However, I would probably go the other way around: don’t cheap out on the foil but on the kites!
I would say there is less difference between a gong one strut vs a brand one strut then there is with the foils. Especially if you want more then a single wing a big ecosystem in regards to wing and stabilizer availability is nice to have.
So I would argue that the foil more sense to invest in to because, compared to a twintip, a good foil actually makes a huge difference and you are probably going to stick with it for quite some time as you mentioned.
EG lugging a heavy board and Alu mast around is a real pain compared to a nice carbon setup.
Also think about your endgame with the foil. Do you want to race/jump/freeride/waveride?
All of these matter for foilwing and board selection.
Maybe you want a race wing but the brand doesn’t provide it?
In regards to expensive twinskin foil kites there are more brands then flysurfer. Eg Kitech fRS is quite well regarded for foiling and I am also quite happy with my KauperXT Falcon so far.
Still not extremely cheap but considerably more affordable then the flysurfer kites.
Measurement at ground level doesn’t say a lot. It might be 12 knots a few meters up in the air. Also hot vs cold and humid vs dry air makes quite a big difference.ieism wrote: I'm a total beginner, so might not be the best reference.. But I have the X-over set. I can foil in 5 to 6 knots with an 11m peak 4. I know this because there was a dude on the beach with a meter that showed exacy 5 to 6 knots when I was out on my second session.
Pretty sure the peak 11m is very efficient and a skilled rider can probably keep it going in 5-6kn but it certainly isn’t a great beginner setup. The lack of lift and difficult relaunch don’t make them great for practicing. They are really great for waves and they have great fast and easy setup but it’s probably not the best kite for beginners.