What's your beach like? Launching and landing is the tricky part of foil kite ownership and can be worse compared to tube kites in strong winds (need to be careful with bridle to avoid tangles, more downwind pull launching, less people who understand how to land them and may be slower to offer landing help etc).lopor wrote: ↑Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:20 amHi, last year I purchased FS Soul 15m (which replaced my Speed 4 Lotus of the same size). My other kite is Ozone Catalyst 9m. As you can see there´s quite a gap in my kite range, however, it is kiteable. I am thinking of replacing the Catalyst with Soul 10m (if I get a second hand one for a reasonable price). Will I lose some top end compared to the Catalyst? I mean will I be able to kite in such strong winds that were kiteable with the Catalyst 9m? The main benefits I expect is shrinking the gap between my kites and being able to transport my kites in one bag. Thanks
I have a grassy field to rig up and land in and whilst it has its benefits, its treacherously slippy when wet ( roughly November to March due to either rain or overnight condensation). I often have to self launch and land my kites due to timing constraints so its worth considering if you might be in that situation when thinking of changing down. For info, my 10m soul seems to be about similar to a 10 - 12m Rebel quiver (for me). I still need my 9m Rebel for days when its really blowing. I'm half thinking of a 7m Soul as I'm really enjoying the 10m but I need to get a lot more comfortable with launching and landing it when its windy before I change over.
Also I don't notice the size difference in transporting kites that much. Sure you don't have a pump but put in the kites weights (grassy field so I'm not filling a sack with sand and emptying out at the end of a session) and you are back to some bulky bags again.
Not trying to discourage you from changing but make sure you understand the problems you might be facing. The best solution is to keep the catalyst and get a 10m. That way you can always be in the sweet spot of one of your kites