thanks for your feedback. I am sure the Helium is a nice kite, however I have no opportunity to demo it here and I won't buy a kite without testing it first.
spatty99 wrote:On the lake, I think there are usually enough occasional stronger gusts to launch easily, even if you aren't the best with technique.
This is true, you need a kite with struts that hold the kites profile for this, so you can wait in starting position and quickly pull it up when the gust hits.
In low winds I usually reverse launch my kites. Sometimes I also have success by pulling a backline and the opposite frontline.
you are right concerning the proportional power of wind ronnie, out of the given ranges I guess I am searching for the 6 to 18 or 7-21, but with the possibility to fly (but not deliver power) below 6/7 knots.
I am surprised that you do not recommend the Turbine joriws, which kites water start better?
I often saw guys reverse launching the Turbine in 5 knots (metered), this impressed me as it would give me the opportunity to body drag home when the wind dies or pull around a laser (sailing boat) / old windsurfer. The Ozone Edge is very difficult if not impossible to launch in such conditions. Ozone promotes the Zephyr as based on the Edge but optimized towards fun and water relaunch, so I thought it might be a good compromise?
The contra seems to be Cabrinha's equivalent as they also have the velocity for pure racing.
I am aware that I need to work with apparent winds in such low wind speeds. I know that a higher aspect ratio kite has better upwind ability, but at the same time they are not as stable in the air at the absolute low end,
Even the upwind ability of the low AR Cloud is good enough for me and I guess any of the mentioned kites will be easier to go upwind?