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North quiver advice

Postby Mirco29 » Mon Feb 05, 2024 11:32 pm

Hi all, 70kg, intermediate-advanced, 136TT, wind is around 18-25knots most of the time, 25+ knots 10% of the time and 13-18knots another 10% of the time which becomes predominant in the shoulder seasons.
I already have a 12m Reach which will cover those light wind days and I usually avoid going out when it's 29/30+ although I might get there eventually as I get more confident.

Treating myself to either a 3 kite quiver (7/9/12 or 8/10/12) or a 2 kite quiver (9/12) as a less expensive alternative that can always grow to 3.

I do mostly freeriding and jumps; I know the Orbit's low end is not the greatest but handles overpowered conditions/gusts very well, meaning an 8m could potentially be enough for strong wind days.

Having said that, I could go for the most common 2 kite quiver 9/12 and get a 9m Orbit, meaning I'd have the 12m Reach for 14-18knots, 9m Orbit for all the rest.
I'm worried about the 18-22knots window in this case, I feel like the 12m would be way too big and maybe not enough for a 9m Orbit?

As a 3 kite quiver alternative, I really can't make up my mind about size and model combos.
In addition to my 12m Reach, I could do: 7m Orbit+9m Orbit or Reach - 8m Orbit+9 or 10m Reach - 9m Orbit+10m Reach.

Open to any advice you might have, this is a huge step for me and I really don't wanna end up wasting thousands on the wrong kites.

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Re: North quiver advice

Postby knotwindy » Tue Feb 06, 2024 3:12 am

Depends, do you want to cover the biggest range or be on the right kite more often? Since you ride in 18-25 most of the time you can cover that with 1 kite easily. Probably a 9m all-around kite would be best unless you want to focus on jumping/looping. Then the 10 Orbit. Just one persons opinion, there will be others.

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Re: North quiver advice

Postby Wolkster » Tue Feb 06, 2024 4:13 am

I vote for buy a 9m, build from there.

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Re: North quiver advice

Postby mati » Tue Feb 06, 2024 8:05 am

I would go with a 9m Orbit if you are happy with the 12m Reach for those light wind days.
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Re: North quiver advice

Postby Mirco29 » Tue Feb 06, 2024 8:46 am

Wolkster wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2024 4:13 am
I vote for buy a 9m, build from there.
Thanks, makes a lot of sense

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Re: North quiver advice

Postby SolarSet » Tue Feb 06, 2024 9:34 am

Go for 9m whatever kite you chose, if you had 11m Reach then you could debate going for 8m.

It would be great if you flown orbit first as this is complete different kite to your Reach

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Re: North quiver advice

Postby Wolf of Ainsdale » Tue Feb 06, 2024 9:37 am

I have 7 9 12 reach. Just a great quiver. No stalling (like orbit) great boosting great free ride light bar pressure as you know etc.

I would get 9 7 reach. Defo get 7. You will end up buying it anyway so what are you waiting for. It ll be the best condition kite out of the 3 as you will use it the least and often you will look at it in your cupboard and think why did I buy it. Then you will use it and they will be the best days ever!!

Plus you can use them for foiling which you are bound to take up eventually.

Go for it!

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Re: North quiver advice

Postby Mirco29 » Tue Feb 06, 2024 9:54 am

knotwindy wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2024 3:12 am
Depends, do you want to cover the biggest range or be on the right kite more often? Since you ride in 18-25 most of the time you can cover that with 1 kite easily. Probably a 9m all-around kite would be best unless you want to focus on jumping/looping. Then the 10 Orbit. Just one persons opinion, there will be others.
Probably be on the right kite more often since the usual wind window is fairly limited

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Re: North quiver advice

Postby Mirco29 » Tue Feb 06, 2024 10:00 am

SolarSet wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2024 9:34 am
Go for 9m whatever kite you chose, if you had 11m Reach then you could debate going for 8m.

It would be great if you flown orbit first as this is complete different kite to your Reach
I considered that too, I'll do one full season on my 12m then consider downsizing to an 11m if it makes more sense.
I used to have an 8m as my only kite (Airush Lithium) but was underpowered most of the time below 23-24knots

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Re: North quiver advice

Postby Mirco29 » Tue Feb 06, 2024 10:05 am

Wolf of Ainsdale wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2024 9:37 am
I have 7 9 12 reach. Just a great quiver. No stalling (like orbit) great boosting great free ride light bar pressure as you know etc.

I would get 9 7 reach. Defo get 7. You will end up buying it anyway so what are you waiting for. It ll be the best condition kite out of the 3 as you will use it the least and often you will look at it in your cupboard and think why did I buy it. Then you will use it and they will be the best days ever!!

Plus you can use them for foiling which you are bound to take up eventually.

Go for it!
I'm sure it will be a lot of fun, just need to keep practicing until I feel confident and safe going out in strong winds which are the best days


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