Sizes Available: 5, 7, 9, 11, 13m
Sizes Tested: 9, 11m

Ozone Says:

With unparalleled stability, lighter weight, improved handling and bar feeling the V2 design takes it to the next level. It excels on all surfaces, with our innovative valve design it can be set up for the water, snow and land, as a closed cell or open cell kite. The Hyperlink V2 features an all-new material combination with a durable, airtight and lightweight double ripstop for the upper and lower surfaces. The new material has a unique formulated coating to help shed water, improving flying characteristics and water relaunch. The Hyperlink V2 is durable and strong while being as lightweight as the V1 ultra-light version.

The Hyperlink V2 is a mid aspect ratio design incorporating a minimalist bridle set up, ensuring the kite is user-friendly for those taking the leap from inflatable to foil kites. Our latest bridle calculation enhances load distribution and combined with a new arc improves the overall performance of the Hyperlink V2. The handling is sharper with a refined bar feeling that is closer to the feel of an inflatable kite. Our new valve design and position with a new internal structure increases inflation efficiency. Newly designed drainage valves at both wingtips seal to keep air in and open up when water needs to drain out.

The ability to safely self-land a kite on the snow or land is a crucial feature when adventuring the backcountry or high mountain areas. We have completely re-designed the Hyperlink V2 internal structure and inflate valves to incorporate our industry-leading Internal Re-Ride Release System – the same system featured on our dedicated snowkites.

A true multipurpose foil kite with a new feeling of freedom, the Hyperlink V2 covers almost every aspect of Kiting. Freeride, hydrofoil, boost and float, air style or unhooked, backcountry snow missions, you name it and it delivers!

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Our Testers Say:

“Feels halfway between a LEI and a foil kite. Faster turning than the Soul but sits deeper while feeling remarkably quick for a ram-air kite with massive boosts and incredible hangtime.” // Dray Murray

Excellent power for its size, good speed and upwind ability with excellent lift and hangtime, but hot launching a foil in tight spaces felt a bit sketchy.” // Pierce Martin

Super stable foil kite with excellent hangtime, relaunch was excellent with the kite staying inflated on the water’s surface for 15-minutes.” // Matt Kargl

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TKB Says:

The Hyperlink V2 is the all-terrain vehicle of the freeride test because it not only covers a wide variety of sports (water, land, snow) but it also brings to the table performance that selectively hones the best features from both inflatable and ram-air kites into one platform. The key features for this version are re-positioned vents that allow for quicker inflation, a revised arc shape and new materials. The Hyperlink now has the ability to swap between an open and closed cell operation which means for the water you close the air inlets so air can’t escape and the kite floats when you crash it in the water. For snow, you open up the air inlets for faster inflation and deflation and you now get the option of the snow re-ride system that collapses the kite instantly on the snow with a clean setup for relaunch.

The first thing we witnessed with our inflatable-oriented testers is their hesitancy about rigging a kite with bridles, which can be overwhelming for the average LEI kiter. At one point during test week, we had a tester that de-rigged the kite in a mess and when we went to set it up again, the bar was twisted through the bridle lines and at first glance it seemed hopeless. It turned out, that the bridles can easily be untangled by following the green color-coded lines; clearing that line of all the cascades gets you right back to a clean bridle where you can re-connect the bar and be back on the water in five minutes. The bridle on the Hyperlink is fairly straightforward and isn’t nearly as messy as it looks. Once we got the Hyperlink in the air and on the water we could feel the improved handling in the bar feel and in the kite’s steering response. The bar seems to give better feedback on the power of the wing with the power delivery along the throw feeling just a bit more progressive. Even with this increased sheet and go feel, the Hyperlink still creates a good amount of its power from moving through the window, and the turning while having faster initiation and a crisper feel, still feels like the kite is sacrificing power while turning for the sake of a quick pivoting arc. As a result, the Hyperlink turns quickly and is easy to place where you want it in the window, but it doesn’t produce as much power while doing aggressive redirecting turns. The range of this kite is spectacular. In the lighter wind, you can feel the pull ramp up with apparent wind and you also get full depower over the kite. The Hyperlink rails upwind giving riders excellent pull from the edge of the window that testers highlighted for excellent angles of attack going both up and downwind. When it comes to boosting airs, the Hyperlink delivers solid lift and hangtime that is on the exciting side of things. We had testers that categorized it as “massive” and others “middle of the road,” which means the kite’s lift depended a bit on the skill of the rider and the wind conditions. All things taken into consideration, the Hyperlink’s lift falls just short of the explosive and insatiable lift of performance freeride big air kites, the kind you experience with the Edge. Essentially, the Hyperlink feels like a steady puller that gives you all-around performance that can be used on any surface and when ridden with extra power it will send you to the moon. We found the relaunch to be reliable; one tester pushed the relaunch envelope with a self-rescue (brought on by user error) in which the kite stayed inflated on the water for 15-minutes. The changes made to the Hyperlink this year take it one step closer towards the feel and direct handling you get with LEI kites and we think that will sweeten the seduction for dedicated freeride foilboarders, while pushing the bar forward for this kite’s original target market, the water/snow crossover kiter.

The Foil Contact Water V4 control bar is the Hyperlink bar featuring 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. Since this is built for the Hyperlink, this bar has the brake line that extends from one outside leader line to the other. Pulling on both sides of the brake stalls the kite and brings it directly to the ground. 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 bar features Ozone’s new seat belt Click-In 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 Loop 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 a suicide option. You can choose between three different sized 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 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 Foil Contact control bar scored high points for its Click-In Loop mechanism and clean design in a nice light to medium weight package.

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