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Re: UFO v2 6m or 7m

Postby PugetSoundKiter » Tue Oct 24, 2023 4:50 pm

gotta mention, as you know, our options are based on our weights, riding styles/goals, line lengths, hydrofoil sizes/shapes, wind ranges/gustiness, and more…
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Re: UFO v2 6m or 7m

Postby Nak » Tue Oct 24, 2023 8:26 pm

IWantToFly wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2023 7:16 am
Fair, Fred and Robby are regularly out ripping on their 6s. But he will have 4, 5, 10. Would the 6 cover enough of that gap for you.
I've not flown the 10 alpha--or the 10 UFO for that matter. The 6 UFO stretches nicely to the 8 or the 9 UFO, 6 to 11 is too big of a jump IMHO. That said, the 11m UFO is for ultra light winds and gets overpowered easily. For me it's just that the 6 UFO is way more fun than the 7... If the 10 Alpha doesn't have the top end to stretch to the 6m UFO, I'd bite the bullet and find a used 8 or 9 UFO. It depends on local winds too... For the Gorge or Baja if I couldn't afford to swap out the 10 Alpha for an 8 or 9 UFO, I'd do without a kite for that wind range. It's more important for me to have the most fun possible for the conditions I see the most. 4,5,6 covers 90% of the wind I see, with the 6 being used about 25% of the time. Having to ride a 7 for that 25% just to eke out another 5% rideable days is not an exchange I'd be willing to make.

All of that said, 3,4,5,6,8,11 UFOs covers 99.9% of days that are possible for anyone to ride. And they all fit in the frunk of my Tesla Model Y, so I'm usually well prepared. :D
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Re: UFO v2 6m or 7m

Postby Wolf of Ainsdale » Sun Nov 12, 2023 6:16 pm

I've got a 7m and only had one sesh on it. First time on a strutless...absolutely loved it!!

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Re: UFO v2 6m or 7m

Postby mm1854 » Mon Jan 29, 2024 9:24 pm

Hi,

Deciding on a 3kite UFO v3 quiver. Trying to decide between 6/8/10m2 vs 5/7/9m2.

I am 185lbs excl wetsuit/harness, intermediate and ride a 1200cm2 freeride foil. When windy will mostly be TwinTipping, so 9m TT weather will typically be on TT, and 12m TT weather will be a mix between TT and foil. Very light wind naturally foil only.

I saw the recent MAC Kite video talking with Fred Hope about the new UFO v3, and Fred says his go-to sizes are 6/8/10m2, so that has made me think, although I am obviously nowhere his level. Prior to that I had been thinking 5/7/9m2. But really do not have much clue as most of my foiling so far has been with a 6m Boxer.

Have read the above, but would still appreciate input to my question which is slightly different to the OP.

Thanks!

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Re: UFO v2 6m or 7m

Postby Wolf of Ainsdale » Mon Jan 29, 2024 10:19 pm

I've got 5 7 9 quiver. Same weight as you and I ride 1050 wing north sonar. I don't think you can go wrong with either to be honest. I use the 7m the most and can get it down to 12 knots so far. Not sure on the top end yet as only had them for 4 months.

Personally the ufo is so playful compared to my north reaches. Firstly you can rig the smaller equivalent ufo (so if on my 9m reach I can now use the 7m ufo) and the drift is amazing. Makes transitions so much easier and going downwind more fun.

They pack up tight as well for traveling. I am really pleased with them.

Haven't tried a foil kite and chose the ufo as I am always on the sea and wanted something that would float in an emergency. Already had one self rescue and had to release the whole kite. Would have lost it if it was a foil kite I reckon as the currents were so strong. Managed to get it back from a pilot skipper who retrieved it for me. Anyway I digress. Am loving the ufo!

To answer your question I don't think it really matters but do you value rigging a smaller kite or maximum low end? For me it's always the smaller the kite the more fun.
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Re: UFO v2 6m or 7m

Postby Deaimel » Wed Jan 31, 2024 2:05 pm

mm1854 wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2024 9:24 pm
Hi,

Deciding on a 3kite UFO v3 quiver. Trying to decide between 6/8/10m2 vs 5/7/9m2.

I am 185lbs excl wetsuit/harness, intermediate and ride a 1200cm2 freeride foil. When windy will mostly be TwinTipping, so 9m TT weather will typically be on TT, and 12m TT weather will be a mix between TT and foil. Very light wind naturally foil only.

I saw the recent MAC Kite video talking with Fred Hope about the new UFO v3, and Fred says his go-to sizes are 6/8/10m2, so that has made me think, although I am obviously nowhere his level. Prior to that I had been thinking 5/7/9m2. But really do not have much clue as most of my foiling so far has been with a 6m Boxer.

Have read the above, but would still appreciate input to my question which is slightly different to the OP.

Thanks!
It mostly depends on your wind conditions.
I have the 5m and when the wind is around 20kts I wish I had a 4m.

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Re: UFO v2 6m or 7m

Postby Nak » Wed Jan 31, 2024 11:41 pm

Deaimel wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2024 2:05 pm
It mostly depends on your wind conditions.
I have the 5m and when the wind is around 20kts I wish I had a 4m.
This. The 4m is my favorite, about 19-20 knots is when I want the 4m over the 5m.

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Re: UFO v2 6m or 7m

Postby nixmatters » Thu Feb 01, 2024 8:54 am

Some V2 in 6,7,8 and 11m are on sale in Germany at quite good prices.

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Re: UFO v2 6m or 7m

Postby purdyd » Thu Feb 01, 2024 3:30 pm

All I can say is the 6m ufo v2 is my lightest wind kite and it seldom gets used.

And it is surprising how often I use the 4m and surprising how little wind it takes to go.

And since I got the 4m ufo v2 the 3m has been used maybe twice.

Because the 3m takes a lot of wind to get it parked.

The 4 and 5m are my favorites and the 6 m seems slow to me.

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Re: UFO v2 6m or 7m

Postby Onda » Fri Feb 02, 2024 1:45 pm

I have purchased a 3 m² V2 to extend the high-end range beyond my 4 m² V2.
Same experience with me: I use the 4 m² most often, unbelievable wind range particularly in the low end. But I found myself slightly overpowered with the 4 m² in 20+ kts of wind quite regularly. I really hope the 3 m² works nicely from 20 kts - couldn´t test it yet.
I use my 7 m² Ufo maybe twice per season - should sell it maybe. It is much less fun than the 5 m² (not to mention the 4 m²), too slow.


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