Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:09 pmI agree can't see many major benefits with a high V, but not many downsides either, so depends on what you find important personally I would say.
Got a lot of experience as use both on my kites, although primarily a high V on most kites.
To the discussion about launches, many are wrong IMO.
When I slide launch, i pull a rear line if needed, to get it on the side, instead of a front line, but most often not needed when you position correct.
Regarding wear on the lines when slide launching, a high V is better, as the front line(s) will be tight when sliding on the ground, so if the lower part should catch something, it is almost indestructible.
A thicker line will be stronger and way less fragile, and also less drag than two lines similar strength total.
Which also means less risk of wear at the point where lines cross after having looped the kite.
Even IF the single front line should ever break, it is not a big issue as the kite will just flap down with no power
Whereas if a frontline snaps having a low V, many kites will go into a fully powered deathloop.
Regarding self landing in high winds on smooth surfaces, where the normal dive and pull an upper line is not sufficient, but a climb up the front line(s) is needed, I really like that I can grab easy on the thick line up to the V.
From there it is more risky as you have to hold two thin lines with your bare hands the last part, and you don't want it to slip when on the upper wind limit.
Without a high V you have this risk all the way up
I often use a linecam, and having a low V is fun the very first times, but then it gets boring that you can not see anything besides yourself
Unless you choose super wideangle on the GoPro, which gives shitty pictures/video, everything gets distorted apart from the very center.
With a high V you can use a normal linear mode, thus get good pictures/video and also the closer surroundings or a fellow rider, but still not so far away that unusable (like a wideangle cam in the kite is).
Definitely an advantage too with the high V.
Disadvantages with a high V, is low wind water relaunch, where pulling the opposite frontline sometimes is the very trick to make it possible, and you can't really do this with a high V.
And you are able to dive and self land a bit easier with a low V where you can pull the frontline the last part.
Also possible with a high V, but not in as much wind.
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