Alex6681 wrote:Has anyone try 30m to 35m lines on the new generation delta/hybrid kites for light wind? I have a 10M 2012 Airush VarialX which I use on about 8 kts with Sector with 23M lines (I am light) Thinking of extending to 30M and so can go a couple of kts lower..Comments and experience will be helpful..Cheers
When I started, 30M was the norm and some people, such as me, used 40M lines. I have no firsthand knowledge regarding how they would work with modern kites but I assume all the following traits would still apply:
1. You can get noticeably more power due to the much longer power stroke. Depending on your particular setup and conditions, you might be able to stay upwind in SEVERAL miles per hour less wind.
However there are some downsides which might have varying importance depending on your situation:
2. They are potentially more dangerous because power is a twoedged sword and if your kite gets uncontrolled it can develop MUCH more power.
3. You need a larger area to land and launch.
4. You'll likely have something of a learning curve regarding judging where your kite is going to land etc. Even once this is easy for you, you'll need to bear in mind that it is very easy for OTHER kiters to misjudge where your kite may fly.
5. It is probably somewhat easier for your kite to develop slack lines and fall.
6. Turning speed is noticeably reduced.
7. If your lines end up spaghettied, you'll have a bigger meal.
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