ice wrote: ↑
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:58 am
Trent hink wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:23 pm
[I tried the 5 meter with my old SS space pickle in maybe around 22-25 knots and I thought it worked really well.
Wouldn't the flutter be unbearable at that wind speed?
I went out with the 5 m2 Peak4 on a waveboard, in sideshore conditions.
Worked amazing, I could ride a lot higher on the waveface, and the kite felt like it was "never in the way" and just did what you wanted
The downside was only when going in and out from the water, there is 4-500 m, and when you walk in this high wind (it was wind corresponding to a 6-7 m2 LEI on a waveboard) with the kite fully depowered, it was as you said, an unbearable flutter
But when riding, no flutter at all, only if you stand fully depowered on the ground.
When riding DTL, at which this kite is MUCH better than LEIs, even if depowered, I did not notice any flutter, probably because one rides towards the kite so very subtle and not really noticeable, or because you intuitively sheet in so depowered some, but not fluttering.
Wind picked up a tad, and I took a 6 m2 LEI kite instead now.
What a heavy slow monkey to ride with now - it felt slow and heavy and stiff, you could not choose your own line on the wave now (like you could with the Peak4), and it really felt like an ancient kite - not good...
Eventhough the day before it was a top of the line LEI wave kite, ha haa, the contrast was scary
But next wave sessions was with my LEI kites, so a bit of time between, and I got used to these again, maybe just lazy "I like to ride something that I know by heart inside out".
Have only used the Peak for waveboards this one time, but sounds I should do it some more - it is just not a part of my normal routine when rigging, and launching a foil kite in this high wind is not something that is easy, always.
It might also have a lower wind range than a LEI, but I can not say, as only experience with this on hydrofoils.
I could also have my doubts about its durability in this wind, but dont know either...