lightwind wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:51 am
- bad highend since is strutless
- good build quality
- slow turning in bigger sizes
- tricky relaunching
What I would like to know:
- how much flutters in turns and when trimed
I have 3 Gong Strutless, 9m (v1), 12m & 17m (v2). Taking your points in order:
- Bad high-end: True but only if you are on the wrong size. I had one such session, 12m in 20+ mph. I hated the fluttering, but at the same time it was perfectly fine/safe to keep going. It was user error: I should have brought a smaller kite.
- Good build quality: Definitely
- Slow turning: the 17m seems fast to me, for its size
- Tricky relaunching: It really depends. I've experienced this in light winds but the issue may have been my skills. In stronger winds, no problem. Back line relaunch is fantastic, works great because the kite is very light, and saved me once from what could have been a long swim (and even loss of kite).
- If it flutters, you are on the wrong size. When you are on the correct size, you don't need to trim and it does not flutter more than other kites. In other words, plan for 2+ sizes and "trim" that way.
My take is, the Gong Strutless are great, and also considering the price (and their built-in advantages and disadvantages - as designed), you cannot go wrong with them.