ulx wrote:I am thinking about an addition to my kite quiver, too. I use my Slingshot Wave SST for my surfboard and my foilboard at 80 kg. The 10m is great for 10 knots and a bit below that, with 31m lines. I think around 8 knots or so (maybe 9 knots?) it just doesn´t want to stay in the air. As long as it does, I can ride. The good thing is that it doesn´t fall to any side, it just slowly drifts down. I can´t get myself spending another ton of money on a foil-kite although I am tempted because I have seen a foil-buddy of mine using a 10m foilkite (some flysurfer thing) in these marginal conditions and he definitely had a few more (less) knots to work with. The thing just doensn´t go down as long as it isn´t rider error. I was thinking about trying a 12m Rally or maybe even the 12m Wave SST. Can anyone say anything about these kites in sub 10 knots by any chance? The struttless kites are tempting, too. And the Storm Voyager isn´t that expensive.
I wouldnt go for these
IMO you will be able to keep your 10m2 even easier in the air than a "heavy" 12m2 kite, even if they are the same type.
You are spot on regarding wind, that your 10m2 on 31m lines goes down to around 9 knots at your weight, but lower it gets tricky.
Only a really light kite, or few or no struts, or foil kite will give you what you want I would say.
If I were you I would not waste money on a "classic" 12m2 kite
I got a "normal" 11m2 wavelike kite, and can use it in 9 knots perfectly on 32m lines (and weigh a tad less than you so comparable to a 12).
But my 9m2 is bulls eye in 10 knots and way easier for "everything", so if I did not have the 11m2 before hydrofoiling, I would never have had one - the range I like to use it is really small, as I use my 11m2 ELF foilkite when its 4-8 knots, and the 9m2 from when its 9-10 knots
So would recommend to go for something else than a normal 12m2.