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Re: Pump my Kite, right!

Postby Kamikuza » Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:53 am

dazarter wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:22 pm
I pump up to 9 - 10 psi every time every kite - no problems what so ever and perfect handling. i start and land kite with what feels like 3-5 psi in them -way to low for the lite to perform proberly...

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Same here, according to the gauge but who knows. Certainly I pump my kites up a lot harder than the locals with electric pumps do -- like trying to stand an overcooked noodle on its tip :roll:

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Re: Pump my Kite, right!

Postby PugetSoundKiter » Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:30 am

Toby wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:34 pm

Pressure and Diameter
...Imagine a 6 m² kite has the same LE diameter as a 14 m², for example 8%...resulting in a 11.2 cm LE diameter, drastically smaller than the 14 m² kite... :think:
So, in your example the 6 m² LE diameter not the same as the 14 m² LE diameter.

Anyway, I learned flying a Cab 4m Switchblade kite has great control in high winds but I could bend the small LE (that was pumped very hard) when I loaded it with the big wind waves. Then I got an OR 5m Storm with a big LE and problem solved. For the most part material properties, system controls, etc... don't scale linearly, best to point design the kite.

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Re: Pump my Kite, right!

Postby SimonP » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:03 am

North always recommended 6psi and it did seem to help the turning of those old loaded 5 line kites. I personally prefer around 8psi. Last weekend I went out in 35+ knots on a 6m and the kite was jellyfishing; I should have gone higher.

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Re: Pump my Kite, right!

Postby pj sofine » Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:08 pm

I'm sure someone will eventually invent an integrated kite gauge, maybe a blow off valve when max psi is reached.

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