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Re: How hard?

Postby knotwindy » Mon May 14, 2018 9:35 pm

I think that says more about the gauge accuracy than the actual pressure. It is damn near impossible to hand pump above 10psi unless you are 230lbs and are willing to really work at it. Is it possible yes, is it likely no. Luckily it is also quite unnecessary. 8-9 is perfect for most kites.

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Re: How hard?

Postby nothing2seehere » Tue May 15, 2018 10:13 am

Hugh2 wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 9:11 pm
I checked the gauge on my yellow Naish pump, one of the newer taller variety, yesterday when pumping my 9m Naish Pivot, and the top of the red zone is indicated as 12 PSI, and that's where I pump it to, and it is as hard as I can get it. Passes both the ping and wingtip fold tests with flying colors.
Are you not concerned about the stitching? Ozone was getting some negative publicity on the forums a while back when some kites were being pumped to normal (for kiting but higher than the recommended 6psi) pressures and over a short period of time the stitching between the panels of the Leading edge was pulling apart. That would probably be my primary concern if I was to pump to a very high pressure. I think it happens because of the twisting that takes place on the leading edge when you steer the kite (could well be wrong).

That said, if you live in a cold climate and are dropping the kite in the sea regularly (e.g. because of practicing new tricks) its probably about spot on.

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Re: How hard?

Postby Hugh2 » Tue May 15, 2018 10:02 pm

No concerns about stitching, and this is a 2015 v1 Pivot that I ride a lot. The only kite I ever had blow up on me was my first kite, a well used and abused North Rhino 12m. Pumped it up at Langebaan back in 2005, put it down on the sand, turned around, and a Big Bang left the leading edge fully opened up. Nothing that Paul at Second Wind Sails could not fix though.

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