windmaker wrote: ↑
Tue May 07, 2019 5:30 am
Agreed, 633, 683 etc means nothing unless you know the area, more so if you are not familiar with the brand.
Also such numbers sounds to me like some kites labeled 8.25m2 or 12.8m2 you get the feeling that they were measured after they were made
Wings should be labelled as 700 freeride, 900 wave or 550 race just like you would with kites or boards.
Some brands already do that.
Very true, an example from KETOS, where a WaveXL
wing is labelled WaveXL KF575-790 the latter is also the reference number.
Meaning span 575 mm and area 790 cm2.
One can always calculate AR then, which is 575*575/79000 = 4.2
It seems we as "users" demand to know the area and span, so most brands have got separate pages now describing this, if not into their main order page.
But for some you have to google it and find someone who has measured.
As said, the thickness relative to chord and the actual profile is extremely important indeed, but when we most often only got or can measure the outline specs (span and area), that is the best we can aim for quite often.