Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19m
Sizes Tested: 9, 11, 13m

Ozone Says:

If you want to ride fast, send it for massive air and hangtime to reach altitudes reserved only for the gods the Edge is for you. Even though it can be seen winning podiums and floats riders high above the water, don’t be afraid, this is a user-friendly powerhouse that anyone can handle. Easy to access performance comes naturally through this super-charged free ride kite, it is an explosive high adrenaline machine that will leave you in withdrawal after every session.

The handling reaction time has been improved, it drives faster through turns making it easier to send it big and maximized satisfaction from your free ride sessions. The bar feeling is smoother and more progressive on the back lines as the kite transitions through angle of attack range, helping during take off to perfectly time your jumps.

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Our Testers Say:

“Massive wind range, loads of power and depower within the sheeting range, small adjustments make a big difference with its incredible lift and paraglider-like hangtime and silky soft landings.” // Dray Murray

“The Edge delivers the upwind drive, boost and hangtime you’ve come to love with an upgraded bar which really provides great feedback and comfort!” // Dan Lerer

“With wide arcing turns, this boosting machine responds quickly to bar input with sheet and go or depower as needed. Flies forward in the window with probably the largest range of any kite on the market.” // Ray Borg

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TKB Says:

The Edge is back for its 10th version with its high aspect 5-strut airframe inspired by early racing but sharpened for blistering performance big air freeride kiting. The inflation on the Edge is super easy with a large diameter Boston valve which requires a standard hose attachment that comes with most pumps. The Edge features a single setting fixed bridle that doesn’t utilize any pulleys for adjusting the kite’s angle of attack. The front bridle attachment pigtails end in loops and the wingtip attachment pigtails end in knots. The wingtips feature three adjustment settings to select your turning speed and bar pressure. The factory setting is in the middle attachment with faster turning speed and less bar pressure as you move closer to the end of the wingtip. The Edge features a relatively small diameter leading edge, super-thin bridle lines for reduced drag, and the trailing edge of the canopy has replaced dacron with a new double ripstop trailing edge that also uses foam EVA battens to control the exit surfaces.

The Edge is one of the top-performing big air kites that promises freight train like lifting power that will take you into the upper stratosphere with one of the best hangtimes of the test. In years past, this type of hyper-specialized high lift kite has come with some standard and known compromises: large and slower turning and less than completely linear power delivery along the bar’s throw — these were the targets for improvements on Ozone’s V10 task list. At first glance we noticed the Edge’s comfortable middle of the road bar pressure which makes this workhorse feel much more manageable. The Edge likes to fly in the forward part of the window which always impresses us with its strong upwind capabilities that make the upwind trip happen remarkably quick. When it comes to the power delivery along the throw of the kite, it does feel a bit more progressive or linear but testers still commented on the smaller movements of the bar translating to big changes in the lifting forces on jumps. The steering response feels crisp with bar inputs immediately transferring into the wingtips and while the turning speed feels a little faster and perhaps the kite incrementally lighter and more agile, the Edge still has the large powerful lift creating turns that will catapult you into the upper nose bleed altitudes. Testers noted sufficient depower at the end of the bar’s throw and the 5-strut canopy maintains its shape during excessive loading and overpowered riding. When it comes to jumping, the Edge delivers precision-steering response and massive amounts of lift that make it very easy to set personal height records and log extended flight plans. The Edge has the kind of high-lift canopy that can often harness second and third pockets of lift on big jumps and with its maneuverability and hangtime, it is quite amenable to ending every jump in a soft landing. When it comes to relaunch, the Edge is quite easy to recover. From nose down in the center of the window, just a bit of bar input begins to slide the kite towards one side, then a wingtip pops up and the kite taxis out towards the edge of the window before releasing for a clean and easy launch. In the larger context, the Edge continues to be a hard-charging high lift, take you to the moon kind of kite, with some minor refinements to its steering and sheeting feel that make it still quite approachable to kiters of all skill levels. If you’re looking for surf/carving-oriented performance that is easy to fly in the middle of the window, with drift and tight turns, then you should look elsewhere in the Ozone lineup. The Edge wants to be flown on the outer parts of the window, sweeping you upwind and delivering peak boosting power at the edge of the window at the flick of the bar. While the Edge has a very dedicated and established niche in the performance big air realm, we could also see the Edge as a great option for the high-speed focused foilboarder that wants to explore high speeds and steep upwind angles without crossing into the ram air market.

The Contact V4 control bar is back this year, and once again features one of the slickest quick-release mechanisms on the market with its seat belt ‘Click-In Loop’ system. The Contact is a fixed-length bar (available in 38, 45, 50 and 55cm sizes) that can be purchased with a vast array of line lengths options (10, 15, 20, 23, 25, 27m). The Contact features a single centerline safety system that runs alongside the power/throw line, down through the bar and into the quick release. The power/throw line is coated with plastic for longevity and features a low V split on the center lines. The center lines end in grey color-coded pigtails with loops for rigging purposes and the outside lines end in knots color-coded with red and blue pigtails. The Contact features above the bar tuning with a cleat and a small carbon toggle that uses a bungee built into the tuning line to keep things clean in depowered situations. The Contact V4 features Ozone’s new ‘seat belt’ technology which solves many of the challenges of reconnecting your quick release after it has been triggered. There are a number of these systems on the market, but Ozone’s seems to be one of the cleanest mechanisms to reassemble. The Click-In design doesn’t require you to hold the release open to reconnect the loop into its locked position — it just slides into the connection point and clicks. The quick release has a standard push away handle, a hand swivel above the release that also doubles as a travel guard and a molded locking finger to prevent accidental unhooking as well as a safety attachment point with suicide option. You can choose between three different size connection loops (small, medium and large), depending on your type of riding and frequency of unhooking. The padded bar ends are tunable (three knots, stock is on the center) and feature integrated floats and retractable bar bungees. The bar ends are soft in the event of accidental face contact. The color-coding on the bar runs contrary to what we typically see on the market, where the more vibrant color runs on the left side of the bar: the Contact puts a black float/grip on the left and blue grip/float on the right. The leader lines coming out of the floats are color-coded for red and blue and the grip indents have very subtle red highlights for those that are looking closely, but these are pretty sly indicators of bar polarity for those unfamiliar with Ozone products. The Contact offers a little bit wider grip with a raised pattern under your knuckles and sufficient texture to give you both a confident and comfortable grip. The Contact scored high points for its seat belt Click-In Loop mechanism and clean design in a nice light to medium weight package.

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