All true.Windigo1 wrote: ↑Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:00 pm...i prefer swimming back with an inflated kite. Foils kite are great they stay in the air a little bit better than a single strut and will relaunch in a little less wind but you have limited window to relaunch.
All the single struts are lower aspect kites. They are great for foiling because they are light but of course the disadvantages of a lower aspect LEI are there. They don't go upwind as well as a high aspect kites but on a foil that's no big deal and the wind range is smaller than a high aspect multi strut kite. They flap when fully depowered at the top of their wind range and they flap in sharp turns but again that differs some flap more than others. Yes they do turn faster than a foil kite of the same size. The light weight a low aspect shape makes them drift well when going downwind on a foil but foil kites also do that very well.
But I prefer foil kites because they they stay in the air long enough for me to get back to the beach when the wind is dropping. In the very rare event that I cannot keep my foil kite in the air, I roll my kite up, lie on it on my foilboard and paddle in. Never swim in the water! If you lie on your board and paddle you will go way faster than swimming. That is a benefit of foilboards (except for the very small ones). Incidentally if you have a harness hook then undo one side so you don't damage your board with your hook.