marlboroughman wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:30 am
edt wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:48 pm
Modern c kites like torch or Vegas have the 5th line tensioned
I've read about it but never understood it. I have to try one of these kites. Too me when the fifth is tensioned the kite is twitchy and too powerful. When the fifth is too loose the kite goes dead.
The torch is amazing. I have a full quiver of fuels just because they are cheaper but if I were to get a new quiver of C kites I would get all torches. Back in the day I was entranced by this dumb idea that you could ride the fuel on 4 lines but over the years I finally figured out that all C kites fly way better with 5 lines. Yeah I'm not that smart it took me years to figure this out.
Now I think that it's true that if you could ride a torch the way you ride a fuel then yeah it would be better. That is about 1 inch of slack. however the torch vegas best gp all those other C kites have about half the size leading edge as the fuel does. This means if you ride it the way that you ride a fuel the entire leading edge will snap and buckle.
So that's the tradeoff. You have to ride it tensioned like it or not simply because the leading edge is so small. However the advantages vastly outway the disadvantages, the torch boosts higher has higher depower but retains all the nice characteristics that you normally expect in a C kite, tons of slack, great looping. Probably my favorite thing about the torch is just how good it is upwind. The fuel is a dog upwind because of that huge leading edge but it has to be big because you can ride it in 4 line mode.
Anyway, I'm selling all my fuels. I already switched to the enduro for unhooking and looping, pivot for boosting and the soul for foiling.
I might keep my 7 fuel for big wind days that kite is a blast.