Very cool, mahalo for your input. I was beginning to think I was the only one who felt the potential for the stock LF package was just beginning to be figured out. With that said I was fortunate enough to get to test the New LF Happy Foil this winter here in Maui. The improvements are there but with that said every wing has it's own feel. I need more time on the LF Med Aspect wing to determine the fun factor.alsbirk wrote:I agree with Hawaii´s
There is a lot of fun and performance to gain with just a new front wing once you outgrow the big LF stock one. Our own design is high AR but fairly big at around 700cm^2
I also gain around 25-30% speed with my own higher AR wing than on the stock LF one. I have done a lot of GPS measures.
the stock LF one has a very specific speed limit at 33-35 km/h - faster than that is very hard to control.
Our own upgrade wing design instantly moves the speed limit to 43-45 km/g and the cruising speed with the same kite power moves 5-10 km/h and I can go 37-39 km/h with easy and lots of control. Upwind speed increase from approx 25 to 31 km/h etc.
So yes, the LF mast is a bit draggy, but mostly the wings affect the performance actually.
I have been riding this wing for almost year now and the LF foil is with this wing not really something that I feel I will outgrow, except for specific racing purposes. Manouvers and handling is very good and fun
I have no doubt this is true and can completely relate them to surfboards. The most fun ones are not always the most efficient or fastest.kitehawaii wrote:every wing has it's own feel.
Right on, another like minded soul. Down to the nitty gritty though. Each mold cost approx $900 to CNC out of hard wood.Starsky wrote:Why would foils be any different. They are pretty damn inherently efficient and I fully expect the next few years to be pretty exciting as we see the fun side get a bit more R&D.kitehawaii wrote:every wing has it's own feel.