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Re: gliding/carving with speed: kite falls (a good drifting kite)

Postby drsurf » Tue Dec 15, 2020 4:22 am

+2 Peak4

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Re: gliding/carving with speed: kite falls (a good drifting kite)

Postby Onda » Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:32 am

+3 Peak4
Full stop :thumb:

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Re: gliding/carving with speed: kite falls (a good drifting kite)

Postby plummet » Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:26 am

Wow, the peak I tried was a terrible sack of shit. Too slow and terrible upwind, not dynamic at all.
It was an 8m and light wind. So maybe not a fair test. It was certainly significantly worse than the chrono in those winds.

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Re: gliding/carving with speed: kite falls (a good drifting kite)

Postby Janus » Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:43 am

plummet wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:26 am
Wow, the peak I tried was a terrible sack of shit. Too slow and terrible upwind, not dynamic at all.
It was an 8m and light wind. So maybe not a fair test. It was certainly significantly worse than the chrono in those winds.
:lol:
You should try the 11m.. no kidding.

3,4,5 (and now 6, personally don't have experience with it) are the sizes you should try. My personal best is the 4m.
Try it when you can, I think it will change your opinion..

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Re: gliding/carving with speed: kite falls (a good drifting kite)

Postby jumptheshark » Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:23 pm

plummet wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:26 am
Wow, the peak I tried was a terrible sack of shit. Too slow and terrible upwind, not dynamic at all.
It was an 8m and light wind. So maybe not a fair test. It was certainly significantly worse than the chrono in those winds.
C'mon man. It's a single skin..... wet blanket would be the correct term. Man, where is Revhed when you need him!

Only a closed cell foil can truly be a sack of shit.

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Re: gliding/carving with speed: kite falls (a good drifting kite)

Postby Peter_Frank » Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:14 pm

Ha haa, funny :rollgrin:

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Re: gliding/carving with speed: kite falls (a good drifting kite)

Postby Huib » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:41 am

I you don't want a single skin, the best you can find is the BRM Cloud. The UFO is also very good but drifts a little less then the Cloud.

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Re: gliding/carving with speed: kite falls (a good drifting kite)

Postby cwood » Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:01 pm

plummet wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:26 am
Wow, the peak I tried was a terrible sack of shit. Too slow and terrible upwind, not dynamic at all.
It was an 8m and light wind. So maybe not a fair test. It was certainly significantly worse than the chrono in those winds.
I demo'd an 8m peak and really didn’t like it. Bought a 4m as my high wind storm kite and love the thing. You can fly it one handed in 25kts plus and really just forget about it in the waves. Its just there when needed. Upwind performance is acceptable and gets you out through the shit no problem. I look at the wingers and just can’t see giving up the peak and kite setup for their apparent freedom in the waves. I think i am way more free with a good sized wave wing (Moses 679), small board and peak4.

I should add, in all other conditions I’m on 8, 10, 12 souls or 11m sonic 3.

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Re: gliding/carving with speed: kite falls (a good drifting kite)

Postby Peter_Frank » Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:09 pm

cwood wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:01 pm
plummet wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:26 am
Wow, the peak I tried was a terrible sack of shit. Too slow and terrible upwind, not dynamic at all.
It was an 8m and light wind. So maybe not a fair test. It was certainly significantly worse than the chrono in those winds.
I demo'd an 8m peak and really didn’t like it. Bought a 4m as my high wind storm kite and love the thing. You can fly it one handed in 25kts plus and really just forget about it in the waves. Its just there when needed. Upwind performance is acceptable and gets you out through the shit no problem. I look at the wingers and just can’t see giving up the peak and kite setup for their apparent freedom in the waves. I think i am way more free with a good sized wave wing (Moses 679), small board and peak4.

I should add, in all other conditions I’m on 8, 10, 12 souls or 11m sonic 3.

This is the very point here indeed :thumb:

3-4-5-6 m2 Peak4 works fantastic in waves and for allround, these sizes are in a league of their own, whereas bigger are worth nothing in waves (but great in terms of being fast to rig and pack and hangs forever)

Then again, the bigger sizes are actually okay in waves, compared to other foil or LEI kites - but hey, the other ones dont work either when less than 10 knots of wind, in waves :roll: :rollgrin:

8) Peter

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Re: gliding/carving with speed: kite falls (a good drifting kite)

Postby riddim1 » Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:26 pm

Been reading about the Peak4 on KF and am interested in trialing.

I like to have an open mind about different tools for kitesurfing. I acknowledge the water relaunch capabilities of the Peak4 but I can see applications for where I live, bay wind swell for example. I wouldn’t use one on the open ocean.

In the context of gliding/carving with speed, could anyone recommend an appropriate size for me @ 80kgs on a pocket board and 1100cm2 surf foil in 18-25kn? I am thinking the 4m would be the pick....


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