2018 Peter Lynn Escape V7 review

2018 Peter Lynn Aero V7 review

Great performance for advanced freeriders with a solid, connected ride feel

 

THIS TEST FIRST APPEARED IN ISSUE #93 IN JUNE, 2018

 

2018 Peter Lynn Aero V7 review

 

TEST TEAM NOTES: 

Peter Lynn may not be a brand that you’re overly familiar with, but they have a strong heritage that runs right the way back to early power kites, but they’ve also been making water kites since the very early days, initially with their twin-skin kites like the Gorilla, and of course then with tube kites. They have a very committed core following and that customer group is growing. 

The first and primary reason is that their kites have a great connection. Appealing to fliers who like a fast and clean response from their kite, we’ve really enjoyed Peter Lynn’s instinctive feel over the last few seasons, particularly on the Swell, which excelled for us as a wave kite in our 2016 Cape Town reviews. 

We’ve also seen the likes of Willem van der Meij throwing some massive boosts and loops in Cape Town in and around the King of the Air period on the Escape and what’s very evident after spending a lot of time watching most of the world’s best send jumps in Cape Town is the natural float and hang-time that the Escape can deliver. 

First up, the Escape is built a round rare four strut layout, which Peter Lynn utlize because it allows that central section of the canopy to create a lot of power and our first note is that the Escape certainly has an outstanding bottom end. The leading edge is relatively thin, which usually indicates a quicker kite and, true to design traits, the Escape combines forward flight with a good injection of energy from the canopy, which is a pleasing asset for your general riding ease. That bottom end isn’t overbearing as the wind picks up either and the Escape has a beautiful ability to harness power very manageably. The tuned and mid-weight steering also really helps add to the engaging experience of the kite. 

 

2018 Peter Lynn Aero V7 review

 

You may have read our glowing Naish Pivot review earlier this year, and what a freeride kite that is – well, this Escape is pushing that realm too. Combining a good top end with the impressive low end, the Escape is quite quick, but importantly it’s very consistent, so although it’s relatively fast you feel very in tune with it all the time. It loops really well – not in a low down dirty way, but it gets round quickly and smoothly, which makes this a kite likes to be thrown around. 

Combine that with its untechnical handling character that still produces a really impressive climb when you boost, then consider the extended hang-time, and you’ve got yourself a kite that’s very well set-up for the average twin-tipper to take them way beyond. The Aviator bar is improved and now fully featured. Feeling good in your hands, there’s no space-age tech with it – it’s not pushing that frontier, but it’s all neat, tough and very functional. The bar is available in four sizes, from 60 to 43 centimetre widths, rigs up on 22 or 24 metre lines and also comes with a chicken-loop that’s generously sized for unhooking. Although we were unable to test the unhooked traits of the kite very much in Cape Town on any decent flat water, you can feel that with just a little trimming the Escape could be set up as a steady power source, sheeting down nicely, which is impressive considering the grunt it has hooked-in when trimmed out at full power. We also know that Peter Lynn are pushing this kite as a true unhooked cross-over kite, but we can only speculate as to just how advanced you could get with it, though for at least what 80% of the unhooked generation will be doing the Escape will be more than capable. 

 

2018 Peter Lynn Aero V7 review

 

The Escape is at the more powerful end of crossing over into foiling, but there’s good, quick depower and what will make the Escape really nice for foiling is the clean forward flight, the light wind drive and the quick-response turning speed. So there’s also definitely cross-over here into waves, too. 

The build is a bit lighter than some, but the Escape definitely triumphs when it comes to getting the weight of the build just right to be strong enough for the job but not becoming too heavy to be detrimental to the positive flight characteristics of the kite. It’s really good fun to fly and we really enjoyed not having to sacrifice boost and lift as a trade-off for fast and responsive turning.  

 

SUMMARY: 

The Escape isn’t just another three strut hybrid, it’s got a fun character and delivers a very engaging freeride experience. Providing a genuinely wide wind range, the Escape’s good low end drive doesn’t suddenly become too much of a handful when the wind picks up and the user-friendliness mixes with great performance for advanced freeriders, so we’d be very happy to use this as our go-to kite all the time. 

 

KW LIKED: 

Lifty, loopy performance and lots of range. 

 

KW WOULD CHANGE: 

Beginners and early intermediates will find the Escape a bit too racey, while at the other end, if you’re looking for a hybrid kite that excels at wider and more drivey kite loops, then there are freeride kites that will provide a dirtier loop. The Escape is all about a good connection and rewarding fun for the biggest proportion of freeriders. 

 

ESCAPE BALANCE POINTS: 

Build quality: 8

Full package: 8

Low end: 8.5

Top end: 8

Steering speed: 6

Turning circle: 4

Bar pressure: 5 

Water relaunch: 9

Drift: 7

Boost: 8

Hang-time: 9

Unhooked: 6.5

Crossover: 8

Ease of use: 9

 

SIZES: 17, 15, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7 and 5m 

 

THE ESCAPE V7 IN ACTION

 

 

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