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Re: Kite type for gusty weather

Postby Steve271 » Tue Sep 07, 2021 4:04 am

+1 for XRs
I started on SB’s, but immediately switched after trying XR’s-just like the feel.
Very well suited to gusty inland lakes. The are just all round smoother and easier to launch, fly & jump at our level. Not proclaiming any real skill.
Interestingly, when we head to places with smoother wind, we often find ourselves running slightly larger kites than locals (of similar skill) with 3 struts, just because we are used to strong gusts and enjoy being powered up with the XRs.
Can’t speak to the other brands / models.

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Re: Kite type for gusty weather

Postby AndersP » Tue Sep 07, 2021 10:04 am

It's not only sbout the kite. It's sbout the settings.
Bridle settings will increase/decrease bar depower range.

I it's gusty I prefer more bar depower range to absorb the gusts and have a smother ride.
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Re: Kite type for gusty weather

Postby apollo4000 » Fri Sep 10, 2021 8:24 pm

They'd never admit it, but the deafing silence from the foil-kite pushers is insightful. I have 2 x souls but hate them in gusts, but seem to recall claims about good in gusts - maybe wrong.

Clearly not otherwise they'd be hear plugging away.

My favourite kite in the gusts is either a 5 line 2016 rebel as the loaded front line is amazing or neo or evo. I have a enduro 9m but not tried it out yet so can't comment. Looks like the LEI have it.

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Re: Kite type for gusty weather

Postby jumptheshark » Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:27 am

I think the peak crowd just figure this thread is a non foiling question.

If you mean to include foiling………..


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Re: Kite type for gusty weather

Postby edt » Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:37 am

yeah heard nothing but great things about the peak in gusts. better than a tube kite? I'll find out.

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Re: Kite type for gusty weather

Postby Madraoulas » Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:35 pm

Soli wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 12:46 pm
Madraoulas wrote:
Tue Jul 27, 2021 11:44 am
Hallo guys, I would like to change my kite (RRD Passion 10.5m 2019, 3 strut kite) and want to buy (same wind range 12-26knts)a new kite for very gusty conditions (10-20knts...or 15-30knts).
Can you please tell me what characteristics I must search for?..I would like an RRD kite but every proposal is welcome

P.S...just riding, no jumps yet ..53years old, 1 year kiter..25 years windsurfer
Hi there, may I ask where you got your RRD from? I'm looking for a 10.5 un the US and don't seem to find it. Either new or used.
Thanks :)
Sorry for answering now...I am from Greece and buy kites from Greece or Europe

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Re: Kite type for gusty weather

Postby gibsonandpickett » Thu Sep 23, 2021 4:08 am

The XRs are good in the gusts because of having 6 pulleys

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Re: Kite type for gusty weather

Postby yyusufoglu » Thu Sep 23, 2021 10:21 am

+1 for XRs, coming from a 3 strut kite, especially seen a huge difference on stronger days with my smallest kite (7m on 30+ knot days).

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