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Detox 2021 – Super Ultra Light

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Two years of development, countless hours of testing, prototyping, and, more than anything, a passion for continuous development had led to the born of a new kite, Detox SUL.

Detox was designed from the ground up by Stephen Versteegh with just one objective in mind, to have the best possible tool to compete at the top level in quad line kite competition, and he brought to the kiting world what we believe is the perfect kite for the serious competitor.

But there was a missing piece, a very delicate and challenging one, a kite for very low winds … and here comes the SUL.

SUL is a new concept, again, on the Detox family. It is a very unique kite devised for these days when nobody can fly for lack of enough wind. We will make it clear up front, this is not an indoor kite, there is no indoor competition, this is a low wind kite, the best we have ever flown.

With SUL we have managed to get the competitor fully covered for any weather conditions he can find in competition, with a sail perfectly suited for every wind range. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of that beauty.

The design is an evolution of the standard Detox, in our opinion, minimalistic engineering at its best. We have slimmed down the Standard to the bare bones, every single gram that we have managed to pull off the kite has been taken.

That makes for an amazing number … the kite, ready to fly, weight just a tad under 120 grams, yes you read right, 120 grams!! A standard weight roughly 200 gr and a full vented 250 gr… now that is something, a 40% weight reduction compared to a standard!!.

We have done so without sacrificing any durability of the kite and keeping the general aesthetics of it to fit perfectly with the rest of the sails. We would love to say that the behavior is just the same as the rest of the range, but wouldn’t be fair, it is a different beast.

Bear in mind that flying in very low winds makes for a different flying technique and there will always a learning curve. But, once you get the feeling of it, you can perform the SAME routines that you already fly with the standard, just in much less wind. SUL is here to help you learn the low wind techniques, your perfect companion.

Al maneuvers are possible with SUL, same precision, tracking, trickability, and presence in the sky, quite a feat if you ask us.

So, how did we do it? Many things are unique to the SUL. Let’s analyze some of them.

The sail itself is still 3D shaped, but it has been increased in area to make a bigger sail that catches more wind and handles easier. The mesh in the LE has been discarded and the general shape of the kite has been modified, ever so slightly, to perfectly fit its frame.

Talking of which, it is framed in Skyshark. We used 2P (straight) for the LE and 2PT (conical) for the verticals. At 9.5 gr each, they are super light, with the right flex on them, and perfect for that use.

The manufacturing of the sail itself has been thinned down to the limit too. All back reinforcements are gone, the LE is made of ripstop instead of dacron, the reinforcements left had been shrunk to the absolute minimum. Even the fittings had been shaved to the smallest possible. That is the magic to get to those 120grams …

Then for performance. The conventional bridle we use in the rest of the range was not the best suited for the SUL, so Mr. Versteegh devised another of his genius concepts, a half bridle.

We like to fly indoor quads with no bridle, it works great and offers numerous advantages. But that was not enough for SUL, we needed to give support to the LE so we can use a really thin and light frame.

The solution? the bridle got thinned down to the limit by using just what was needed to give that support, the top part. Amazingly enough, it works wonderfully and keeps the same design philosophy of knot-free – tangle-proof kite.

To achieve perfect kites, we keep improving our toolset on the shop and SUL is the best example.

It is the first kite from Los Hermanos fully laser cut. All parts of the kite are now cut with sub-mm precision, no patterns anymore which are always subject to human failure, perfect pieces every time, perfect symmetry, perfect… everything.

BTW, we designed and put together the laser cutter ourselves … we love getting in trouble!

There are tons of technical details embedded in the design, it took 2 years to develop for a reason… but we want to explain a single detail, again from the genius mind of Mr. Versteegh.

The verticals are conical. The obvious way to fit the spar to the frame is to put the thick side to the LE and the thin to the lower wingtip. We do it the opposite way, pretty counterintuitive but amazingly interesting.

If you think of the shape of the kite, it is 3D, which means that there is a camber in the sail while in flight. When you put a conical spar under tension you get a bowed shape, more pronounced towards the thin side, ie forming an asymmetrical curve. We use that behavior to our advantage by inverting the spar and making it follow the shape of the camber for even better handling of the kite.

And to make it foolproof, the fittings, which are unique to the kite, are designed in a way that makes it impossible to put it together wrong. Details, you know …

You can have the same colors as always plus a new one, Florian color. It is a little homage to the great photographer and friend Florian Czech which is the eye behind the gorgeous pics you are watching here. You can have it too.

Custom color combos available at no extra cost and the fastest delivery on the market. We manufacture ourselves in the EU and our compromise is to deliver within 2 to 4 weeks, and that is the maximum, normally even less.

Of course, we can write books on the subject but believe you have a good idea now of what an SUL is, the best thing to do next? try one for yourself, you will not regret it!

Last but not least, SUL is the cheapest Detox available, it takes less work to be manufactured and we love to be fair to our customers/friends.

If you have never tried Detox this might well be the perfect opportunity to have one for yourself! We know it’ll be the first of many …

There is a lot already said about it, but we want to leave no questions without answer and that is why there is a support area in this site where you can ask us and the research team whatever you like to know about the kite.

If you want to stay up to date with the Detox you are also welcome to become a fan of the Detox FB page where we post everything Detox related. And of course, if you feel you have any improvements to be made on the kite we would love to hear about it, we learn from you and  Detox is an always evolving project!

 Detox FB fan page

We know that was tempting enough for you so … hit that link to the right and get you own Detox with your favourite color, even better, plan for a full set … we know you will not have enough with just one, you’re gonna want to fly it everyday on every wind!

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Detox 2019

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Setting new standards in quadline technology

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Detox Manufacturing Insights

What it takes to build a competition machine

There is a lot more to our kites than what is apparent. They are designed and manufactured with competition and competitors in mind and today we would like to give you some insights into the process of bringing one of these pieces of (in our opinion) art, to life.

In these videos, we share with you our almost 30 years of expertise in making and developing kites and techniques to make them better. Its been a taught decision to publish this content, its taken literally decades of work to arrive at these techniques we are showing here, but we believe that it is important to share them.

As a competitor using our top-level kites, you must be able to, not only service your kite but fully understand the nitty-gritty on it. The downside is that we are releasing a lot of information that can be copied and misused, well life is like that and we trust in the honesty of people, yeap, quite naif but is how we are.

By no means we pretend that these techniques are the best or better than anybody else, it is just the way we do things and what works for us. We sincerely hope you’ll grab some tricks you can use or at least have a good time watching it. Now enjoy the videos!

Introduction and first connector

Here we show you how we put toghether the top leading edge connector. Quite some interesting techniques and improvements explained.

Lower wingtip

Here we show you how to put toghether the knot-less bungee connector, an amazing development by Los Hermanos that will probably amaze you as it is a technique ‘delicatessen’

Leading edge wingtip

Part one of the two step process to mount the leading edge wingtip connector , again a fantastic piece that deserves a deep explanation. Here you’ll find how to properly handle the wingtip line in case you take it off the kite, easy when you know how.

The bridle part one

Our process to make a competition bridle for a quad kite, our technique allow us to make perfect bridles every single time with perfect replicability between different kites.

We feel really proud of our technique to do that.

The bridle part two

We keep building up the bridle and showing you what it takes to make a perfect bridle every time.

The bridle part three

We finish the bridle and show you the second part of the LE wingtip connector. With that the kite is finished.

And that was it, we hope you’ll enjoy the information and find it usefull. Comment below if you need any further explanations or want to share with us and the comunity your experience or feedback, we would love to hear your thoughts!

And if you want us to shoot more videos like that ones just ask us what you like to know next and we’ll see what we can do!

Thanks for watching!

Still don’t have a Detox?

If not you are missing some of the best quad kite flying experience ever, hit the link to the side and put your hands on one, you won’t regret!

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Cable management trick

 

Making life easier in the shop

Just a little trick we use in the shop for hot cutting fabric. We are always looking for these little things to make our life  a bit easier and help improve quality at the same time. If the tool is easier to handle then the work tends to be better. Just a quick one.

Detox 2019 – Deep Dive

The results speak for themselves

From the incredible mind and talent of Stephen Versteegh combined with the engineering of los Hermanos we are proud to introduce the all improved Detox 2019.

Detox helped Stephen Versteegh to win the last European Championships and keep earning top places with Daniel Hoath winning UK 2019 quadline individual  champion and pairs with his dad Stephen Hoath too!

There must be something about that beauty.

So what makes the Detox such a special quad? Well, let’s find out.

Detox is a complete redesign over the classic quadline kite concept. The incredible mind of Stephen Versteegh designed the first (and so far only) 3D shaped quad sail for the Detox. That single fact makes the kite completely different in-flight to anything you might have tried before. The kite does not need the wind nor any pressure to take its perfect shape in flight, which occurs with all quads, it always keeps its designed shape no matter what.

The next big thing is the materials chosen, it is made in Icarex and another tricky material which, at the same weight, allows for stretch in the center panel. Just the right amount of stretch to let the kite take that perfect shape in flight. The only downside to that configuration is aesthetics in the ground, it might look a bit wrinkled and that is by design, the kite is made to have a perfect shape in the air, not grounded. And it does.

Sized in between the classic sizes 1 and 1.5 at 250 cm, which makes for the perfect balance between presence in the air and the aggressive flight that top pilots need for their tools. Because this is not just a kite, it is a flying toolunlike any other. Another genius idea from Mr. Versteegh, framing, by using a mixture of classic size 1 and 1.5 it gets to the desired size by using just standard-sized spars.

Due to its design, the windrange of Detox is just amazing. With a range of Standard, SemiVented, Vented and XtraVented we cover the full windrange. But we are never happy and that is why there will be two more versions available later this year, the SupeUltraLight for close to no wind and the Tempest version for those days when you need stones in your pockets … 6 different sails that will leave no conditions out of range. And our extensive color chart leaves no taste without a favourite.

It flies backward like nothing you’ve seen before, it does all the tricks in the book and all the nice stuff you are used to with unparalleled precision, all of a sudden it is like you put rails in the sky.

But where it shines is when you fly with some friends. It is designed to be the perfect companion for teams, offering a wide range of advantages you’ll find nowhere else. We have shaved all tangling parts off the kite. As a team flier you know tangling in mid-air is a common failure (if not the most common) and we are in the fight to help you avoid it.

The new rock-solid wingtips allow for a knot-free mounting of the kite and all the bits that can get tangled are gone. No more sticking your kite onto the bungees of your mate’s kite.

The bridle is the next biggest tangling culprit, knots are always looking for trouble. That is why we just got rid of them all, not a single knot is left in the whole attachment of the bridle. Actually, the bridle exits directly from the connector with nothing to be seen other than the line, as clean as that.

That was no easy task, it’s taken months of solid research, and the only way we’ve been able to make it is by designing (and manufacturing in house) a new range of connectors for the kite (we call them DetoNectors!). Three different ones actually, because each mounting of the kite has different requirements and you know, one hat cant fit all heads! We even make the bungee knot to disappear like magic … no knots even in the bungee!

We are far from perfect and that is why we have created the Detox Research Team, a small collective with some of our best friends and competitive kitefliers. We have talked intensively on what the needs of competitive kite fliers are. Things that we can not think about as we do not compete … and some new ideas and improvements have born from them. One of our favorites is the new leading lines.

When you do team fly, your lines (your pretty expensive and valued lines) get quite a punishment when crossing with the leading edge of other kites in the team, in maneuvers like kissing it is pretty obvious, but it happens all the time. We decided to save them and have included long lead lines in our new bridle.

The lead lines are easily interchangeable, so if they break you can always put some new ones, you can think of it like a fuse. They are available in different sizes and weights from us, or you can make your own easily. An added benefit is that they can provide some drag in high wind conditions if you choose to use really thick ones …

We have toughened up the kite, a lot. Every single wear point has been reinforced. We use thick webbing to reinforce the contact point of the vertical spars with the leading edge, no more holes there. The infamous sawing effect of the vertical spars against the sail is gone, with our new bungee-less leading edge there is no saw effect, thus there is no wearing and no horrible mylar stripe needed (we have always hated it …). And all this while keeping the weight! Just the same as always.

Talking of elastics, we got rid of most of them. They are not really needed and getting rid of them allows for a much cleaner and stronger construction. The wingtips are now completely clean, the bridle comes out straight from the vinyl endcap, that is it. You can apply as much tension to the LE as you like effortlessly. There are 6 layers of reinforcement in some points and some thick hidden kevlar lines take care of the strength required. Nothing to be seen outside… all is hidden for better aesthetics and performance.

The top attachment of the vertical spars is also made with no bungee. A clever double loop of line makes for a strong yet discrete and tangle-free attachment of the spar to the sail. The needed elasticity is provided by the only bungee we kept on the sail at the lower wingtips which also provide the capability of tuning the stiffness of the sail (although they come fine tuned from us).

We could have made it to be flat at the top, in the connection to the LE, and was the plan, but from the research group came the fact that the little protrusion off the LE is necessary sometimes so the kite can ‘grab’ ground and allow for the sail to catch wind when laying flat to the ground, otherwise it would just slide …. Details from the masters.

And then the unnecessary bits that we love. We like to think we make the kites we would love to buy and that is no exception. We put some details on it that we love.

Our new 100% ORIGINAL logo means a lot to us. It is there to state out loud that our kites are 100% made in our workshop by our very own hands (the same that are writing this actually…). Nothing wrong with Chinese mass-produced kites but ours are 100% manufactured by our very hands and the patch is there to prove it. With us, you know for real who made your kite.

As a small bonus we devoted the other wingtip to the nametag, there is a specific spot for the numbering of the kite (they are all numbered) and for your name to be put on it. It is sad but kites get sometimes lost (or even worst, stolen) and having your name and contact permanently attached to the kite can be really helpful. We think in details … yeap.

And here comes the little thing that we love … magnets! There are some good reasons for that but we just love the fact that we managed to use magnets on a quad! We’ll explain.

When you compete you really need to manage kites fast as you get in and out of the main arena. You have to carry full sets of kites from place to place and you need to park many kites on the ground very often. Until now the solution for grounding has been to put a spike through the center of the bridle and to the ground so the kite stays there. To leave the lines attached to the kite and rolled in the handles (for transportation to the main arena and other displacements) the standard is to velcro the handles through the same point in the bridle. The side effect is fatigue on the bridle, making for a weak point over time. We don’t like it and we fixed it!

Here comes the magnetic bit … We have included a small magnet in the center of the leading edge, embedded on it. And we have devised a removable magnetic tab that attaches to the LE in the center, just in the same hole as the bridle. This provides an attachment point for your lines and a place to stake your kite to the ground that is completely separated from your nice valued bridles and that will exert no wear on them.

When not in use it just attaches magnetically to the back of the kite to just disappear. Even better if you don’t like it, it is easily removable so you can just get rid of the thing and that’s it.

And hey, now you have a magnet on the kite to attach things … you can have a tail on it that will just detach off the kite in case of it getting tangled or if someone catches it (children, dogs … you know …) We believe there are many new ideas to come from that tiny little change …

There is a lot already said about it, but we want to leave no questions without answer and that is why there is a support area in this same page where you can ask us and the research team whatever you like o know about the kite. If you want to stay up to date with the Detox you are also welcome to become a fan of the Detox FB page where we post everything Detox related. And of course, if you feel you have any improvements to be made on the kite we would love to hear about it, we learn from you and  Detox is an always evolving project!

 Detox FB fan page

Last but not least, we are relentless travelers and will make everything we can to put a Detox on your hands so you can try it at some kite festival soon!

See you there!

We know that was tempting enough for you so … hit that link to the right and get you own Detox with your favourite color, even better, plan for a full set … we know you will not have enough with just one, you’re gonna want to fly it everyday on every wind!

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Detox 2019

339,00399,00 Plus VAT

Setting new standards in quadline technology

Follow Detox on Facebook to stay up to date on all things Detox!

New Los Hermanos Quad kites range

We have been making quad line kites for the best part of the last 10 years. We have been improving all the aspects of the kites, bringing new technologies to them and changing the design to a point where our quads have become a full-blown design of its own.

We have been blessed by the original designers of the first quad in history with their confidence and trust on our workmanship to have been the only company officially allowed to make their kites with our techniques.

Those have been years of a great relationship and we will always be glad of them. But markets evolve and Los Hermanos need to become a brand of our own, is the only way we can maintain the high-quality standards we impose to ourselves and keep designing breakthrough products.

We keep producing our beautiful printed kites with our own brand on them with even higher quality, attention to detail and constant innovation.

To you, our valued customers and friends who have trusted our kites for so long, there will be no difference other than the always increasing quality of our kites. We’ve always been part of the family and will always be!

Have a look at these pages to get an idea of our range!