HQ4 Empulse Closed-Cell Foil Kite
What HQ4 has to say about the Empulse Kiteboarding Kite
With the Empulse, we developed a kite that combines the best of both worlds: whether you prefer the quick inflation and deflation of an open-cell kite on land, or the added security of a closed-cell kite on water – the choice is yours. With the Empulse’s adaptive valve system, set up the inlets however you want and enjoy peak performance on any terrain. This wing is not a just a high-end machine! It was designed from the beginning to do exactly what you want it to do. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced rider, everyone will find the Empulse easy to use with a fast learning curve, and performance that continuously improves alongside your own riding level. You set your own limit here! We have built a kite that will impress from the very first ride. High stability and exceptionally easy handling are at the core of this kite, allowing you to progress rapidly in foiling or any other kite sport. The Empulse is a kite that rides far ahead in the wind window while generating minimal side pull, even at high speeds. Our design philosophy has always placed great importance on creating efficient and lightweight structures that don’t sacrifice durability or performance.
Quick, agile and easy to navigate, the Empulse loves to move. The super clean wrinkle-free wing profile is strikingly evident once in the sky, and helps make upwind riding a breeze. A well-balanced relationship between aspect ratio and profile curve makes the Empulse an easy-to-control performance kite. Wide wingtips directly transfer every steering impulse. Send the kite and get ready for takeoff: the superior hangtime of the Empulse stands ready to take you high and bring you down gently again.
The strengths of this kite clearly are its foil capabilities. Once in cruise mode, the kite sits comfortably in the air where riders can fully concentrate on their board and maneuvers. Even at high speed the side pull remains minimal and the Empulse executes rapid course changes with ease. Bar pressures are light, and the kite’s depower capability remains one of the best in its class.
The Empulse shape is extremely clean: “Advanced panel shaping” and leading edge deformation control allow for an incredibly wrinkle-free airfoil. The wingtips of the Empulse have been designed extra wide so that steering impulses transfer precisely and directly to the entire wing.
The Empulse bridle incorporates a simple and efficient design to minimize drag. Color-coded, well-dimensioned bridles make it easy to attach the flying lines. For the Empulse we use lines that are measured and sewn under tension. While this type of process is normally reserved for paragliders, the added quality and attention to detail ensures maximum durability in extreme conditions. The Empulse mixer system is made from long lasting and extremely tough AmSteel© leash. Even after many hours of flying, the bridles require no re-trimming and performance is maintained for a long time.
The choice of material for the Empulse could not be any better. All wings are made from a proven mixture of 20- and 30D-ripstop material. We’ve found this to be the perfect compromise between lightweight for calm conditions and strength for high speeds. To guarantee immediate response to steering impulses and changes in the angle of attack, we use a stiff and durable 70D-fabric for the profile walls.
- Crease-free design
- Durable materials
- Perfect for foiling
- Suitable for light winds
- Colored Dyneema bridle
- Max. upwind performance with minimal lateral pull