T5 Competition Range
The T5 is an advanced team, precision and ballet kite, developed for the Airheads team. It's easy to fly, pulls consistently but not too hard and is very forgiving.
The range includes 5 kites; they all have a very big (wide and high) window and big wind range so they cope with variable wind and have big overlaps between the kites - so less chance of having the 'wrong' kite in competition.
T5 Cuban/Zero: This is a no-compromise low/zero wind kite with increased sail area to keep it in the air when nothing else will do. For 0-8 mph wind.
T5 Taipan Light: This is a UL/SUL kite, with very similar handling to the Standard. Works best in 3-10 mph wind.
T5 Taipan Standard: This version does everything we like in a team/precision kite. Works best in 4-15 mph wind.
T5 Taipan V1: The V1(semi-vent) has a single (fixed) vent panel which kills some of the pull, without affecting speed or window. Works best in winds from 8 mph up to 20mph or more - especially when used with brakes.
T5 Taipan V2: The T5 V2 has been developed for extreme conditions. Variable venting panels allow the kite to fly in as little as 10 mph, right up to 30+.
All the kites have similar handling characteristics, although the Cuban is a special case for very light wind. Big overlaps mean you don't necessarily need all 5 kites; you can mix different combinations: 1 kite - choose Light or Standard; 2 kites - choose Light and V1; 3 kites - choose Cuban/Zero, Standard and V2.
Relatively light pull makes the T5 less tiring to fly than many team kites; it is good for long practice sessions - and also works for smaller/lighter fliers. The T5 also creates less wake (turbulence) which makes it an easy kite to follow.
The alternative name Taipan applies to the UL, STD, V1 and V2 versions and the zero version is usually called the Cuban.
More details and specifications in the handbook. Click here to download (pdf).