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Re: Strutless Gong Kite Reviews?

Postby nayy » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:46 am

lightwind wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:13 pm


Hi Nayy,

Thanks for the review. Nice to hear that kite is stable in lulls. I'm on the almost same number of sessions as you are, was on the winter break and will start foiling in one month again. Can you comment on the fluttering in the transitions? I have similar wind conditions in my home spot, just without swell. What is your weight? I'm 75 kg and considering buying 10 m kite and line extensions up to 30 m. If you go for more sessions please post experience.

Cheers
The kite has some flutter when you depower it, I think it is just something to live with, with strutless kites... you just hear it, cannot feel it in the bar... If I have to choose between fluttering or a stalling kite I know what to choose :-)
(btw: my ozone 9 in 30 knots gusts had also a lot of fluttering when I depowered yesterday :-))

I'm 83 kg now without gear, with my 6 mm winter wetsuit, cap, boots, gloves, harness and some water you can probably add 5 kg :-).

Your foil also makes a big difference... is it a light-wind foil, beginner foil, or more advanced and smaller foil ?

nayy

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Re: Strutless Gong Kite Reviews?

Postby lightwind » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:52 am

nayy wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:46 am
lightwind wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:13 pm


Hi Nayy,

Thanks for the review. Nice to hear that kite is stable in lulls. I'm on the almost same number of sessions as you are, was on the winter break and will start foiling in one month again. Can you comment on the fluttering in the transitions? I have similar wind conditions in my home spot, just without swell. What is your weight? I'm 75 kg and considering buying 10 m kite and line extensions up to 30 m. If you go for more sessions please post experience.

Cheers
The kite has some flutter when you depower it, I think it is just something to live with, with strutless kites... you just hear it, cannot feel it in the bar... If I have to choose between fluttering or a stalling kite I know what to choose :-)
(btw: my ozone 9 in 30 knots gusts had also a lot of fluttering when I depowered yesterday :-))

I'm 83 kg now without gear, with my 6 mm winter wetsuit, cap, boots, gloves, harness and some water you can probably add 5 kg :-).

Your foil also makes a big difference... is it a light-wind foil, beginner foil, or more advanced and smaller foil ?

nayy
I have freeride foil, something like moses fluente. Not for super light wind as I understand. I will try this summer with this setup and maybe for next season will buy surf wing for extra lift in light wind. Yesterday I ordered size 10, V3 gong strutless and 10 m line extensions. I’ve been said that 12 is geting overpowered too soon. Wind is strange in my town, it’s a bay and it’s gusty, 7-15 knots. We will see, can’t wait to try beginning of June. Will post impressions.

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Re: Strutless Gong Kite Reviews?

Postby tomhorton » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:21 pm

I have the 6m, 9m, and 12m V2 Gong Strutless Kites (previously had Cloud-older model). For my riding (strapless surfboard and foil) and abilities (intermediate), I know of no better all around kite than the Gong Strutless. In the waves, I want the kite to drift, which means it needs to luff well and the "flapping" helps with that. The kite is very stable at the zenith due to the "flapping". And being light weight helps immensely to keep the kite from falling into the surf when I go too directly towards the kite. Also, where I kite the wind can drop like a rock and the light weight, along with lots of sineing and continuously looping, helps to keep the kite in the air. Relative to foiling, other than some foil kites, e.g. the Flysurfer Soul, the Gong Strutless is my preferred kite. When I am overpowered/going too fast, I can put the kite at the zenith and it will stay there without a lot of input from me. As these kites are sold online, they are reasonably priced. I live in the San Francisco Bay area and if anyone would like to try a Gong Strutless v2, let me know. Cheers, Tom
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Re: Strutless Gong Kite Reviews?

Postby alexglebov » Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:46 am

This is very helpful reviews! I just ordered my first V3, 8m Gong kite. So far the experience is very positive with easy ordering online. I am also in San Francisco Bay Area and looking forward to try it on foil at 3rd ave. I will post more updates when I get the kite.


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