Peter_Frank wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:52 pm
It does not have the same power or peak power as double skin foil kites, but still more than a LEI.
But apart from that, much more depower/range, and by far the kite that can hang in the lowest wind
Only thing that (still) stops me, is that most of you say the bigger sizes are not nearly as good as the smaller ones...
If so, it should be for waves instead, where they excel.
The question of the power of Peak4 kites is a hard one to answer as they have quite a different type of power delivery to other kites. I think the rough guide to Peak4 power is that they deliver approximately 1.5 times the power of a similar sized LEI kite. Most users I've spoken to experience of a Peak4 5m kite for example would rate it as somewhere between a 7m and 9m LEI kite in power. With a surf foil all you need is just enough wind to get you up on the board and then you can easily foil as the apparent wind does the rest.
I think this is where the discussion of the merits of the larger Peak4 kites compared to the smaller Peak4 kites happens. I think it works like this. If you were on a surfboard or twin tip and wanted a good kite for the waves you will probably find that a 12m LEI wave kite is not as much fun as a 9m LEI wave oriented kite. It's slower and less responsive in circumstances where to ride the wave you want a fast and responsive kite. However if you haven't got enough wind for the 9m kite and the 12m will get you planing and having some fun in the waves will you use it or go home until you can use the smaller kite?
The smaller Peak4 kites are like the 9m and smaller LEI kites. Fast and responsive with phenomenal drift. Great fun in the waves on a surf foil and terrific for other tricks and manoeuvres requiring a fast responsive kite. If you're under 70kg you're good from 8-10 knots to 25 knots plus with these kites. However if you're a 95kg foiler and faced with 10 knots of wind you need to go bigger and the larger Peak4 kites will get you up and foiling. If you're a lightweight and want to foil consistently under 10 knots then it's time to consider a larger Peak4 too. The issue with light wind is that 1 or 2 knots is the difference between foiling or failing and buying a bigger Peak4 to gain 2 or 3 knots at the bottom end is where you have to decide if it's worth it.
To put it simply, small kites in sufficient wind are more fun than large kites of any type in light winds any day when you're using a surf foil. Sure a big twin skin kite will get you going in 6 knots at two or three times the wind speed with freerace foil but I'm only talking about surf foils and manoeuvrability which is where the Peak4 excels. But even as a 65kg foiler I have a Peak4 8m for those occasional light wind days under 10 knots when 5m is not enough. It's still fun
And one last thing, TRY A PEAK4 FOR YOURSELF!!
So many questions about the Peak4 are answered just by using one for 5 minutes. It's no surprise that the Peak4 thread viewtopic.php?f=197&t=2401224
on this forum is so popular and has so many positive comments. They are a really good, inexpensive kite, which in combination with a surf foil is a fantastic ride you won't have with any other kite to the best of my experience. Find the nearest Peak4 kiter to you and ask if you can try it and you'll see why he/she is smiling.