BIGger is better! The SPLEENE BIG will save your kite stats. Fun lightwind sessions with an unusually agile tube kite.
Lightwind | Freeride Kite
15m – 17m
The BIG is the new lightwind kite from SPLEENE. Powerful in the lowest wind range and easy handling for endless freeride pleasure. In addition, outstanding agility thanks to Gemini-4-Strut design.
- Super low end
- Easy handling
- Maximum agility
- Huge windrange
- Direct feeling
- Mega hangtime
Highlights of the SPLEENE BIG
The BIG sends its predecessor QX light into retirement. The new lightwind kite from SPLEENE comes with many improvements.
The new bridle increases the wind range and provides more agility. The homogeneous bar-feeling allows a precise and effortless control of the BIG and always gives a perfect feedback.
The premium material Quad-Ripstop Teijin 4X is used for the canopy. Minimal material stretch and stable for years with its excellent properties. For the front tube and struts, the important skeleton of the BIG, we rely on high-end Dacron, made in Germany, by Dimension Polyant. Maximum stability with minimum weight gives the BIG its consistent profile in every situation. The result is a kite with an ultra-direct flight feeling.
The BIG sets new standards in manufacturing. Seams, valves, connections – numerous details were put to the test and further optimised. The effort was worth it: the BIG has the highest level of quality.
Super low end & easy handling
Key feature of a good lightwind kite? It has to start early and remain stable if the wind picks up. This describes the BIG perfectly. Even in the 17m size, you can use the kite up to 20 knots. The low end is 6 knots.
Jumping with the BIG is also a real pleasure. Whether you actively build up line tension over the edge or simply steer the kite “backwards”. The BIG lifts you powerfully into the air. Due to its size alone, you can enjoy real sightseeing flights.
Especially during lightwind sessions, the kite can land in the water. No problem with the BIG. One pull over the steering line is enough to relaunch the kite. The Delta profile quickly straightens the kite and the BIG simply launches into the air at the edge of the wind window. You can also launch the BIG backwards using both steering lines.
The BIG’s Gemini-4-Strut design is unbeatable in terms of turning speed and responsiveness.
Why? Kites without a middle strut twist far better than kites with a middle strut – the best prerequisite for direct turning. The BIG thus implements steering commands more directly and precisely. You will be surprised how agile kites of this size can fly and how much fun the kite is for freeriding.
Thanks to its lightwind profile, the BIG has a lot of power that can be harnessed directly. The pull is powerful and controlled, especially in the low end. The lightest of breezes will get you on the board.
But even when the wind picks up, the BIG remains very controllable, an indispensable safety feature in areas with gusty winds. The optimised bridle, the Gemini-4-Strut design and the balanced centre of gravity make the depower efficient. At the same time, you can give or take a lot of power to the kite via the adjuster. You can easily fly both kite sizes over 20 knots.
The bar feeling of the BIG is homogeneously tuned. Even when you fly the kite at full power, the kite is easy on your arms. Nevertheless, you get enough feedback from the kite and always know exactly where it is.
In addition, the Quad-Ripstop Teijin 4X prevents any spongy feeling. The premium flying cloth makes the kite not only more robust, but also much more direct over the entire wind range than double or triple ripstop cloths.
The power of the BIG also shows in the air. The Gemini-4-Strut design gives the kite a lot of free area in the centre. Combined with the high aspect ratio, the BIG carries you through the air with mega hangtime. You can enjoy the flight to the fullest, have plenty of time for board-offs and other tricks and are gently set down by the BIG at the end.
What is the technology behind the SPLEENE BIG?
Never stop innovating. The BIG combines refined design details with high-end materials and the best workmanship. The result is one of the best freeride kites on the market.
Modern lightwind kites are designed in the Delta-Shape. With this shape, the so-called aspect ratio, simply put, the ratio of length to height of a kite, is significantly greater than with C-kites, for example. Lightwind kites are more elongated, offer the wind more lift surface and therefore need to be moved less to develop propulsive power. The leading edge is swept, which gives the kite a pleasant bar feeling and simplifies the relaunch. We have trimmed the Delta-Shape of the BIG for a large wind range with a deep low end and overall easy handling. Despite its size, the kite is enormously agile. We have designed the bar feeling to be homogeneous. So you can enjoy many sessions with your BIG without having to massage your arms in the evening.
SPLEENE consistently relies on a 4-Strut design for its kites. Compared to kites with a middle strut, a 4-Strut kite combines the characteristics of two worlds: A stable strut skeleton for highest loads with a simultaneously weight-optimised setup to stand stable in the sky even in light winds.
Adaptive bridle system
The 4-point bridle of the BIG is equipped with three pulleys. The kite permanently adapts its profile to the wind and gently absorbs gusts. Even during fast manoeuvres, the Adaptive Bridle System allows the kite to adapt ultra-fast and react harmoniously. This gives the BIG a significantly larger wind range – a decisive advantage over so-called fixed bridle systems.
Quad-Ripstop Tejin 4X
The BIG is equipped with the best canopy the market has to offer. The 4X flying cloth from the Japanese company Teijin has been the non-plus-ultra for kites for several years. The material has the best values in terms of stretch, tear strength, weight and UV resistance. The Quad Ripstop not only makes the kite more durable – the whole feeling is more direct and you get a noticeably better feedback from the kite.
High-End-Dacron “made in Germany”
Front tube, struts and kite reinforcements are equipped with an extremely high-quality Dacron from the German manufacturer Dimension Polyant. This Dacron has a very high strength and at the same time a very low weight. If necessary, the kite can be inflated tightly to perform confidently even in strong winds. The UV resistance is also outstanding – a very important criterion for the longevity of the kite.
Of course, the BIG has a one-pump system. The new One-Pump valve is equipped with a bayonet lock and allows quick inflation and deflation. The struts have extra wide passages and can be closed with a clamp if necessary. Valves and bladder (also “Made in Germany”) are welded with a special glue & technique, , to protect you from “flat feet”.
The panels in the canopy are aligned in a V-shape. This distributes the pull forces in the Quad-Ripstop Tejin 4X canopy of the kite optimally. The kite remains stable and calm even in heavy gusts. At the same time, the pressure point on the bar remains the same and requires less intervention.