It's more like their top end is reached when the next kite size below will do a better job. These days this can mean 12//9/6 increments, but in the old days the naish guys had a quiver of kites at 1m increments from 15 downover to 5.windtzu wrote:Top end is reached when you no longer can effectively / safely control the kite in a given wind speed.
That's true, you can get sweet sizes in a range, but while we talk windsurfing - if you think about the way the opposite ends of the Airush range work, ie the Lithium vs the VX, it's almost exactly the same way that you change a sail's feel by applying downhaul from minimum to maximum.windtzu wrote:Pardon the windsurfing analogy > we would change to different sails-models in relation to size depending on our weight, and our purpose - waves, racing, etc. Some sails performed brilliantly in size "a" but were a dog in size "b" or at least not as well.
Actually aspect has little to do with it - it's the foil and general efficiency - aspect has a small part to play in that but it's not the last word by any means..windtzu wrote:I get your analogy. So generally speaking, in stronger winds, higher aspect designs are better for smaller riders than lower aspect kites, again all things equal. I assume there's other variables that go into design.
exactly..windtzu wrote:In windsurfing some companies would make two wave sail lines > one with more power for heavier riders, and one with less draft for lightweights, while being pretty much the same sail. I wonder if this is something that's practical in terms of design - ie. a normal lithium and a less grunty lithium. It would of course come down to economics. Is there enough demand to justify it. Your answer may be, they already do > the varial and the lithium.
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