TEST: SHINN RESURECTOR 5M
TESTED BY: Jim Gaunt (WSW editor) & Rob Claisse (Progression.me)
WORDS: Jim Gaunt
TEST TEAM NOTES: Batman enters the building! A very intriguing test for us as we've long been fans of Shinn kiteboards. Mark Shinn is a specialist twin-tip technician, successful at bringing something unique to kiteboarding in a very competitive market. Mark has fallen in love with winging in a big way and, although the brand doesn't produce kites, they have entered the wing game at this exciting, early stage in the sport.
If you're an above average sized person, you'll be interested in this – Mark, the man who led the design of this wing, is 95 kilos and was also a double kiteboarding world champion. Not only is he a powerful man himself and in his riding style, but he needs a decent bit of grunt to get him up and going as he rides a board of only 65 litres.
While the Resurector certainly delivers when it comes to providing a solid forward pull, the wing is also superbly well balanced, so remains very manageable - which you can take on good authority from me, as I weigh only around 70 kilos.
RANGE The first session Rob had on the Resurector was a solid 30+ knots, but Rob is over 100 kilos and beyond six foot himself, so usually rides a bigger wing than me. My own first session picked up from a fun 20 knots, but when it picked up to beyond 25 soon after that it became quite fatiguing on the arms. We both noted how, while the wing is stable enough, our front arm was having to do quite a lot of work once the wind picked up in order to keep the wing driving into the wind.
The quite thick leading edge and deep aspect shape of the canopy have a lot to do with the Resurector's ability to create good power, but they also add quite a brutish element at the natural top end of the wing's wind range (and that differs for different riders, of course). However, all wings have their ideal ranges, and part of this review process is to highlight that for you. If you're a bigger rider, that top end range will likely be greater than it is for me at around 70 kilos, but make no mistake, I have had an absolute ball on the Resurector in wind speeds of 15 – 22 knots!
Above: Effortless drift into wind for upwind manoeuvres... Below: ... and for downwind pumping
Below: Easy drifting without reaching all the way to the neutral handle
SUPERB STABILITY & BALANCE The stability of the wing is a huge factor in how good the Resurector is. There are two inflation valves and we were advised to section off the tube that links the main bladder with the strut bladder so that we could inflate the strut first. Getting that super solid first and then inflating the leading edge ensured that the wing is impressively stiff. There's no need to worry about pumping this wing up hard, the thicker leading edge needs it, but the strong and robust build quality is evident wherever you inspect the wing – an obvious aim for Shinn who, as we know in kiting, make products that are going to last more than just a couple of seasons. What I really appreciate about the Resurector is that while it gets me up and going very efficiently with very little wing pumping in anything over 15 knots, it feels beautifully light and balanced when you're making any movements with the wing.
Perhaps naively when looking at the quite broadly shaped leading edge, I wasn't expecting to be dancing with such a ballerina! So you have this excellent mix of qualities: power and handling. Where the Resurector's balance is especially evident is when you're depowering the wing and holding the neutral handle for a wave ride, when pumping your foil downwind, or when throwing the wing overhead into wind for a tack. It's remarkably dainty and poised for what is quite a manly looking weapon. Although Rob was incredibly powered up on his first 30 knot session, he lasted a good while on the water because the waves were as good as we've had them on this coast for a couple of months. Again, the Resurector's drift, even with such a lot of wind running over the canopy, was remarkable, Rob agreed. Perfectly behaved, neutral in feel and happy to just sit there while you do your thing.
ENJOY THE SIZE The way to look at the range on a wing like this is that, while the Resurector may have a limit on its top end ease of use and performance where it suddenly becomes more fatiguing, the huge advantage is that you can enjoy all the benefits of riding a smaller wing in lighter winds than you otherwise might be able to. The joy of riding a smaller Resurector in waves, with the superb drift and obviously strong build quality is going to give you a lot of confidence to improve.
Shinn have packed the Resurector's power into a low aspect shape, meaning that from tip-to-tip the wing isn't as tall as some other five metres, but instead has a long middle strut. The tips are also very swept back and Rob and I both noted how more possible it is with the Resurector to rescue a tip touch down by driving the wing tip up and out of the water again while riding (instead of the wing sticking hard to the water and being irretrievable). Of course having a shorter tip-to-tip length always means that your tips will be less likely to touch the water anyway.
Image below: Notice the useful windows which offer a decent view and remain nice and clear. Also notice the swept tip shape which helps avoid so many tip catches in the water while riding. To make up for the shorter tip-to-tip length, the Resurector also has a long central strut, which can sometimes mean there's a bit more of a lifting effort required to flip the wing over for a board start at certain angles to the wind. Riders who are particularly short may find this a little more of a challenge, though probably not with the smaller size Resurectors
Images above and below: Above is our test wing which was a pre-production model with shallower-depth handles. Notice on the full production model below they're much deeper. One of our criticisms of the Resurector was the occasional knuckle rub we experienced with the shallow handles, but this is obviously no longer an issue. Other than that the EVA lined handle material has a generous girth and smoothness that's comfortable for long sessions. The longer loop of the new handles also allows for your hand position to be slightly further forward in the handle when the wind picks up, which will be useful
“The obvious highlights are: good low end, great stability, fantastic balance and impressive build strength.”
Image above: Enjoy the view!
SUMMARY: The obvious highlights are: good low end, great stability, fantastic balance and impressive build strength. Very notable is the power delivery. While there's plenty there, the way the wing delivers power is like a using a touch screen volume control that allows you to intricately increase sound levels, rather than the older analog radios that required multiple button presses, each raising the power a good chunk. On the Resurector it's all very linear, I just reached my arms limit sooner than the Strike, so I'd build my quiver with a smaller wing in the line-up. Nothing wrong with that – in fact who doesn't want to ride a smaller wing when carving around the ocean?! WSW LIKED:
Excellent blend of power with beautifully balanced handling, especially overhead or when drifting.
WSW WOULD CHANGE: The inflation valves are a little more of a fiddle than the SUP style inflation valves, needing one hand to hold the cap and spinning collar while you undo or tighten the valve in the thread to prevent the little leash rope for the cap getting twisted round the valve. There is also a tendency of the valve to be difficult to unscrew after your session if you over tighten it once you've inflated the wing. It doesn't need to be overly tight as you then put a second cap on and a padded cap over that, so it's nice and secure anyway and doesn't expel any air. These valves are very commonly used on kites and are proved in terms of longevity, so just a couple of practical things to be aware of here, rather than change.
RESURECTOR BALANCE POINTS x/10: Robust / build: 8 Power: 8 Depower stability: 8 Strong wind handling: 7 Light wind power generation: 8.5 Stability: 8.5 Upwind drive: 7 Manoeuvrability: 7.5 Ease of use: 8 RESURECTOR SIZES: 7, 6, 5, 4 & 3m