tomtom wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:54 pm
Also i think is rider dependent. I think /no offense/ TomW will hate Peaks4 as much as i hate Sonics... If Leis are old jerky VW to you then Peak /and probably Cloud/ will be worst kite for you. They have this instant depower /which can be described as on/off/ and also lack off rigid profile make them impossible to fly through lull with minimal pull change. This only closed cell foils can.
Agree, it is extremely rider individual dependant, and I dont think we can ever agree on this
In general, I think foil kites on shorter lines are most used, apart from the ultimate marginal winds where longer lines work.
As otherwise you get too much power in the sweeps.
And on LEI's longer lines works much better, as you can control the power every instant you want, turning and flying it in the window, or even depowering or stalling the kite on purpose.
Where it somehow seems, that powerful foil kites are a lot harder to handle on long lines, as you can not "dump" the power, once it is on its way fast
We all know I assume, that high AR foil kites deliver a lot more peak power when looped not too tight (or on longer lines) or flown fast, but they turn extremely slow.
This is in fact the tradoff as I see it, nothing more but that, but very important for the individual.
Personally I use foil kites when wind is below 7 knots, and LEI's when 7 and above, as simple as that
Because I dislike the slow turning kites I have to follow so to speak, and prefer to be able to turn the kite around any instance I want to.
So no, I got no experience with small foil kites in a lot of wind, sorry...
Practical things like going down and relaunch and packing down etc is another thing, but not the question here as I understand it, and both ups and downs.
Only the riding difference is what is asked about, right?