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by kitexpert
Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Continuous Curve Leading Edge
Replies: 33
Views: 6170

Re: Continuous Curve Leading Edge

"Thanks for your opinion but I was fishing for an answer from a designer of kiteboarding kites." -L0KI Well, I have designed kites, actually quite many (ca.20). And I have used some for years, and still occasionally use. I have designed LEIs too, but because those are so cheap and good nowadays I ha...
by kitexpert
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Continuous Curve Leading Edge
Replies: 33
Views: 6170

Re: Continuous Curve Leading Edge

"Of all the design parameters that make a great flying kiteboarding kite, what are the most important items and what are the least important items in the list?" -L0KI My answer is: AR is the most important, then used airfoil. These two characterize kite a lot. But everything is linked together and i...
by kitexpert
Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Continuous Curve Leading Edge
Replies: 33
Views: 6170

Re: Continuous Curve Leading Edge

Yes, Legacy really looks nice. I can see same continous curve in small struts too. "I wonder if curved/spiraled fabric has ever been manufactured?" -foilholio Of course tubular shapes are made without seams. In fact one example is flying lines or even better that wear-resistant outer layer, "mantel"...
by kitexpert
Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: The Pansh A15, an A18 review
Replies: 510
Views: 119498

Re: The Pansh A15, an A18 review

"I wonder if it scaled down well in the 9m range." -Hardwater Kiter If bigger sizes are good, I wouldn't doubt smaller are worse. And 9m is kinda ideal size, not big or small. "For us locally the real test will be gust management and depow. It could be the nicest kite ever in smooth winds but with o...
by kitexpert
Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Continuous Curve Leading Edge
Replies: 33
Views: 6170

Re: Continuous Curve Leading Edge

"If a prime design goal is a relatively smooth structure, the number of sections is a definitive parameter." -Mr.Hansen This is easy to agree. I must confess that I don't know what kind of pieces of fabric is used when making a constant curve LE, but I see principal problem to make two-ways curved s...
by kitexpert
Mon Jan 04, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Continuous Curve Leading Edge
Replies: 33
Views: 6170

Re: Continuous Curve Leading Edge

"As a designer I like the look of it, and its easier to sew, with less joints, less sewing, so less places for things to go wrong." - TheKiteDesigner Really? I thought it would have been just opposite. How making a constant curve LE can be easier than connecting simple tubular parts together? "I thi...
by kitexpert
Sun Jan 03, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: The Pansh A15, an A18 review
Replies: 510
Views: 119498

Re: The Pansh A15, an A18 review

I think the stability is definitely because of increased AoA, but also other factors. It's got more depower than a psycho3 and more stability than a speed4, but less depower. The depower might be B limited. It does still look a bit tight. I will have to play with the mixer a bit and see what is wha...
by kitexpert
Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: The Pansh A15, an A18 review
Replies: 510
Views: 119498

Re: The Pansh A15, an A18 review

"The depower is not on the same level as flysurfer but the stability is beyond them." -foilholio If so, is the speed system/backline lenght limiting low AoA? Sounds really good if Pansh is more stable than FS, if it is not achieved just by higher AoA. In my experience lack of stability and poor usab...
by kitexpert
Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Continuous Curve Leading Edge
Replies: 33
Views: 6170

Re: Continuous Curve Leading Edge

Albatroses do not have LE tubercles and they are closer to kites than some strange whale fins. But many birds wings have some sigma-shape like Naish kites used to have. But not anymore, so apparently not useful (enough) invention. "At the other end of the spectrum is Naish Helix. How this thing even...
by kitexpert
Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:24 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: DIY Foil Kites
Replies: 325
Views: 64511

Re: DIY Foil Kites

Nice video :thumb: New kites seems to work amazingly well. I was excepting worse, because of the low cell count. Kites' good 2D shape and quite a long miniribs have saved a lot I think. And 27cell+miniribs is not that insane at all - but still you have been pushing the envelope... Some jellyfishing ...

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