Not sure that's accurate in my experience...depends on what you mean by shape. Most foils stay pretty well formed in light winds but they're not rigid shapes like LEI kites so I would not expect them to. Swings and roundabouts as stated earlier in this thread. The corollary is that foils don't Hindenburg in marginal winds like semi rigid LEIs so can be really good in those conditions. I've no experience with the NEO 3 but i expect it's reasonable as the other products are pretty good. Would it be good for a learner...? Maybe if the rider is going to be multi surface...snow / land / water. Foils are much better on land / snow than LEIs and much better at survivng inevitable crashes...and who wants to stand around blowing up a kite when it's -20C. For a dedicated water kite there's probably better out there than the NEO 3...but I wouldn't say it's less safe...just different.Hawaiis wrote:There is a reason why most schools don't use foil kites, there is one extra dimension: keeping the air pressure in the foil to hold its shape. It is much easier to learn on a LEI first.
In very gusty conditions you need to know how to avoid the foil loosing pressure, drifting back, and power up again. This can happen when you want to park the kite at the edge of the window. As you often want this at shore it can get a bit exciting when gusty. Of cause beginners shouldn't launch at such spots at all.Saferider wrote:Would you elaborate, pls ?jannik wrote: I can mention things about a foil that I find safer than an lei and vice versa but you gotta know the ups and downs
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