Given that you are a beginner, I would fine tune Peter's recommendation to 8 and 12. of course the 7 would be safer, but by the same logics a 6 would be even more 'safer' [just teasing Peter )Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:15 amGet a 7 now, to go with your 12 - and then later you will definitely buy a 9 also, the "best" size for everything, and you will find out you need it if you got different winds.
Dont got with an 8 m2, as then you are locked and can not get a 10 as pretty close to the 8 and 10, and you will still miss a kite for high wind days.
If you know 100 % you are never gonna get three kites, okay, the 8 is the size
12-9-7 is the classic quiver that suits almost everybody, and whether you get the 9 or 7 first is your choice - but as you only want one, and are going to travel - you could go with 7-12 now, just be careful that you dont go out too overpowered (risky) with the 12, because the 7 is too small...
The windranges shown is just what each brand want to show - they can be really different and NOT comparable at all, but will give you an idea where the sweetspots are for the average rider and gear.
You will be much wiser yourself when you got another kite.
DariKite wrote: ↑Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:12 amWOW. That was some insightful information! Thank you. I think it’s pretty clear that a 5m gap wouldn’t be advisable in most cases and even less for me being a beginner. I had a feeling that those wind range charts could be unrealistic and that’s why I reached out to you guys.
I was still wondering if I could stretch the 2 kite quiver to 12m and 8m but that would probably still leave a gap in a certain wind range. I don’t want to risk being unhappy or uncomfortable at that wind range since it will be the range I will ride the most in.
It’s also reasonable advice that my next kite size be a medium rather than a small. But the reason I had considered the 7m is that I heard that in Jericoacoara and the areas close to there the wind range is between 20kn – 30kn. The 7m seems to cover that wind range much better than the 9m.
I didn’t get into kiteboarding to stretch it and suffer so I think I’ll just go with the safest bet. I will buy a 9m which would be suitable for my skill level for now. If it blows over 25kn I probably won’t like to be out there in the water for now anyway.
I’ll have plenty of time to decide what my third kite size will be ☺
DariKite wrote: ↑Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:20 amI’m a beginner and I’m looking for advice on building my kite quiver. I already have a 12m kite. I will travel to Brazil this year and I need to buy a smaller kite to be able to ride in more windy conditions.
While doing research I see that most people rarely have a gap wider than 3 meters (maybe 4m at the most) between each kite. However, I see that some kite models supposedly have a huge wind range.
I was looking at the official Cabrinha Switchblade wind range chart based on a 75kg rider.
2017 Switchblade 75kg Wind Range Oficial.jpg
If I read this chart correctly, for a 75kg rider, a 12m and a 7m Switchblade might be able to cover a range of maybe 9kn to 32kn with only two kites?
The 12m starts with gray color at 9kn and ends at almost 20kn. The 7m starts with gray color at maybe 18kn and ends at maybe 32kn.
There is a 5m gap between them. Does the gray color mean that the rider may feel underpowered/overpowered or uncomfortable at that wind speed? If I wanted to build a quiver for wind speeds between 9kn to 32kn would I be able to accomplish that with 2 kites?
I understand there are endless variables like what board you use, what style of kiteboarding you will be riding, your actual weight and body type, skill level (I don’t plan to be a beginner for ever and will ride above 25kn at some point), etc. But I’d like to know , in general terms, if with current technology it would be reasonable to expect to cover the above wind range with two kites or if one would feel uncomfortable at some point in the above wind range.
If I needed to buy a 3rd kite, should the quiver be 12m, 9m, and 7m? Or maybe if I’m on a budget just get an 8m for now and cover the 9kn to maybe 28kn range without uncomfortable gaps?
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