Flyboy wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:53 am
But there's another problem. We started with how great the 5m is ... & then progressed to the 4m being better & the 3m being better than that! So now, in order to avoid the experience of having to revert to the horrible kites, you need a whole quiver. AND that still doesn't address the fundamental requirement for a sub 12 knot kite.
The stronger the wind, the more fun it is, that is the same good old rule that applies here again with the Peaks.
I like my LEI 7 more than the 9, and the 5.5 more than the 7. All my sessions on the 4m LEI have been a thrill. It's just a pity that the reality of weather conditions doesn't allow me to ride the 5.5 every time.
On the other hand, the Peak lets me ride a small simple nimble 5m instead of my 9m LEI, so that's a nice advantage.
If money was no issue, I'd have a 4m Peak, but then the ocean conditions typically start to come alive for a surfboard and I'm happy with the way my wave kites work for me. Small tube kites are also good fun for snowkiting. In good wind, they relaunch well, so apart from carrying a pump, that's not enough incentive for putting a 4Peak on my shopping list.
In over 20 kts, everything is pretty dynamic and lively, it doesn't even need to be super efficient either. But light winds, and very light winds is where the gear efficiency matters a lot more. 8-12kts, larger Peaks would do, trading some performance for ease of use and good stability in lulls, but less than 8kts and it becomes super specialized territory (and ... unfortunately lots of dollars).