Looks like the "safety handles" could be cut off? If the stitching isn't being used to join any other fabric panels, only to hold on the handles?tegirinenashi wrote: ↑Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:59 pmYes, I often doubt they [kite designers/manufacturers] know what they are doing.Starsky wrote: ↑Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:16 pm...I think its very valid to point out that some of the single strut kites are more show than substance. The LF solo has never shown itself to be very light or quick and it shows when you fly one next to a cloud. In my opinion the solo was a simple knee jerk reaction without much thinking through the use of materials and construction to fully embrace the concept. Its a kite like any other with a couple fewer struts....
Exhibit#1: humongous inflation valves on light wind kite:
This is understood, using the same valve among all the product variations is simple, so why bother?
Exhibit#2: Self rescue handles (AKA "safety handles" on that Airush Ultra). I did self rescue enough times to assert those are just useless dead weight.
Exhibit#3: "Integrated Dyneema". It seems that Airush designers thought that normal canopy is not heavy enough, so they were compelled to add those strings. That may be harmless for normal kites, but why not to revisit this decision for light wind kite?
The 15m is best flown with a 24" bar, so a 20" will work ok, it'll just be less responsive when turning. At 15m, I'd prefer as much response as possible, but at the end of the day it's all personal preference.fabdimo wrote:What do you think about the compatibilty of ULTRA 15 with a SS compstick bar sentinel 20" with 23 mt lines?
Why do you think it is best alternative to strutless kites, just for jumping..more depower capabilities? I think it's heavier than any strutless.Regis-de-giens wrote: ↑Tue May 16, 2017 11:57 amThe current best alternative to foil kite IMO. I have not tested, but I am convinced it will be a wonderful light wind kite : more agile than a foil, more prone to jumps than a strutless but still with very limited weight ( so certainly not the same extreme low end on a HF, bot fot TT above 8-9 knot, no worry I think) ;
I am only a bit concerned with the fatigue of the dynema wire included in the canopy. So, one's should avoid unnecessary flaps ( sheet-in when quick turns and don't let the kite flapping on the beach since monostrut flap a lot if not weighted with a lot of sand)
I disagree here. I ride wit both 18M Velocity and 18M Chrono V2 for months in light wind on hydrofoil. The LEI gave a bit more kick during kiteloops. Having said that I prefer the foil kite for light wind condition as they make you go you faster and more upwind after the water start. What's more important in super light wind condition is the length of your lines. Longer lines will make the kite loop on a bigger arc, thus gain more speed and power during the water start.Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:14 am
Actually not true, the LEI kites turns way better than the "slow dog" foil kites yes, but the race foil kites still gives you more kick when looped thus you can start earlier on these, no doubt
Having said that, I prefer a light LEI any time, over the peak power racefoil kites (got both), because they are so much more fun in every way - and IF it goes down, no problem as you can just take it easy and either wait for a puff to relaunch, or drift comfortably ashore for a relaunch.
So much more fun, and no worries.
I was fortunate to try a 6 m2 Ultra in January (hydrofoiling), a really pleasant kite, turned well, drifted well, good power on demand and can spill power too, no flapping - a really nice encounter and definitely a choice many has been waiting for - a way more refined kite than the (older) Airush One that also was loved a lot amongst the early hydrofoilers