elguapo wrote: ↑
Thu May 06, 2021 12:30 pm
windybrit wrote: ↑
Wed May 05, 2021 11:31 pm
Well understood , thanks.
I rarely buy v1 of anything if I can avoid it
So if the Alpha is choice #3 then I’m curious what the first two are. I btw want more foil oriented kites but when I travel want to be able to ride waves too and don’t recon the Ultra is so good for that. I am interested in the new OR Roam Hybrid (when it finally arrives)
a RAM air (foil) kite
higher aspects for speed.. low aspect kites/foils for surf style.
a strutless kite
a single strut
the foil kites tend to be more lightweight, more power/area and have better lightwind and drift (turn off pull) capabilities..easier to travel since you can use smaller kites and wont need a pumo.
strutless tend to be lighter(better lightwind), and drift better than strut kites.
the primary reason people want single struts for foiling, imo, is "fear".
they are scared they can't relaunch a foil or strutless kite...
..which to me is nonsense.
most folks learning to foil already tend have pretty good kite skills. they rarely put kites in the water..
certain kites i tend to always see in the water.. an ozone alpha is not one of them.
the best kite to use for foiling with a surf style hydrofoil is a peak4 at the moment.
nothing packs smaller.
hardly nothing beats the power/size (you'll often ride a size 3/4m while tablet riders are on 12m and single struts are on 8m)
nothing will stay in the air in less wind..nothing drifts/turns off better
you literally have to steer the kite into the water to get it out the air.
to me...a peak4 on short lines is the ideal setup for going upwind to ocean swell..and then riding those growing waves back over the reefs.
the negative (ie fear) of a peak4.
yes. relaunching ability is poor (to be nice)
i understand knowing how to self rescue with your kite..
but your pump kite is not supposed to be your PFD.. stop relying on it
... just where an impact vest or invest in an restube pfd like waterman in literally every single other sport does.
but again, you already have pretty good kite skills
just dont steer your kite into the water.. easy.
all this is just personal opinion..