it seems, most people are interested only in small Oeaks for hydrofoil
But I wanted something very different and did some tests with a Peak 4 13m.
My goal was, to be able to ride in the very, very lowest wind conditions on land. Using a longboard on asphalt. I tried this for a few days now, here is my experience:
It is possible to ride with the Peak 4 / 13m as soon, as my windmeter shows "stable" wind above ~2 knots. The kite will not fly stable in this wind, but it's possible to "hotlaunch" by pulling center line, get going with the Longboard and turn upwind, but you have to be very quick. The moment you are moving slightly upwind, the apperent wind will be enough to ride. Going downwind is very difficult, I need ~4 knots for that.
BUT the 13m Single Skin is definitely not generating more power than a 12m closed cell (I am using Pansh Aurora). I first managed to ride in these conditions with the Peak. But after a few days of practise I am now able to ride with the Aurora in those conditions, too. In the end, I liked riding the closed cell kite better:
Again, this is in very, very low wind (2..3 knots)!!!
Peak 4 13m
- easy to start by walking a few steps into the wind
- very difficult to relaunch, have to walk to the kite every time and put it in a good position for relaunch
- in case of an error, loosing tensions in the lines, the Peak will "collapse" completely. Fall down and will NOT be relaunchable at all. (again in very low wind)
- The Peak will not generate power when looping or moving in these conditions, it's only enough to keep it flying
- I CAN ride along in apperent wind, but I won't get faster, no build up of power
Aurora 2 12m (in same conditions very low conditions)
- difficult to get it launching/flying at first, as it need to be filled with air. You need a pump and/or some running to get it filled.
- as soon, as it IS filled, easy to relaunch
- it is MORE stable in the air, as it won't collapse as easy. Can go through lulls better.
- as it has more weight/inertia can generate more power from moving and looping
- can build up power from riding, the faster I get, the more power I get so I can build up more speed.
As soon as it is stable 4..5 knots it's very different, the Peak 13m will fly perfectly stable from 4 knots up. As will my Aurora 12m. In this higher wind range, I is still more fun to ride the Aurora, as I can ride a lot faster. But the Peak will be a lot easiert to handle. But considering the price (Peak is ~3x the price of Aurora) I will stick with Aurora for now.
Hope that helps