De jongens van wetestkites hebben de Decathlon kite getest!
Crash for less; the Decathlon Orao
The 750 Euro Decathlon kite is probably the cheapest kite you physically can get in a shop and very attractive for beginners on a low budget. There is nothing wrong with the first Decathlon Orao “W” kite but the innovation literately stops at the bag. It isn’t a secret the Orao is in fact a spin off from an earlier version of the Ocean Rodeo Roam. That also explains the “W” indication in the Orao’s name as the Roam is at least for a significant part a wave kite. And although Orao in Serbian means ‘eagle’ more experienced riders need to realise that it is rather a sweet (Oreo?) cookie than an agile bird. So a Canadian – French combo to bring kiting to the mass for an incredible low price.
We all understand the reaction of someone just at the beginning of their kite ‘career’ when they hear a new 9m kite from any A-brand is around the 1400 Euro mark. What ever the discount we are all probably getting it will never get down to the Decathlon 750 Euro level. So how do they get down this done? For sure their team size (‘ORAO is run by seven kiting enthusiasts’), website quality orao.com (which is down) and marketing budget are a fraction of what A-brands are dealing with. But the Orao kite is even cheaper compared to smaller brands with a physical shop. Somewhere were you can actually go back to if you are unsatisfied for any reason.
Decathlon 70 Euro insurance
Decathlon has a nice unique bonus: you can add a 70 Euro two year insurance. Including exactly what the target audience need. Including If it is not repairable, the product is replaced. Which is really unbelievable. How brave from Decathlon! (But only possible within 5 days after the purchase).
The Orao is made for a big part from double ripstop. That is the standard -or minimum- any brand would use right now. But in the trailing edge there is still some single ripstop. Probably to save som