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Step down wing from Slingshot INF76

Postby Foil_Adict » Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:25 pm

Wondering if any other Slingshot riders have found an optimal step down wing from the INF 76 for kitesurfing in higher winds and riding faster swells. I have found that when it gets above 20+mph winds the INF76 can feel a little on the big side and I start to feel I can not control the lift when you reach faster speeds. I have seen that the time code 68 is currently on sale. Tempted to make a leap and try it. Eventually I will upgrade to a carbon setup like Armstrong, but this seems like a nice intermediate step to round out my quiver.

I saw one review on the seabreaze windsurfing forum where one rider was really happy with the combo, INF76 for light wind and Time Code 68 for 20+. Curious if anyone has tried the Time Code 68 on a kite with decent sized waves.

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Re: Step down wing from Slingshot INF76

Postby joekitetime » Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:45 pm

I would think either the space skate or the original H5 wing (if I remember their original wing correctly)...

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Re: Step down wing from Slingshot INF76

Postby ladomi » Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:50 pm

Why not get the Infinity 65? I have not used it but it should be perfect.

I think Time Code 68 is too big. TC 57 would be better.

I would not recommend the Space Skate. In my experience it does not have good top end. My Infinity 84 has the same top end as my Space Skate when towed behind a jet ski.

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Re: Step down wing from Slingshot INF76

Postby Foil_Adict » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:02 pm

INF 65 is probably the correct answer. Just don't want to invest that much at this time. May just ride my surfboard for now when it gets over 25. Just curious to try some higher speed wind swell riding when the wind picks up without the high pucker factor that I get in these conditions on the INF76. TC57 does seem like a better fit then the 68, but I was a bit concerned it was too small. I like to completely kill the kite power using my Peak 4s and just ride the swell. The smaller wings look fun but I am not sure I would be carrying enough speed for them. Might just outrun the wave.

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Re: Step down wing from Slingshot INF76

Postby Whattheflock » Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:29 am

I have a timecode 68, haven't ridden it nearly as much as my spaceskate. I love my spaceskate. I think the timecode 68 is just a little faster than the spaceskate. TC68 seems more locked in where the spaceskate seems more.. skatey..
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Re: Step down wing from Slingshot INF76

Postby Foil_Adict » Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:03 pm

Whattheflock wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:29 am
I have a timecode 68, haven't ridden it nearly as much as my spaceskate. I love my spaceskate. I think the timecode 68 is just a little faster than the spaceskate. TC68 seems more locked in where the spaceskate seems more.. skatey..

Do you think the TC68 has more top end then the Space Skate?

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Re: Step down wing from Slingshot INF76

Postby Whattheflock » Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:08 pm

Foil_Adict wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:03 pm
Whattheflock wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:29 am
I have a timecode 68, haven't ridden it nearly as much as my spaceskate. I love my spaceskate. I think the timecode 68 is just a little faster than the spaceskate. TC68 seems more locked in where the spaceskate seems more.. skatey..

Do you think the TC68 has more top end then the Space Skate?
It feels more "locked in" at higher speeds.. but I haven't been able to go faster on it compared to my spaceskate.. I used it for 10-15 sessions in higher winds but dont think it was worth it. My buddy bought one at the same time as me and thinks the same.. he's around 80kg or so. Spaceskate goes just as fast and more fun when going slow. It'll go as slow as 16km/h and as fast as 35-37km/h. For the record I'm 70kg which is light for a 1500cm2 wing.

I think I prefere the low aspect foils and likely will pick up a full 633 or 679 setup for my next foil. I've read another poster on here say, " It's good to have one of each extreme of foils" one large foil for playing light wind (80% of my riding) and one "steak knife" foil for stronger wind, speed, boosts etc.

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Re: Step down wing from Slingshot INF76

Postby Milko0k » Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:30 am

I find H4 more enjoyable on its low end. It's a big ,fat, slow wing that carves like my longboard. Btw it's Loaded Tan Tien Flex 2.
Over 16kt it progressively develops more drag.
At 20kt ,or 37kmh, it's no fun because it just wants to jump out and be free.

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Re: Step down wing from Slingshot INF76

Postby grigorib » Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:52 am

I’d not do H4/spaceskate - it’s about as large as i76 but not as good form factor. It’s a good wing but not much improvement.
H2/Gamma68 or H1/TC68 are about 50% smaller wings and will still be plenty rideable before you go to H5/TC57.

The ~900-1100 sq.cm “higher” aspect wings seem to provide pretty solid bridge between speed and lowend.

Of course there are i65 and Apollo 60 but these are still 4x more expensive than H1/H2 which have been on sale at many places
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Re: Step down wing from Slingshot INF76

Postby PugetSoundKiter » Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:04 pm

Does the H1/TC68 really have low stability or should I put less credence in the Performance Characteristics bar graphs?


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