A short review of the 2008 Caution Mayhem

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A short review of the 2008 Caution Mayhem

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Here is a short review of the 2008 Caution Mayhem for those of you hungry for more info.

Also the 2008 Caution Website is just about to go online jam packed with specs and info on 2008 products.

I've had the opportunity to spend some time (around 6hrs) on the new Caution Mayhems in 9m and 11m these are superb kites. Most sessions have been between 15kt - 25kt with varying surf conditions from flat to overhead.
I wouldn't say that I've tested the top end or bottom end range of either size as yet but more like the "sweet spot".

In typical Caution fashion, there are no bumps, lumps, protrusions or other "aerodynamic" changes that are obvious to the eye and they look very "normal".
The performance however is anything but normal. Aside from myself, there have been a number of other people trying these kites out and the response from everyone so far has been unanimous praise for the Mayhem. The riders trying them out have come from a wide range of products that they currently ride (Naish, North, Sling, GK, Caution, Eclipse).

The Mayhem is easily one of the best jumping kites out there and aside from the massive lift it also has great hang time and float for gentle landings. Often, kites that offer one of these characteristics are lacking in the other but the Mayhem has got the perfect combination this time around.
The bar feel is excellent and although the kites are super fast they are not 'twitchy" at all and you really feel encouraged to push everything a little harder because just feels very predictable and controllable.
There is loads of pop for no whip and wakestyle stuff and although I'm not into unhooked moves I could not get the kites to backstall from over sheeting, so they should be ok for that as well.

For wave riding the kite is super stable and the "drift" is great when going down the line. There is no tendency to fall out of the sky, even in moments when the lines are completely slack.
The turning speeds are plenty quick enough for absolutely any wave riding situation.

There is an option to adjust the turning speed and even more stability for beginners.

The bar is typically Caution. Plain & simple but very functional. I believe there are some bar changes that are not on the ones I have.
The bag is pretty basic & nothing to get exited about but I suppose I'll get over that as I don't fly the bag.

Remembering that guys flying other brands have all had very positive comments on the Mayhem I'll keep it clean by only comparing directly to the Answer II as follows:

More height in jumps
Longer hang time in jumps
More "float"
More pop
Larger "sweet spot" on sheeting motion
Faster & smoother turning
Improved stability

Hopefully the info is useful for anyone waiting for info on the Mayhems


Caution Kites - Greece:
Extreme Water Sports Ctr.
Kiprion Iroon 69 Avenue,
Kato Ilioupoli 16341, Athens, Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 9954992
Fax: (+30) 210 9954899
E-mail: windrider@windrider.gr
Website: www.windrider.gr