downunder wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:01 am
CNC cutting I assume is the same in every factory.
Any foil kite has heaps more panels than LEI. If we look at how LEI valves are done on the sewing machine, it literally takes 30 seconds to do ONE valve. Average LEI has 1 to 12. So it can't be that, correct? Sewing panels can't be simply coz skilled technicians are ultra fast, hence way way less sewing time than for foil. So lastly bladders. And paint.
But than we have foils with a bridles which is a mess to make and attach compared to LEI. Heaps of labour.
FS sells across the Planet just like any other brand. Except shipping from Pansh in China is free, so that can't eat the profit and the real cost is about US30. This is how much I've paid.
So with all of that I assume the FS foil kite to make would be 3-5 times more than LEI from China or even LEI from the EU.
Hence LEI's are way overpriced compared to foils. Due to a "paint" since everything else is equal.
Flysurfer foil kites have paint too! Logos and printed sizes, etc... Nothing much different (at least compared to brands who use sobriety in their graphics).
Making bladders, welding the valves, fitting the bladders into the kite, connecting all the one-pump hoses and clips, then inflating the kites, and leaving them for something like 24hrs in factory space to ensure they stay inflated, all this is time and space consuming. And it involves materials too. I can't agree that this is insignificant.
The foil has lots of work on pretty much the same task, which is sewing and assembling cells, then also one other massive task, which is attaching the bridles. Whereas the LEI has probably lots of much smaller different tasks. Involving more of a production line, different stations, different machines, etc...
Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to defend the industry and accept a generalized price gouging, I just want to explain a bit the complexity involved in making a LEI kite, essentially as reaction to an overly simplistic view of one of the posters. I'm no expert or industry insider, but I've seen a few docos and articles about kite production. Clearly not a simple task.