iriejohn wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:22 am
Have you found any turn issues on the Aluula kite(s) you have been flying
How many years have you flown cuben fiber leading edge kites? Did you ride variations of the same kite with different tips and flex?
Did you go through the hype of the last super stiff material that was going to change kiteboarding?
What has changed? Obviously light weight has become the latest arms race with exploring the low end side of the sport.
Kite designers keep talking about flex in the tips for turning, I wonder how that works with a stiff material. It is an honest question.
Is it because it is aluula woven? Shape? Have kite designers been wrong?
I haven’t flown an aluula kite but I held a roam prototype in black and it was rock solid. Of course that prototype seemed to be a copy of the Dacron roam which has a huge leading edge.
I found it interesting that duotone mentioned testing even stiffer material as well as aluula.
https://www.duotonesports.com/booklet/D ... ine/80-81/
Will we see a mix of materials in the leading edge?
It took a few years for best to figure out cuben fiber then they abandoned it, cost? Are we heading down that same road? Really expensive kites?
I would love to hear a Peter Stiewe formerly best now elevate, interview on this subject.
It could be an interesting year for kites from duotone at least material wise. There are certainly hints that things will be different this year.