High perf foils or high aspect tubes are for going fast and straight, which some (most) people do on a buggy. For me it's more about turns, tacks, brutal changes of direction, and the resulting power slides, kite super low, ... and the odd speed run to escape chasing dogs, so it's actually much more like wave riding, and it's quite a great way to get a glimpse of the capabilities of a wave kite, in lighter conditions, (and in cold weather). Very easy to shoot towards the kite, slack lines and then see how it recovers, tight loops, full loops, long traverses of the wind window, tensioned or not, ... Unlike with a mountainboard, there's no real constraint of balancing against the kite pull. Just select the trajectories and the level of drifting...drsurf wrote: ↑Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:34 pm
I also have a race foil which works fine with the Peak4... but it's not as much fun as a twin skin foil like a Soul, sonic or Chrono or even a higher aspect LEI kite. With a race foil the aim is speed and being able to point upwind at ridiculously high angles. So I can understand the analogy with the buggy on the Peak4, the reason there are different kites is because we do widely different things with them. I have a mountain/land board which I can use with my Peak4 but it won't jump like my Soul.
Anyway, I'm in no doubt that a 4m or 3m Peak would be a lot of fun in 18+ kts on a buggy, but then possibly a 5m LEI would be even more fun for what I'm after. Moot point anyway, since strong winds would always motivate me to go in the water, even cold. But in those 10kts I had the other day, I felt like the LEI had a much more rewarding response to my aggressive piloting than the Peak 5 ever did. Doesn't mean I will stop using the Peak for buggy, but now that I have a much clearer understanding of the qualities and abilities of the weapons in my arsenal, I'll make an educated choice to match the conditions, and my desires for the day.