I don’t think I would fly the 7m in 20 knots but certainly 10 knots would be possible. Personally I’d rather fly the 5m or even a 4m if they made one at that wind speed.Onda wrote: ↑Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:37 amYes, comparison with the Peak4 will be interesting. I guess that "UFO Kills the Peak Star "
Can´t believe that a 7 m UFO works fine in 10-20 kts of wind! Can anyone confirm this, really?!
There is a very detailled test report on German Gleiten.TV (German only: https://gleiten.tv/index.php/video/acti ... /page/480/ ). They speak about many details of the UFO (they tested 5, 7 and 9 m²). Lift seems to be very good. Wind range is mentioned to be comparable to a 1 m² larger 3-strut kite. Doesn´t sound like 10-20 kts with the 7 m²...
They also state that the UFO generates very little pull after the first sine to get up on the board / foil. It has to be flown fast to generate constant and sufficient pull. Partly due to this characteristic they recommend the UFO for "good and very good foilers" who "never drop their kites".
There seems to be only one shop in Germany which sells the UFO yet. €1,300 for a 7 m² looks more than weird
One thing the ufo does is depower completely and so it might have more range than you think. I feel like the limit on my three strut kites is because I lose steering before I lose power and that limits my upper range. The ufo can float with no power and can turn with almost no power. So a skilled kiter might get more range out of the ufo.
I flew the 5m yesterday and I thought it had plenty of pull for a small kite without moving. I thought it was extremely easy to get up on foil and really easy to fly. Unless you flew the kite into the water, it would be hard to drop the kite.
It doesn’t have a huge spike on the downstroke but it pulls well on the upstroke.
I don’t know about relaunch but from self launching, I expect it will be relatively easy, it has a good rounded shape and is extremely light.