Toby wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 25, 2024 2:24 pm
jyka wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 25, 2024 8:46 am
Self launch is the #1 LEI kite destroyer. Second is leaving kite on the beach to take damage from the sun and wind. Would be also good for others kiters to pack kites from launch area when you don't use them.
Answer to the question: in wise usage, kites can take 10 years and hundreds of sessions. Bad usage can destroy it in one summer.
I assume you mean the drift self launch
I dont think so, a drift self launch is gentle to the kite.
I think jyka means the classic slide launch I believe many uses, can be really hard on a kite, if the ground is rough or shells or similiar.
Even the classic tethered launch is really gentle on the kites if a sand beach, otherwise it can be a bit tough on the tips.
I think the OP question is impossible to answer - because as many has said, so many parameters influence.
I never leave kites flapping in the wind, so dont know about that one.
But I have rarely had a kite which has worn out, not even after 10 years of hard use.
Never crash them hard in the water nor the ground though - it can make a huge difference too of course.
And as said, if you are careful with your kites, no reason why they wont last till you find them too old compared to the new ones, maybe 6-10 years later.
(have to add I have more than 300 sessions per year, but not on the same kite of course)
Heat and valves delaminating can be a problem in some areas yes, so it can be a showstopper - or at least needing a "workover" with replacements.
You can be unlucky and your kite "explodes" on the very first session, if you hit a small shell or similar (tried that)
But otherwise they will last close to forever in my experience.
Not that relevant though, as most often you will change it for other reasons.
In really warm areas and high UV it might be different though
A few kites might "bag out" after years of heavy use, but quite rare in my experience.
Also, I use them for waveboards and foilboards mostly, where the load is really low compared to freestyle - so this can also influence whether they bag out or not eventually.
But almost nobody can surf with their kites for many years, without having some "accidents" destroying something sooner or later.
So rare you see superold kites, but it happens and I know from this forum some has really old kites working just dandy