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16m Eleveight FS

Postby runner1 » Wed Sep 01, 2021 2:43 pm

Has anyone tried this kite for unhooked freestyle?

Keen to hear opinions

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Re: 16m Eleveight FS

Postby Werito » Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:20 pm

YESSSS! And I love it! Gets going pretty early, especially with 3m line extensions and works really well for freestyle, and for hooked-in stuff if wind picks up. The kite has crazy high end (like smaller sizes of FS). Only thing I kinda don't like is that you have to pump it up more than suggested pressure... otherwice the thin leading edge can fold when crashing and relaunching. Overall I still love the kite and hope that it stay strong since they don't produce it anymore :cry: I would buy it again!
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Re: 16m Eleveight FS

Postby RidingRobi » Thu Sep 09, 2021 1:07 pm

Werito wrote:
Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:20 pm
YESSSS! And I love it! Gets going pretty early, especially with 3m line extensions and works really well for freestyle, and for hooked-in stuff if wind picks up. The kite has crazy high end (like smaller sizes of FS). Only thing I kinda don't like is that you have to pump it up more than suggested pressure... otherwice the thin leading edge can fold when crashing and relaunching. Overall I still love the kite and hope that it stay strong since they don't produce it anymore :cry: I would buy it again!
Hey Mate,
Thanks for the feedback - pretty interesting for me as well.
How would you rate its lowend and upwind compared to a 17m RS, Turbine, Zephyr or similar?
Would you say it has similar overlap to a 14m FS or would you choose a 17m delta instead?

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Re: 16m Eleveight FS

Postby Werito » Thu Sep 09, 2021 3:44 pm

Haven't tried any of those 17m, but they might have a slight edge...not a big one though and it's also a lot about riding skills, since I have been kiting when some other people struggled with their 17m Turbines and the other way around...
I personally have had 15,5m LF Solo in the past and I think 16 FS has similar low end, maybe a tad better since it's flying forward better while Solo was kinda pulling you downwind. Both starting from 11ish knots for my 75kg naked + freestyle board.

With 14m I might take 17m delta, since there might be too much overlap. With my 12 it's kinda perfect match, and I think you could get along with 10m bcause the good high end of the kite. I've actually swapped directly to the 9m few times when the wind has picked up.


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