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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby Greenturtle » Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:52 pm

Figured Id post since nobody is representing the big kite love. On a surfboard, 12m is and always will be the bread-and-butter size for anywhere on the east coast usa. And most places in the Caribbean. Kite foil-surfing may yet change that, but, not really. Between shallow water and/or just being good enough to ride a foil in the surf, there will always be a lot of sb and tt riders. And those people would all appreciate a (much) lighter 12m.

I personally love even bigger kites, I mean OR doesn’t even make a big enough kite for me. Im not heavy. I just like to ride powered in shallow and/or big water on my tt or sb in light wind. I foil too. But that has not and will not change my desire to also ride a tt or sb with an enormous kite.
OR please make a 19m flite, thanks.
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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby Daversj » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:01 pm

Yes One Eye is shitty example. But i have had so many good days wave sailing on a 12 i couldn't imagine not having one. With either an offshore or onshore wind component helps. When the wind is marginal, perfect side shore direction kills your apparent wind going down the line.

At my home spot we do 10-15 mile downwinders in the ocean, with side on wind. In the summer likely on a 12 or 10m if lucky. So much fun and so many waves even if its never down the line epic conditions. The Reo is built super light however and turns like crazy generating power when you need it....and doesn't instantly fall out of the sky if you slack line it. Yes you have to loop it at times. On a high aspect and heavier kite more work than fun. Right tool for the job thing...

Thats where i hope this new material will shine. Making a 12m feel and fly like a 10m. Lighter and more responsive.

I don't think a 8m kite would benefit as much from less weight. Its usually cranking when you have the 8. And they handle great already.

So big kites will hopefully improve greatly. I still hate mowing the lawn on a big kite and would rather play golf.....maybe.
Foil guys will probably benefit as well because they ride in light winds where kite weight is critical.
Hopefully its not all hype and they sell the fabric with other brands.

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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby GregK » Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:10 pm

Daversj wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:01 pm
.... Hopefully its not all hype ( definitely not - I've seen the extensive development effort invested in the Aluula company and on OR's part on the kites ) they sell the fabric with other brands.
Hoping as well as other kite brands adopt, but also other sports and high-strength fabric applications adopt Aluula as well, to increase manufacturing capacity, purchasing of raw materials in bulk, and distribute overhead costs over greater production volumes, all thereby reducing the cost of Aluula fabric.

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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby iriejohn » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:43 pm

icurumba wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:21 pm
10m OR Roam Aluula kite loop action in Cape Town yesterday.

The light wind gain is a sure thing....but the shocker might be big air kites in this build. The Roam is a drifting surf/ foil kite... not at all meant for mega loops....however knock the weight in half and loose the stretch of Dacron it now crosses over into a boosting kite...
The Aluula Roam looks like a very nice freeride/wave crossover kite ...

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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby dejavu » Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:50 am

Great to see that the tech behind kiting is still progressing. I am using much better equipment now than I was 12 years ago with all the advances in kite design, bar design, board design and materials. As for size, for me, in my kite spots, it depends how often you want to kite and how optimal you want your session to be.

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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby Guttorm » Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:13 pm

Fun fact: the 2013 Ozone Edge 19m with 5 struts weights 3.7kg that is 0.194kg pr m2 the same as the Roam 10m. Maybe Aluula is not so magic anyway 😁

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Re: Introducing the World's Lightest and Strongest Kites - Aluula

Postby Greenturtle » Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:04 pm

Guttorm wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:13 pm
Fun fact: the 2013 Ozone Edge 19m with 5 struts weights 3.7kg that is 0.194kg pr m2 the same as the Roam 10m. Maybe Aluula is not so magic anyway 😁
Fun fact: as kite size goes up, kg per m2 goes down
Aluula Flite 14.5 2.2kg is 0.151kg per m2
(aka even less kg per m2 @19m)

Ozone edge 19m $2345
Aluula Flite 17m $2719

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Aluula Material

Postby Streebog » Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:09 pm

I don't get how to read data about Breaking Strength of Aluula material

Who can explain this data https://kiterevolution.de/pages/aluula- ... nd-reviews ?

And one more thing - Water Absorption - Is it important metric for Kite material?

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Re: Aluula Material

Postby jakemoore » Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:31 pm

Streebog wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:09 pm
Water Absorption - Is it important metric for Kite material?
Absolutely important!

For example nylon absorbs water gains weight sticks sand and loses strength

If you want a light kite flying in a humid area, hygroscopic materials are a poor choice

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Re: Aluula Material

Postby iriejohn » Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:29 pm

jakemoore wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:31 pm
Streebog wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:09 pm
Water Absorption - Is it important metric for Kite material?
Absolutely important!

For example nylon absorbs water gains weight sticks sand and loses strength

If you want a light kite flying in a humid area, hygroscopic materials are a poor choice
Are Dacron or nylon hygroscopic i.e. absorbs moisture from the air?


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