kitexpert wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:41 pm
Yeah, I am. Been doing this perhaps too much and for too long... When I see a foil kite collapsing I know what is behind it. I have made a foil kite which has 0 collapse during years of use, 0. And some which collapsed all the time
It is ridiculous Kitexpert and your interventions become decieving. You should show your skills on some video and get our comments instead of thinking you can deduce all from other's better than them. You should trust more testers like me when not affiliated to a brand;
Seriously, stability depends on spot condition: I never saw any kite not collapsing when reaching their wind speed limit or entering in a turbulent offshore wind like on the video; none, whatever the pilot; it just comes sooner or later. If you look carefully at the video when the collapse arrives, I am trying to body drag with two hydrofoils (mine + a friend of mine), but similar "perturbed" situations can arrive and shall be part of a kite review IMO ; ok, the FRS is not the best on this point in marginal winds, your loved Soul is slightly better, but not the best among recent foils (I saw several sizes of Soul collapsing in mountains or water), and any LEI including Ultra are worse; so who is right ? just open your thoughts out of your spot-specific / medium wind limited experience; A friend of mine got a Pulsion and a Ultra, he sold rapidly its Ultra for a lack of efficiency, speed and stability in very light wind.
One important point is the ability of the kite to recover when an instability happens (light weight and limited ratio helps for that, FRS seem to have average result on this) or relaunch (FRS is very good at this); Neither Airush One, Ultra, nor LF Solo would ever had allowed me to relaunch and come back to shore as you can see on the video, believe it or not.
One friend of mine (kite teacher, surf and hydrofoil) had significant experiences on Ultra (he loves it in surf) , Pulsion (prefered light wind kite) , FRS (prefered plug and play / relaunch / solidity / price), Hyperlink and Soul; now he sold his school and looks for a unic light wind kite for his own use in lakes: he pre-selected FRS (but if light cloth is agreed by Kitech) and Pulsion.