Now, here is some good fodder for theoretical discussion: Why would 2 radically different designs of kites, both handle gusts better than the more widely used kites. The 7 strut bow kite that I suggested has about the most firmly supported canopy shape of all the kites, and the Ram Air kite that zerogee suggested has totally a unbattened and "soft" canopy....and yet I do believe that the Twinskin does handle gusts very well, just as zerogee states.zerogee_ca wrote:Is it possible that you were flying a kite size that was too close to it's top end (outside of it's "sweet spot") at the time? A lot of kite types can be uncomfortable when riding outside of their sweet spot.
Nothing eats gusts better than a Peter Lynn Twinskin (a 4 line "C-kite"). Nice range with a huge sweet spot. These kites are sooo smoooth that they can lull you into thinking they have no performance.
I’ve read that c-kites seems to handle the high end very well, while some say bows with huge depower are the best. As mentioned by "tomatkins": maybe its because the c-kite can deform if hit by a gust, while a bow is a rigid foil that can be eased with a lot with the bar throw. However, it still seems than only one design should absorb gusts the best. Certainly a kite which requires no input to a sudden increase in velocity would be need to be considered.
grantman54 wrote:Again Twah. It is clear that u hate every rider but yourself. I don't even know why you joined this forum if all you are going to do is post negative worthless posts. Saying that all you need is good board control is like saying we should all drive cars without seat belts and just learn to drive better. If the technology helps why not take advantage of it!
Nico, from my experience, which is less than yours, I found that slow kites that sit farther back eat gusts the best. Cuz they don't race forward and then stall out. But of course then on a normal day your kite won't get you upwind as well and well it is just slow and no fun.
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