HI all, I've had a couple more sessions on the landboard with my Peak 4 5m and am just totally in love with this kite !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It just works for freaking well for me....during about 2 hours of non-stop riding in crappy shifty gusty wind it never touched the ground. That has NEVER happened with any other kite at this spot with similar winds (our wind is always crappy).
Want power? Loop it and send it across the window ! Want even more? KEEP LOOPING ! So far, I think the elevated infinity symbol flight path gets the most power, but still playing around with that. So easy to get max power, just keep it from flapping (to much AoA = flappy, to little AoA=flappy).
To much power? Push bar away and make it flap !
Wanna adjust your gloves or harness, get a drink, or whatever? LET GO OF THE BAR ! This is normally not a good idea here, but not a big problem for a few seconds with the Peak.
Wanna quickly change its direction? Pull a steering line or crank the bar all the way, and the kite spins fast with zero power. Stop the rotation and then ZOOM !
Wind up and down so much you can't decide what size kite to rig? To big and you'll be toast in the gusts, but to small and you'll do nothing anytime else. No problem, rig the Peak ! With its 5m, I had no trouble in gusts, and plenty of power all the time. Similar winds I'd have my 9m LEI, and cringing during the gusts. And probably dropping out of sky in the lulls.
No one around and need to launch or land? NO PROBLEM !!! Pull in the steering lines a few inches and it just sits there, seems impossible to take off as long as the lines are held. I wrap the bar around the landboard and then walk to kite to secure it. Other kites this is never going to work, at least in my experience....I usually have to pull single-line safety.
Wind goes from 5kts to 20kts suddenly and the kite rockets to zenith and is going so fast you hear a sonic boom? Normally this is a recipe for a stall and kite tumbling out of the sky...with Peak just push bar way. Sure you can steer any kite away from zenith to prevent stall but Peak can drastically slow down due to high drag when FULL FLAPPY MODE (FFM) is engaged ! It is non-event.
Big gust has you rolling at high speed on the edge of control, heading for a 10 foot drop-off ? Sheeting out on a normal kite is not going to work, since I can't get full depower (short arms) when leaning back and kite down low. Edging hard upwind is the obvious solution...but geez I get tired sometimes and can't edge as hard as I'd like...so screwed with other kites in this situation. With Peak, no problem !!! It only takes a few inches of bar movement to get mega-depower ! You can even pull the bar all the way in, make it flap, and slow things down. And steer it up either fully powered or with bar out, and send it other direction to slow you down. Wow. You also have full steering control at all times...other kites don't turn so great when you push bar away during a gust.
All in all, this kite is just fantastic. I had so much fun on the landboard....my other kites are getting very jealous.
It just completely excels with staying in the sky in low wind lulls, control, depower, ease of launch/land, everything that I need to have fun here. I think the only negative I read is the water relaunch and jumping, upwind angles, and sustained power for riding a twin tip. But....a landboard takes constant power too (unlike a hydrofoil with takes max power to start then minimal to keep riding) so I'm looking forward to trying Peak 4 with a twintip in decent winds. Based on my time with the landboard, in decent wind the 5m makes plenty of power to ride a twin tip ! The pros of this kite in my local conditions will totally outweigh the cons. And of course, riding a hydrofoil it is a dream, or so I hear...water still to cold for me to try it. I can attest strongly, it totally rocks for landboarding in gusty winds with seriously low lulls. Maybe the upwind angle not as good as my 9m LEI ....but who cares ? THIS KITE LET ME RIDE FOR TWO HOURS NON-STOP !!! That has NEVER happened before.
This kite is seriously a game-changer for me. MORE TIME KITING ! And MORE FUN !
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