ahmthai wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:48 am
...Unless you are racing, I don't see the advantages of going longer than 85cm. ...
Interesting, for me nearly the opposite, but I think it is a lot about preferences and spots.
95% of the time I don't have waves or shallow spots. I don't participate in races, but I use race kites and like to freerace around going distance, but also freestyle, boosting ...
Since I have my 110 cm, I nearly don't use my 96 cm anymore.
I still see the advantages of a 96 or 90 cm strut for light wind and or shallows and maybe waves. But I prefer the height for the freedom, when doing freestyle and to be able to edge hard. As I learned these days, riding real race style with a big powered kite on short lines, also the 110 cm can be "short" as the tips of a 60 cm wing can ventilate when edging very hard when there are some small wind waves. But I don't expect that we will see 120 cm struts or more in the future.
For me everything under 90 cm, which I also tried a lot, is very much another riding style:
going slow, just edging carefully a little bit ... also when doing maneuvers as 360 and other stuff, ... very limiting for me
but doesn't mean that it can't be fun, it is just another style.