While working on its new stable-mate, the Tsuru, it occurred to me that some of the things I was trying might have a positive impact on the Mamba. Did they ever! The resulting kite retained its precision and pleasant manner, but the changes brought out a side of the Mamba that I'd forgotten about. They pulled out a level of edginess and tricks capability that I'd never seen in the kite. They also worked to extend the upper end of the wind range, as well as dramatically improve speed control. It became an even more fun kite to fly and brought back the old 'Blue Moon feel' that I'd been missing in recent iterations.
The sail comes forward with the panels and basic shape intact, but all of the cut-outs and points of contact have either moved or been redesigned. The frame specifications and geometry are new for the M3. I think the only carry-over is the upper spreader, but even that's in a different location!
Check out the video below for a little taste of the M3 in the sky. More images and videos coming soon!
*M3 is a new name, as well as a generation designation, as in Mamba 3.0 You may see Mamba, Mamba M3, and M3 used interchangeably.
Mamba M3 Specs
- wingspan – 97″
- height– 45″
- wind range – 4-18 mph
- sail material – Icarex PC31 polyester
- frame: SkyShark mix
- P3X spine
- 5PT lower spreaders
- Nitro leading edge
- rec. line – 80-150lb Spectra, 75-125 ft.
- price: from $359
- wind range – 2-8 mph
- frame – SkyShark mix
- P200 spine
- 3PT lower spreaders
- 3PT lower leading edge
- P100 upper leading edge
- rec. line – 50-80lb Spectra, 65-100 ft.
- price: from $359
- in development
- wind range (est.) – 8-20+ mph
- frame – SkyShark (TBD)
- rec. line – 150-250lb Spectra, 100-125ft
- price: from $399
note: The images on this page are a mixture of first and second generation Mambas, as well as the M3.
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