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Re: What's your favorite lightwind kite?

Postby bazzamac » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:19 pm

I'm 200lb, 17m Slingshot Turbine, dependable, solid, re-launches easy and get's me flying in 8mph with a 150x50 board.

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Re: What's your favorite lightwind kite?

Postby alford » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:24 am

8 mph? I seriously doubt that.

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Re: What's your favorite lightwind kite?

Postby ChickenD!ken » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:54 am

My 19m XR5 starts to complain at 9mph (8kts) and I’m 180lbs. Maybe he’s kiting with that new solar/UV wind sail they are about to send up to the ISS? Industry breakthrough!

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Re: What's your favorite lightwind kite?

Postby RalfsB » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:24 pm

Ozone Chrono v1 18m

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Re: What's your favorite lightwind kite?

Postby kiterocky » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:46 pm

Turbine its the worst i try...😁

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Re: What's your favorite lightwind kite?

Postby grigorib » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:43 pm

15m Turbine on a 170x50cm FlydoorXL and long lines. 37m lines is usual pick. Works perfect.
I'd prefer to rather foil and foil under a smaller wing but it's less of an option on shallow or in side-offshore wind.
8 knots is quite doable. 7 is stretching it. Given there's no big lulls.
There might be a wind gradient which I wouldn't have a way to measure but long lines and huge board give amazing advantage of planning on first dive.

I didn't like 17m Turbine as much since it was slower and too grunty for my 190 lbs while not giving lower end advantage.
I landed my 15m Turbine choice for my LW wing and I tried all of below kites for it's spot:
Flysurfer 19m Speed 3 Deluxe, 16m/14m Liquid Force NRG, 17m Best TS, Airush Lithium Zero 18m, 17m Slingshot Turbine (slow), 15.5m/12m Liquid Force Solo, 17m Core XR LW, 15m Flysurfer Sonic FR, 15m Naish Fly, 15m Ozone Chrono R1, 18m/13m Cabrinha Velocity, 13m Ozone Edge, 13m Cabrinha Contra, BRM Cloud 17m

The foils would fly static in less wind (and 15m Sonic was my second choice) but then they sucked on downwind tacks and I love ability to drift launch a LEI especially in offshore winds or small launch spots (I'd hate to "wash" the foil by drift launching, I know it's doable)

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Re: What's your favorite lightwind kite?

Postby dejavu » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:51 am

My Contra's. Love the 15 but 19M gets me out in 12kn.

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Re: What's your favorite lightwind kite?

Postby joriws » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:25 pm

Dejavu, 12kn is not light wind. It is storm for some of us.. :lol:

And 15m foil kite you'll jump&trick nicely in 12kn.


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