1) maybe it will be enough depends on the snow, how well it glides, the altitude too, wind power decreases with altitude, long lines can help surematzh wrote:Hello
I already got a tube kite(slingshot rpm 12m) but want to enjoy the snowy mountains close to my home. Would like to climb mountains, but also be able to do some freestyle.
Will the rpm do the job in 3-4m/s, if not would it help alot or anything at all to buy extra long lines?
How will light wind performance be on a foil the same size(12-13m)?
Enyone got some experience with the GIN eskimo(13m) foil kite in light winds?
I love riding LEI on snow when possible ; however IMO foils are the only kites ( with strutless LEI in a moderate way ) that allow you to have fun in the range 5-8 knots. Among foils, for mountains application specially, I will never choose a race foil kite ; you rather need a more stable/agile freeride foil , that will have same or better low end, pull you better in the deep snow or high slopes and more prone to freestyle. And some foils have the same stability as LEI, but less depower and a bit less speed on hard snow or ice compared to race foil kites, which can be a great advantage when going up or down significant slopes.matthepp wrote: If you have steady winds others will tell you that a high efficiency race foil is the only way to go.
What if you want to freeride down without a kite and then climb up again? Then how about packing kite down on tight spot on top of mountain with high winds? For example Peak3 when released to safety will naturally stop flying and "compress" leading edge and you can stand still and reel the kite in.kitejumping wrote:Just take your existing setup up there. LEIs are easier to kiteloop compared to a high ar foil, and you will be doing lots of kiteloops if you want to climb a lot of vert.
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