windmaker wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:55 pm
You could also argue that the same trend happened with inflatables (up to 25 m?) Where are they now ?
According to my race mates it does not really give you better low end no.
But a hell of a lot better VMG both up and down on the course, in light winds
windmaker, not sure I understand, here it is the opposite:
With LEI kites we had these monster 20 to 25 m2 kites, for a few years, but they died when the better and more efficient bow kites came, and the C kites were also too slow and made no sense, but we had to try back then, and found out it made no sense with bigger than 15-17 m2 kites, as is now for LEI.
In foil kites the opposite has happened.
15 m2 full on race kites were the max size at first, and then the 18 m2's came an instant later only.
Now 20 and 21 m2 are used quite often in light wind racing.
Of course there had been freeride kites earlier, heavier kites non racing kites, 19 and 21 m2 indeed, but not for light wind racing, mostly for TT riding in lower winds where an easy and a tad heavier kite can work.
Havent flown one myself, and never will, but talk to my mates who race, and they choose a 15 m2 if they want to go out and have fun just fooling around in really light wind, which luckily happens for them too, not only racing.
Even though they should have taken a 20 or 21 m2 kite if it was about to race or practice racing.
Thus I believe the lowend isnt really different, but the race pace is Dave