omg wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:25 pm
Hi guys, how do you compare the 873 to 1100, please? Would very much like to hear feedback from people using both like you two
I've ridden both back to back and they are very, very different (ridden them winging). The 1100 is fast and stable. I actually think the 873 has better low end and it is very hard to control at speed for me. Like mentioned above, the 873 seems to work really well on catching tiny bumps and smallish waves. If the wind is light, and the current is flooding, so flattish water, I grab the 1100 for better upwind ability. But if the wind is light, and the current is ebbing, so that there is river swell, I grab the 873. On the 873 I get on the swell and park the wing and can pump/glide a certain distance. I'm working on connecting swell after swell and trying to extend the parked wing riding.
The 1100 is a much more practical wing, and I've had it out in close to 30mph winds. the 790 and even 633 is way, way more fun in stronger winds, but the 1100 can handle it much better than the 873. The 873 for me is really a beast when overpowered.
Lastly, an annoyance with the 873 is that it is incredibly floaty when in the water. It takes some serious physical strength to push the wing underwater. In fact, when I ride it with a microboard kiting, if I fall the board sits straight up in the water like a tombstone. Very odd looking. That is one super floaty wing.
Hope that helps.
I'd have the 1100 as a lightwind foil for winging. I'd get the 873 if you have money to play with and want a varied experience from time to time winging.