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by merl
Wed Apr 20, 2022 3:08 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: the Hawk from Pansh
Replies: 30
Views: 2459

Re: New kite : the Howk from Pansh

Looks like a soul indeed. The fact that we know who designed it (if your info is correct) gives a lot of confidence in this design; Funalex is a kite genius who has been a constant source of ideas and mods for foil kites for years... I'm curious about the tiny size (4m) as a freeride foiling kite fo...
by merl
Wed Apr 13, 2022 8:50 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Pinholes
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: Pinholes

Nice kit from DrTuba there. Another tip that I saw on the French forums: 3M Blenderm tape This is an older tape (perhaps even discontinued, but still available) made for medical applications (sticking dressings to skin) but works brilliantly for this kind of thing as it is flexible but also thin, an...
by merl
Thu Apr 07, 2022 6:49 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?
Replies: 976
Views: 225953

Re: Chicken Loop Bye Bye?

Don't trust them. They can hook up at the tip where they open. This happens only once the hinge starts to get loose and have a bit of play. Hard to explain without pictures. At the very least they need to be carefully maintained by filing a critical point. But honestly I would not recommend them for...
by merl
Tue Apr 05, 2022 4:07 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Triton Foils releases the first accessible monowing: Triton T1
Replies: 235
Views: 92099

Re: Triton Foils releases the first accessible monowing: Triton T1

RL-boards mast has 2xM8 holes. They have two versions - thiner and ligter for kite foils and a thicker version for wing/wind foil. The thicker mast is as stiff as it gets, stil not to heavy and affordable. It seems like a perfect choice to use with this mono wing. Have not tried it though... Good p...
by merl
Tue Apr 05, 2022 10:50 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Triton Foils releases the first accessible monowing: Triton T1
Replies: 235
Views: 92099

Re: Triton Foils releases the first accessible monowing: Triton T1

Unless Triton produces a batch of undrilled wings, you're out of luck. And that depends if the holes are from the mold, or if they're machined afterwards. This was basically my question to them - can they produce them without the current hole config. I was not suggesting drilling 3 new holes... Zee...
by merl
Tue Apr 05, 2022 9:35 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Stick for a DIY Bar
Replies: 18
Views: 3052

Re: Stick for a DIY Bar

Bike grip is fine as long as you start with a tube which is thin enough (20mm). For carbon tubes I always go for 2mm wall thickness which is harder to find - e.g. 22 outer, 18 inner (note: 4mm difference between inner and outer). The commercial carbon bars seem to be around 1.5mm wall thickness (Inf...
by merl
Tue Apr 05, 2022 9:29 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Triton Foils releases the first accessible monowing: Triton T1
Replies: 235
Views: 92099

Re: Triton Foils releases the first accessible monowing: Triton T1

So, triton guys, you have said that the part that connects to the mast is solid, so that you can "safely" drill it. Just a thought, but if that is the case why not make some versions to fit the Gong masts? I mean 3 x M6 can't be so much worse than 2 x M8. And it gives access to masts at a fraction o...
by merl
Mon Apr 04, 2022 3:58 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Bar options: btb depower with manual swivel
Replies: 5
Views: 3953

Re: Bar options: btb depower with manual swivel

I'm planning on building a btb bar based on the Infexion QR, which obviously has the swivel built in. Should make for a very clean setup with no heavy parts above the bar and still have trim option. How does this help the OP who wants a below the bar trim? EDIT: Ah - you can buy the naish BTB cleat...
by merl
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:14 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kites that are heat and humidity resistant longevity
Replies: 20
Views: 1720

Re: Kites that are heat and humidity resistant longevity

I live in the hot tropics two blocks from the beach about 6 months a year. My kites, although well taken care of, seem to pay a steep penalty for valve and hose damage. In fact, it seems my kites are always loosing air and need constant repair. By way of background my kites never sit on the beach f...
by merl
Mon Mar 14, 2022 1:50 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Sabfoil or Slingshot: which foil for us?
Replies: 21
Views: 1674

Re: Sabfoil or Slingshot: which foil for us?

The future of kite foiling is looking like a ridership consisting of beer bellied dudes in their 50s and 60s having their midlife crisis on whatever the latest version is of the 633. :) Hey, no need to get personal! :lol: Who do you think is your core market group for a EUR1200 wing anyway? (And ho...

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