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Light wind Foil Kites

Postby white boy » Fri Jan 05, 2024 2:57 am

Guys,

I’m looking for recommendations for a light weight light wind kite (single strut etc..) for a foil board. I have a Duotone Juice 14m, and this is only for very, very light winds with the foil. I’m looking for something I can use in slightly stronger winds and with my existing clickbar…

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Re: Light wind Foil Kites

Postby IWantToFly » Fri Jan 05, 2024 5:05 am

white boy wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2024 2:57 am
Guys,

I’m looking for recommendations for a light weight light wind kite (single strut etc..) for a foil board. I have a Duotone Juice 14m, and this is only for very, very light winds with the foil. I’m looking for something I can use in slightly stronger winds and with my existing clickbar…

Many Thanks

Ant
There is a hydrofoil sub forum that may get more views.

For better advice, what is your weight, your foil, and the wind range in which you want to use the kite?

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Re: Light wind Foil Kites

Postby Peter_Frank » Fri Jan 05, 2024 6:38 am

One other hint: Maybe you should change the title.

"Light wind Foil Kites" means RAM air kites that should not be inflated.

Whereas you seek a LEI kite for some reason, is this correct?
(PS: And why? A foilkite can do the job much better)

The title is very deceiving then.

Maybe "Light wind LEI Kites for hydrofoil" would be more precise?

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Re: Light wind Foil Kites

Postby Shivix » Fri Jan 05, 2024 8:44 am

Ram air, more wind range. For example a flysurfer soul 10m. Gets you from 8/9 all the way to 18-20 knots.

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Re: Light wind Foil Kites

Postby BigBoyTonic » Fri Jan 05, 2024 9:50 am

for foiling look at the Kauper XT Falcon kites - extremly light, especially V1 if you can still get a hold of one, and quite fast and easy to steer.
They are not very tough build - so I would not recommend to use them on a TT, but for light wind foiling - the best I know.
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Re: Light wind Foil Kites

Postby white boy » Fri Jan 05, 2024 11:36 am

Guys,

Yes I am looking for an LEI kite. I weigh 75kg and have both Duotone 1250 Spirt Surf and 950 Spirt Carve foils.

My EVO SLS 12m is too heavy in light winds and my Juice 14m is only for very very light winds and works for me.

I’m looking for something in the 10-14 kn range.

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Re: Light wind Foil Kites

Postby Turbaani » Fri Jan 05, 2024 11:46 am

Budget also plays a role.
1 strutters are nice, haven't tried ufo yet. 1 strutters go for cheap in sale's. Maybe 10m would be good for that range.
Many seem to prefer ufos, a bit more expensive.
Those are for sure simple and good picks.

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Re: Light wind Foil Kites

Postby Windigo1 » Fri Jan 05, 2024 3:04 pm

Lots of good single strut out there I like the Naish Boxer and Airush Ultra for foiling if you get only one 10M is were most people start. The Slingshot UFO is also brilliant you could go 9M since it's more powerful the UFO has better drift and is lighter but the wind range is smaller. Duotone makes the Mono but nobody rides them and I have never heard anything good about them. Personally I have 12-9-7-5 single struts I only take the 12m if it's going to be under 10 knots I ride the 9M most of the time it gets me going around 7 to 8 knots and I can hold it up to 20 knots at witch point it's time to go smaller or often I just change the board.

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Re: Light wind Foil Kites

Postby Peter_Frank » Fri Jan 05, 2024 10:56 pm

I think a light 10 or 11 m2 onestrut will do the trick for your 70 kg and big foils.

Easier in lulls turns better and much better upper end than your 14 m2 and could have almost or the same lowend.

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Re: Light wind Foil Kites

Postby rnelias » Sat Jan 06, 2024 1:19 am

Shivix wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2024 8:44 am
Ram air, more wind range. For example a flysurfer soul 10m. Gets you from 8/9 all the way to 18-20 knots.
According to the wind range table in the Slingshot's website, a 7m UFO, theoretically, get you going from 8 to 30knots (22knots in range is massive!) :naughty:
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https://slingshotsports.com/products/ufo-v2-kite

I have the 6 and 9m but have not had the chance to try them extensively in the low end yet. However, I've already rode the 6m at 12k (average), +2k the low end described in the SS table and I think 10k is doable even for an intermediate rider like me (75kg/950cm^2 wing) :thumb:

Btw, I also have Souls 8 and 12m but UFO's are so much more fun to fly that the Souls are collecting dust lately


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