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by Ianw
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite description V’s style usage
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: Kite description V’s style usage

Following on the NKB example, yes there is quite a lot of overlap between those kites (in the order Neo-Dice-Evo-Rebel). If you were unable to test the kite for whatever reason, I still think you'd have a good shot at finding the right kite based on the descriptions given and the tool on the website...
by Ianw
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite description V’s style usage
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: Kite description V’s style usage

I don't think many riders want to go through a complicated algorithm to choose between an 8m Neo or a 9m Dice for an exact set of conditions (which will probably change). Most people serious riders know their kites well enough to pick the right for the conditions. And the kite sizes are usually 2 o...
by Ianw
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite description V’s style usage
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Kite description V’s style usage

When buying a new kite or comparing similar kites of different brands, unless you are lucky enough to have a local kite shop where you can try out the different kites, in most cases this is not possible. In my experience you end up speaking to mates about which kites they like and looking at differe...
by Ianw
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: F-One 2018
Replies: 59
Views: 6051

Re: F-One 2018

... performance attributes of the Dice, Evo & Neo rolled into one kite... Sorry but having ridden all of those there are unique things about all those kites that doesn't help performance in other aspects. To have something that works super well for freestyle you give up surf ability. To make it as ...
by Ianw
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: F-One 2018
Replies: 59
Views: 6051

Re: F-One 2018

All the inflatable SUP boards have the same spring loaded valve system. If it works for them with pressures up to 15 to 20 psi v's 10 psi for the Bandit then I can't see why it won't work. Also at last a brand manufacturer has taken the initiative to standardise the inflation valve system.
by Ianw
Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Wind meters?
Replies: 18
Views: 1045

Re: Wind meters?

Yes windmeters never lie!!! I have had the Windtronic 2 for 11 years and use it whenever I kite. Obviously the wind is not consistent eg the reading at the top of the beach will be different from the waters edge. However for peace of mind and judging when to rig a 12m v's 9m V's 7m it's excellent. A...
by Ianw
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: F-One 2018
Replies: 59
Views: 6051

Re: F-One 2018

Bandit 11's. A new one line flag out system, variable length bar, large inflation valve, attractive colours, performance attributes of the Dice, Evo & Neo rolled into one kite, a step by step progression in performance from the 10's which I've enjoyed over the past year. What's not to like (price?)!!!
by Ianw
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 2017 Ride Engine vs Dakine C1
Replies: 26
Views: 5743

Re: 2017 Ride Engine vs Dakine C1

Does the RE get bigger after use? I've heard the C1 becoms a bit larger after a few sessions due to the memory foam moulding to ones shape. My waist is 34 ins ht 5ft 9ins I've got the medium 2017 RE with the fixed bar. For the first few sessions with the harness I felt the foam on the sides was mak...
by Ianw
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: My Full 2017 North Kiteboarding Kites Review - Jeremie Tronet
Replies: 2
Views: 832

Re: My Full 2017 North Kiteboarding Kites Review - Jeremie Tronet

Great kites and excellent overview of each kites uses. However IMO still too many kites to specialized and to much overlap in the North portfolio. I change my kites every 1 to 2 years I have bought Rebels in the past but this year with the choice of Dice, Evo & Rebels I was confused and bought anoth...
by Ianw
Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ride Engine Hex Core 2017 medium harness review
Replies: 0
Views: 741

Ride Engine Hex Core 2017 medium harness review

Me - 34 inch (86cm) waist 5ft 9ins (175cm) tall. Bad lower back normally aches after a 2 hr kite session. So took out a second mortgage on my house and bought the Hex core 2017 medium harness. Tried the small in the shop but felt there was not enough coverage of my lower back so got the medium. This...

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