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by Pump me up
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Foil kites on wet beaches
Replies: 33
Views: 1816

Re: Foil kites on wet beaches

In my experience foil kites would start showing signs of age at 100 hours. LEI kites are still going strong at over 200 hours. Inflatables have a vastly superior lifespan cf ram airs After several weeks of use, ram air bridles typically stretch and deform, further compromising aerodynamic performan...
by Pump me up
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Foil kites on wet beaches
Replies: 33
Views: 1816

Re: Foil kites on wet beaches

Ram airs are INFERIOR in wet conditions. Ram riders describe flying wet ram air kites like flying a wet sleeping bag in the air. Other ram lovers say they have similar problems in heavy rain and in surf with spray. Ram airs become wet, heavy, difficult to steer, and just downright dangerous when lau...
by Pump me up
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: LEI vs Foil Kite Vertical Boosting
Replies: 33
Views: 1663

Re: LEI vs Foil Kite Vertical Boosting

Very informative, I'm waiting for PMU to settle this question with logic, science and a view point detached from personal bias and hype. Thanks for the invitation to speak on this topic. Ram air kites ("foils") are grossly INFERIOR compared to inflatables for vertical boosting. As previous posters ...
by Pump me up
Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Warranty w Flysurfer - Failed Bridle Lines on Soul
Replies: 21
Views: 1474

Re: Warranty w Flysurfer - Failed Bridle Lines on Soul

I was middle of a jump and dropped hard due to the failure of a green bridle line on the port side. It was a scary moment. Has anybody worked through their warranty claims? Unfortunately this is a common problem with ram air kites in general and Flysurfer in particular. Ram air bridles are incredib...
by Pump me up
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 2837

Re: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2020

But the amount of swimming in, exponentially increases with the number of riding in this conditions. Happens to everyone. Thanks Downunder - you are 100% correct! And you allude to one of major problems with ram airs: swimming-in with a waterlogged ram air kite is a scary, dangerous NIGHTMARE. Chec...
by Pump me up
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2020
Replies: 39
Views: 2837

Re: Predictions for Ram Airs in 2020

Well, it’s 2020. Ram lovers have had enough time now to recover from their huge NYE parties (catching dragons and fighting goblins on WoW) to refocus on the myriad problems of ram air kites, which they like to hide-away on their own special forum: https://kiteforum.com/viewforum.php?f=197 Many ram a...
by Pump me up
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Ram airs crash in 2019
Replies: 56
Views: 5632

Re: Ram airs crash in 2019

2020 is approaching. It's time to look at the failure of ram air kites this year with 20/20 vision. Despite a multitude of ridiculous claims from ram lovers, ram airs cRaSHeD. A well-known designer for ram-air-central, i.e. FLYSURFER, had this to say: “… it’s the Tube-kite that stands victorious. Fr...
by Pump me up
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: now foil kiters are saying their kites drift better
Replies: 149
Views: 7408

Re: now foil kiters are saying their kites drift better

DRIFT, RIGIDITY, STABILITY, & FOIL SHAPE Often the best wave riding conditions occur with cross-offshore wind. Ram airs are soft and floppy and are prone to collapsing, twisting, and falling in such conditions. In cross-offshore conditions, ram airs DO NOT drift better - they are frightening, unrel...
by Pump me up
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: now foil kiters are saying their kites drift better
Replies: 149
Views: 7408

Re: now foil kiters are saying their kites drift better

COMPETITION If ram air kites DID drift better, they'd dominate in competitions. It hasn't happened. NO ram riders have ever made it into the top 20 in high-quality, well-subscribed competitions e.g. https://www.gkakiteworldtour.com/rankings-2019/ .The top pro riders ALL use inflatables because of s...
by Pump me up
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: now foil kiters are saying their kites drift better
Replies: 149
Views: 7408

Re: now foil kiters are saying their kites drift better

For foil (ram air) lovers to say their kites drift better is typical ... and pure bullshit :angryfire: Ram airs are inferior compared to inflatables, including in drift ability and resistance to sinking. Here's a summary of experience with inferior ram air drifting, and the reasons for this inferior...

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