downunder wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:19 am
flixern wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:52 pm
I've been thinking about buying an equipment that can measure my jumps. Specifically height and air-time. Should work on both snow and water. Would also be nice if it has GPS-tracking.
So, do I get myself Piq, Xensr or Woo; or do I have other options? Which one gives the most accurate result compared to price? And which one is easiest to use?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
This is your 4th post?
And you're thinking to 'measure' your jumps? I'm not being a 'downer' but for ~$300 invest in more time on kiting, and not 'gadgeting'.
The reason being is that I rarely check my height any more, it's like 'yeah whatever it says' after the sesh. The added value is actually low, once you pass the initial purchase excitement. Yes, I see my mates scores, but whatever, it means nothing because it does not say anything about:
I do not think it will improve your jumping abilities either. Others might disagree..
I fail to see the relevance of his post count on this forum? Looks like he has a year or two of kiting under the belt and enough kite gear.
Sure, it doesn't measure "STYLE" (even a contest judge can't do that properly), but jumping high is more about getting the rush and less about looking stylish while you're up there.
I've been kiting a while and still ride strapped so I can boost whenever the waves are flat or it's too strong to stay in the pocket. I recently got a Woo and quite enjoy it for a few reasons:
Even though it's probably not 100% accurate (in terms of actual height), it seems very consistent. The top guys are within few centimeters of each other, and my own jumps in a particular session are all within 1m of each other
I fine tune technique and compare height and hangtime results afterwards, for example to compare working-the-kite vs simply sheeting in/out. Woo does not have immediate display (and I don't want to kite with a phone), but you can can still change technique halfway through a session and then compare results after.
The leader boards on the app is interesting, so you can see who's getting the highest at a particular spot in the same conditions.
The feed is really interesting as I see who kited where and the best spots for certain conditions. You could even find spots you don't know about through the app.
In terms of being a gadget, it's small and has great battery life, so it doesn't add hassle to rigging or riding time - I just leave it on the board and forget about it.
It has freestyle mode that is supposed to measure how extreme your moves are - you can supposedly register new moves too. I haven't tried it and probably won't but it could be interesting for the freestyle kids.
Overall it's a fun toy to have.
I think GPS is only really worth having if you're doing downwinders or long distances, else you just end up with a spagetti mess of red lines on a map. Not sure how accurate the GPS is on the Xensr either. I think if you are serious about recording GPS routes, including Barometer assisted altitude, then I would probably check out the Suunto Ambit3 Vertical watch. It uses both (US) GPS and (Russian) Glonas and combines it with Barometer for accurate position and (relatively accurate) altitude. Has a cool video making tool too.