jumptheshark wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:29 pm
Where the 5m has the low end power for 10-15 knots, the 4m is the one with all the range! That is definitely the sweet size for my weight and wing. The responsiveness while depowered is fantastic, and massive gain in freedom of movement and direction.
What a kite.
Just back from first session on the 4m (having fallen in love with the 5m a couple of weeks ago). Wow - what a kite! There was a decent breeze (am guessing but definitely over 15kts) to start with and the little 4m was more than powerful enough to pull my 95kg out of the water without having to thrash it all over the sky, which I was doing with the 5m (but in fairly light wind and it was actually good fun flying it so aggressively). Once up on the foil, it is so nice to be able to point wherever you want and just enjoy yourself without thinking about the kite. It was the first time that I really felt more power from the waves than from the kite as you can pretty much depower the kite to nothing or charge directly at it. Pure fun. I have given up worrying about the inevitable swim (which will happen - I just stay closer to the shore now) as I am enjoying the carving and go-kart like fun so much.
The wind picked up quite a bit and it did eventually start to flap. I was worried about flapping, but it is NOT an issue in the right wind range. The kite never felt overpowered though and I was struggling more with the foil (Moses 633) and trying to calm down the insane lift that was being generated than having to fight the kite. Sheet out and the pull goes, but it is still steerable.
Interestingly, the wind kept picking up and I changed 'down' to my 10m Soul on the twin tip. The soul handled the wind no problem and the jumps were very floaty, but it was the first time that I have felt like I was flying a tank. It is hard to describe, but the soul felt very 'heavy' in the air and more like a rhinoceros than a wing. I have loved the Souls but I think my days are numbered now, so very likely to give up on the twin tip entirely (I haven't really enjoyed that for years) and enjoy the Peaks, which are mental and feel like the perfect power source for my (short) foil board and 633 wing.
My only question is the bottom end of the 5m. I reckon that 12kts is realistic for me. I am therefore tempted to get an 8m just to cover the inevitable 10kt days (not interested in less than that really), but there is definitely less joy with the bigger sizes by all accounts. I suspect, however, that it will feel lighter and faster than the soul, which is the obvious approach as it gets going seriously early on the 633.
Another massive positive with the peaks is the launch / landing and the general feeling of safety that you have. I was kiting at a venue that requires walking through some beach huts (plenty of space - not as bad as that sounds) down a hill. Inevitably a bit turbulent. The peak is deeper in the window and sits there like a rock whereas the soul is much better into the wind so you are much more worried about it overflying. It has never happened to me, so not a massive concern, but I did enjoy the 100% sense of safety. I would also be happy self landing in high winds with the peak. Just pile it into the ground at the end of the window as there is no trapped air, so they are tough as old boots.
As you can probably tell, I am in love with the peaks. I haven't been so excited about anything kit wise since I started to foil. They are definitely not the kite to use unless you are on a foil board, but they feel perfect for that.