smrsco wrote:My quiver consists of:
kites: '09 8m LF Havoc, '09 12m LF Session
boards: LF WLF 140, LF Mission 138
weight: 155lbs (70kg)
I'd like to add a lightwind kite to improve my lowend and get me out on the Mission (such a nice ride) more. I'm looking at the following kites, which would you recommend?
a.) '08 Havoc 14m
b.) '08 Havoc 16m (maybe too big for a guy my size?)
c.) '08 session 16m
Have you tried adjusting the back lines for more power in light winds?
I do that with my LF mig kite (07 c-kite) and I was very surprised at the additional power.
I got knots on the leader lines and the pigtails on the kite where I can lengthen (for less power) or shorten (for more power) the back lines (steering) relative to the front lines (power)
On the session you'll probably find similar knots you can use to lengthen or shorten the steering lines relative to the power lines (front).
A friend of mine did that on his 13m SLE and he said it made a big difference.
If that's not enough try a light wind board. That may be a cheaper option to buying a new kite. Also having a light wind board makes it easy in a way if the winds pick up you can just switch boards without having to change kites, you'll be flying your 12m a lot more.
In the light winds the 12m won't get you in the air as well (if at all) as a 14m tho, that would be the drawback of using the 12.