No problem I love those kites, and this just keeps the stoke going when I'm not in the waterBudhaNl wrote:Tau, just the guy I was hoping would answer ! Long and thoughtful one, thanks!
That makes sense. I do think 19-27 will have you riding well powered, and it can handle high gusts. Make sure the kite is pumped up firm on the high end. The new kites absorbs the gusts better, and doesn't surge as much as the old one. In 15 knots I think you can go...I've ridden my TT in lower, but lower than that is not too much fun. The kite is super stable across a wind range.15 knots for me is the lower limit where I'll bother to go to the beach at all (busy job & 1 hour commute to the beach). Most of the time it's more than that, and I'd say my majority is between 19 and 27 knots. It's just that I also kite on lakes, and I really want to have that bottom end for the 'lulls'. If I read you correctly, a 2012 10m would be big enough to be able to play in low winds. I ride the Bandit Dos 10m until gusts reach about 29 knots with steady winds up to 25, I should be able to do that easily with the Park 10m right? It's supposed to have a great high end right?
I have not spent enough time on this years 7 to say exactly, BUT given an improvement in low end, I'd say they would work in the wind you are suggesting...both Park and Bolt. The Bolt is gruntier than the Park, and you do have to consider that I often use my surfboard with those kites.Once the wind gets up over here, it tends to get gusty indeed. You don't get a steady 32 knots, it's 32 with gusts that are at least 36-7 knots. 35, it WILL hit 40 in the gusts. Gust handling is important . Our wind is not a trade wind but a stormwind!
Now onto the smaller one. The timing of taking out the smaller one is quite dependent on how comfortable the big one is in its high end, but from low 20s on up, I'd like to be able to get it on. Perhaps even 20? Anyway, the Bandit Dos 7m is fast enough for me, a little quicker is okay. I take it out from about 22-3 on. I have thought about the Bolt for a smaller kite, indeed because it seems a stable not too quick one. Would it match with a Park 10m in that it's not too different? Or is it best to stay Park all the way and do I not need to worry about that?
I'd probably start seeing it as an alternative at about 25 mph maybe a little higher, but I am not 100% on this.
When do you take your Park 7m out, what windspeeds?
Yup lived in the Plantage area in Amsterdam for 2 years, so Bergen aan Zee was not too far off...never kited there though. Beautiful area tho. Amsterdam is one of my all time favorite cities. I could easily see living there again.I kite mostly at Wijk aan Zee or IJmuiden, Bergen is a fair bit up north so I don't get there. You're a Euro expat then ? Thanks again for your insight!
I may be able to get on the kites this weekend, will let everyone know my thoughts!
TooMuchEpoxy wrote:GOOD GOD THOSE SURFBOARDS ARE EXPENSIVE
I mean, they're pretty and all, but now that they've hit retail they're just a bit...ummm....geee...
$1000 for the global and fish. $1100 for the gun(probably the most beautiful piece of equipment ever made) When i see 4 digits it's completely out of consideration...
I duno about it being comparable to the avisos. I mean i'm not saying it's not as good, but they are vastly different construction methods and materials. Just because they're both covered in clear coat carbon doesn't mean they're made the same. Apples and oranges....That gun, though, is comparable to the avisos board with the full carbon layup which retail for a lot more, and you get a bag and footstraps which IMO is good....and I agree it is a beauty.
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