deniska wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:50 am
re-reading your post, I think riding 10m for 9-10kts is a little ambitious..
Yes it works as foils are pretty efficient, but on certain directions, you just don't have enough juice from the kite, imho..
In below 12kts I prefer my 17 Zephyr.. It's not particularly light, but I swear to God I can keep it flying in 5-6kts.. If I can side launch it - it's a session! Around 9-10kts I get good speed and lofty jumps...
Happy it works for you with the Zephyr in 12 knots, and it is a good lightwind TT kite, but thats it...
In 9-10 knots a 10 m2 LEI is a good size for most experienced average weight foilers, and in 12 knots it is lit really well maybe often too much now.
The light new LEI kites turns and hangs so much better than the Zephyr 17 m2 ever will, and you dont get overpowered as most everyone will pretty fast even with a 15 m2 LEI kite on a foil.
If you got a fast wing, racelike maybe, and use short or normal lines, or like jumping, it is very different of course, but for the freeride/freestyle/wave wings a 10 m2 is spot on in 9-10 knots
Junebug has experience and know this is the case thus seeking this "golden" size, as it is the kite that can be used in quite low wind, but also got maybe the biggest windrange on a foil so can be used in almost "everything" as a "one for most conditions" kite.
The 17 m2 Zephyr, eventhough a really good kite, would be useless for many of us when foiling, I think most of us in fact.
Actually, my point is not how powered you want to ride, as this is individual - my point is a 17 m2 LEI makes no sense for most foilers, compared to so many much better alternatives in either a smaller or bigger foilkite, or the light newer LEI kites many prefer for obvious reasons