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Re: Gust Tolerant Kite

Postby PugetSoundKiter » Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:09 am

zig zag wrote:gotta try the Ocean Rodeo Storm 5m and Prodigy 7m or 5m for gusty, super up and down conditions...
:thumb: OR Storm, designed for big gusts and crazy high winds

viewtopic.php?t=2389089&start=20

http://www.nwkite.com/forums/t-38372.html

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Re: Gust Tolerant Kite

Postby foilonfoil » Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:43 am

PugetSoundKiter wrote:
zig zag wrote:gotta try the Ocean Rodeo Storm 5m and Prodigy 7m or 5m for gusty, super up and down conditions...
:thumb: OR Storm, designed for big gusts and crazy high winds

viewtopic.php?t=2389089&start=20

http://www.nwkite.com/forums/t-38372.html
It's just not a big enough kite for all conditions. I don't think it's actually available anymore.
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Re: Gust Tolerant Kite

Postby atomic-chomik » Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:58 am

Rebel for gusty winds. No question in my mind.

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Re: Gust Tolerant Kite

Postby rleshem » Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:22 am

I ride in fairly gusty high winds. Really enjoy the cabrinha switchblade. Solid airframe and very smooth - does not yank you or jerk you around.

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Re: Gust Tolerant Kite

Postby plummet » Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:46 am

yeah 7m is way to much for 35-45 unless you are a man of many pies. 5-6m for those winds.
I have fun on my 2012 6m reo 35-45 knots. quite often others give up and i'm still grinning.
That said its not a dedicated storm kite. I would like to try the OR storm kites one day. got no OR dealers next to me so its unlikely. Also still got a couple of years more to go on the 2012 reo.

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Re: Gust Tolerant Kite

Postby PugetSoundKiter » Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:58 pm

foilonfoil wrote:its just not a bug enough kite for all conditions
Yea it's not big and it's not for all conditions, but above 30knts for me conditions are mostly gusty winds and irregular waves, plus the swell from fetch can add up too viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2392620 and my little 5m Storm kite works.

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Re: Gust Tolerant Kite

Postby iriejohn » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:05 pm

OzBungy wrote:What I want is people with solid experience in riding in gusty conditions to share their thoughts on their kites. I don't think it should be necessary to describe gusty conditions more than I have in the first post. I would have thought experienced kiters would know what extremely gusty conditions are like.

Suffice it to say, some kites move back and forth very elegantly in extreme conditions. Others buck and surge and wobble around but still handle it. I would prefer to have the former.

I suspect I know the attributes of a good gust handling kite. I would like some confirmation from users in terms of models and brands and sizes so I don't have to randomly test kites and wait for those horrible conditions that only happen 3-4 times a year. It's far easier to weed through a bunch of posts than to organise demos of numerous kites.
At a guess it would be relatively low aspect ratio kites with a large trim range. But hey, what do I know, I'm a muppet who uses so-called "all-round kites" (2016/7 Slingshot Rally's). ;-)

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Re: Gust Tolerant Kite

Postby corbett » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:11 pm

In my experience, low aspect kites may be stable, but they just head for the ground at the edge of the wind window in gusty wind and power is very on and off like a fish on a hook.. Impossible to get upwind in a very gusty wind whereas a higher aspect such as my XR3 zooms upwind with ease and still provides good jumps.

High aspect for me every time.

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Re: Gust Tolerant Kite

Postby iriejohn » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:20 pm

corbett wrote:In my experience, low aspect kites may be stable, but they just head for the ground at the edge of the wind window in gusty wind and power is very on and off like a fish on a hook.. Impossible to get upwind in a very gusty wind whereas a higher aspect such as my XR3 zooms upwind with ease and still provides good jumps.

High aspect for me every time.

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But a high aspect kite in the lulls? Even the Germans can't change the laws of aerodynamics.

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Re: Gust Tolerant Kite

Postby corbett » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:23 pm

Irie I don't follow sorry:).


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