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by kitexpert
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Videos
Topic: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?
Replies: 41
Views: 7706

Re: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?

I was just talking about absolute low end riding vs "old FS speeds" in the wind conditions when kite hardly flies in the air. Not perfomance in the meaning of speed/upwind which is not the topic of this thread. About fun in very light wind : i personally like it, but if the material is adapted (agi...
by kitexpert
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Videos
Topic: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?
Replies: 41
Views: 7706

Re: What is the lowest wind you can kite in?

Not as efficient as Pulsion but good toys. :roll: I am 99% sure every Speed kite generation easily beats Pulsion if efficiency is defined as it usually is: low end, upwind performance, boosting. Indeed very hard to understand how kite with much higher AR, more cells and less bridle drag could be le...
by kitexpert
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Fixed bridle foils vs depower foils
Replies: 10
Views: 793

Re: Fixed bridle foils vs depower foils

I don't have experience of all Blade kites but I had/tested it and other fixed bridle kites. I just lost my interest for that kind of primitive kites when depowerable kites came. I had Blade airfoil file (probably Blade3) so I know exactly the shape of it. It was unstable high camber airfoil, quite ...
by kitexpert
Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Fixed bridle foils vs depower foils
Replies: 10
Views: 793

Re: Fixed bridle foils vs depower foils

Stability. Depowerable kite has to be able to fly in much lower AoA's for depower. This needs quite different airfoil shape (=canopy shape in general) than what is used in a power kite like Blade. In the old days we tried to add mixers to fixed bridle kites. It didn't take long to understand it is n...
by kitexpert
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: DIY Foil Kites
Replies: 302
Views: 59344

Re: DIY Foil Kites

If wave foil kites were easy to design then why are they so poorly designed? I mean I think you would have to be able to wave kite first or at least surf before you could understand what you needed. Not being able to surf and think you understand how to design a wave kite is kind of like I don't kn...
by kitexpert
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: DIY Foil Kites
Replies: 302
Views: 59344

Re: DIY Foil Kites

Yes, it is huge challenge to make diy foil kite which is comparable to commercial kites. I sometimes estimated I had used 2000 hours for that "hobby" and probably even that is an underestimate. I don't even remember all my kites: failures, too ambitious designs, bad materials etc. etc. It is kind of...
by kitexpert
Fri May 29, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: DIY Foil Kites
Replies: 302
Views: 59344

Re: DIY Foil Kites

IMO those airfoils are too far from what is usually used in foil kites. Too thin, too much camber. Also shapes are a bit rough, perhaps (obviously) not enough way points. Of course it is very difficult to say how kite would behave with this kind of airfoils but I wouldn't want to try it. 49 cells is...
by kitexpert
Mon May 18, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: LE stitching stretches / is widening. Need to worry?
Replies: 20
Views: 1272

Re: LE stitching stretches / is widening. Need to worry?

Good advice from PullStrings. Some strengthening should be done otherwise there is a risk LE bursts and bladder also, resulting quite large repair work. So yes, there is need to worry, even though that is only few stitches. Unfortunately Ozone kites have suffered from these issues, they have used da...
by kitexpert
Sun May 17, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: New model kite vs. old model (3-5 years)
Replies: 10
Views: 1049

Re: New model kite vs. old model (3-5 years)

RRD kites (not sure which models) are the only ones that after testing I left me thinking - what the f*** is this crap. I really wish i knew the models i tried. Not only one - but 3 or 4 different models of my friends. One was front stalling and falling on me all the time, the second one had 100kg ...
by kitexpert
Sun May 17, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Pansh Aeolus V2
Replies: 13
Views: 1773

Re: Pansh Aeolus V2

Foilholio, It doesn’t matter how much thinner the bridles are, more will always create more drag. Yes, many thin lines is worse than few thicker lines. Also his earlier calculations of bridle line lengths were rubbish. It shouldn't be too difficult to understand if there is 2x as many primary bridl...

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