Inflation is quick and easy with the standard Boston valve, but in case you don’t have the right nozzle there’s a 9mm valve as an alternate — apparently, BWS knows the frustration of sitting on a beach looking at perfect surf with nothing but the wrong pump equipment. It seems like taking the route of low aspect on high wind kites is the way to go, but that’s not always a recipe for performance — yet in the AE, BWS has found the magic formula. With a narrow steering arc and medium to light bar pressure, this kite strikes an excellent compromise between nimble and responsive flying and predictable user-friendly handling that doesn’t distract from the mission of bashing lips. The steering response is solidly crisp and reactive with the bar pressure weighing in on the light side of medium. The AE feels fast across the window in both small sizes tested and the smallest kite needs a little bit of awareness for oversheeting when underpowered. The range is good on these kites, but the nimbleness of the kite’s movement makes placement in the power zone and squeezing every bit of power quite possible even as the wind drops. The AE has solid drift with slack conditions and the power delivery over the course of the throw feels very progressive and even. The testing team gave the AE solid marks for all-around user-friendly control with impressive but not scary flying performance when trying to line up surf in hectic high wind conditions, and at the same time, the Æneema is a great option for freeride cruising in strong wind locations.
The Æneema Undertow bar comes with a fixed length bar and 22m kite lines. It’s minimalist design and features a plastic throw line, a stiffer donkey dick and adjustable chicken loop.
It comes complete with a single center-line safety depower, low V, above bar adjustable tuning Clamcleat with adjustable length throw and a push away quick release with integrated swivel that doubles as a quick release guard. The center lines terminate in a knot and the outside lines end in loops. The integrated padded bar ends combine nicely with it’s soft rubbery molded one piece comfort grip that has always been a hit with the testing team.
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