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Re: F-One SK8 750 vs. 650?

Postby THORO » Tue Nov 21, 2023 3:41 pm

Yes the sk8 is two pieces but the escape hm is a full monoblock 😬

Fone is quite radical in design 🤭
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Re: F-One SK8 750 vs. 650?

Postby alekbelia » Tue Nov 21, 2023 4:04 pm

THORO wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2023 3:41 pm
Yes the sk8 is two pieces...
A full monobloc is extremely uncomfortable. But I like the concept of the SK8 with a separate tail. This allows for the stiffest possible connection between the mast and the front wing.

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Re: F-One SK8 750 vs. 650?

Postby tomtom » Wed Nov 22, 2023 9:56 am

Onda wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2023 10:31 pm
Hi,
since a couple of weeks I have the f-one SK8 in 750 cm² (for strapless wave kite foiling) and I absolutely love it.
However, I start to ask myself if the 650 cm² might be even better suited for my purposes - small wave surfing, tight carves / turns / cut backs on Baltic Sea and North Sea.
The 750 has such an easy take-off and needs hardly any kite pull to fly. It is very easy to turn but still a bit more sluggish compared to my Alpine Freeride/Wave 950 (AR 4.3 so no wonder). The 650 SK8 could be closer to the Alpine in terms of easy turning / carving while maintaining the benefits of the 750 SK8 (unbelievable glide, makes use of even the smallest wave push, enables the use of super-small kites, rather low stall speed for its small size).

Anyone who can compare the two SK8 sizes for kite foiling, please?
I can´t test the 650 anywhere, so either have to buy (expensive) or not...

Maybe I should ask this guy:
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Did you try something from SAB like Medusa or Medusa Pro? I also look very seriously on SK8 - but was afraid to buy without try. I asking just for perspective from somebody who try both...

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Re: F-One SK8 750 vs. 650?

Postby Onda » Wed Nov 22, 2023 10:49 am

I have used an old Moses W633 with 91 cm Moses carbon mast (pre-SAB time) and an Alpine Freeride/Wave 950 with 80 cm carbon mast (the latter still in use).
If you like the SK8 or not will depend your personal preferences and how/where you want to ride.
I like the SK8 a lot. Mainly for small waves / carving / downwind swell riding. Enables me to fly silly-small kites and is a perfect combination of glide / efficiency and agility / turnability (particularly efficent / fast on waves).
The mechanical setup and construction of the f-one foil (mast, wing, stabilizer) is by far the best I´ve experienced yet. In terms of robustness, fit / accuracy and ease of use.

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Re: F-One SK8 750 vs. 650?

Postby alekbelia » Wed Nov 22, 2023 1:25 pm

tomtom wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2023 9:56 am
...Did you try something from SAB like Medusa or Medusa Pro? I also look very seriously on SK8 - but was afraid to buy without try. I asking just for perspective from somebody who try both...
This summer I had the opportunity to try both Medusa (not Pro) and SK8. I would buy the SK8 (because of sum of all - riding, feeling, etc.). Of course, these were tests of 15 minutes each. In more serious tests, the choice may be different.

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Re: F-One SK8 750 vs. 650?

Postby tomtom » Wed Nov 22, 2023 6:16 pm

And which size did you try? What is SK8 size comparable to f.e. medusa 799? I also riding similar style than original poster Onda. I.e. as "kiteless" as possible /peak 5 mostly 3,4/ connecting piec of swell with pumping and carving... Thinking about it SK8 is maybe more like medusa pro...
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Re: F-One SK8 750 vs. 650?

Postby alekbelia » Wed Nov 22, 2023 6:40 pm

tomtom wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2023 6:16 pm
And which size did you try? What is SK8 size comparable to f.e. medusa 799? I also riding similar style than original poster Onda. I.e. as "kiteless" as possible /peak 5 mostly 3,4/ connecting piec of swell with pumping and carving... Thinking about it SK8 is maybe more like medusa pro...
My hf is 860 sqm, Medusa was 699 - 880 sqm, SK8 was 850 sqm.
To be honest, I have bad memories of when Moses made very soft masts. That might influence my choice in some way.
Also, this summer a friend of mine sanded a SAB stabilizer a lot to stop the loud noises while riding.
On the other hand, the quality of the SK8 is superb, as is the water test. The SK8 was completely silent from the factory.
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