Additioally to what Regis-de-giens already explained and I agree with, I am also not sure how compfortable a 3 m² Peak4 will feel in more than 30 knts of wind as especially here no experience with single Skins. It can be that flapping and therefore bar shaking is not so relaxing anymore.
I think in 20 - 25 knts it could be still very nice and better for HF free/wave riding than Soul. When I tried the Soul 10 and 8 m² a while ago
my impression was that it is to much Freeride-Freerace to drift well enough for slalom and waves at least not as well as my ConceptAir Wave
I think when talking about drifting, which you felt bad for Peak 3 in 6 m², that I just shortly tried 2 years ago https://kitejunkie.com/slides/slide/fly
... ktvideo-56 you have to differentiate:
- If you loose line tension due to low wind or exceeding wind with your own downwind speed, any single skin will immediately collapse due to lack of structure, while a closed cell could still drift back and regain line tension.
- on the other hand, a closed cell as Soul or Wave will never react and stop as fast in front of its windwindow as a singe skin can. The two reasons for that are, to use the comparision between 3 m² Peak4 and 4,5 m² Wave, which should have both pretty similar windrange:
When the Wave with its 0,9 kg canopy and similar weight of air inside so a total mass of around 1,8 kg flies towards edge of wind window (eww), it will overshoot a bit and than thanks to its always formed S-profile (open Z) will pitch up by itself and drift back prety well, all within lets say 1-2 sec.
A single skin Peak instead with its total mass of just a 1/3 ! (0,6 kg) will, when reaching its eww, start to flutter with its trailing edge which means a virtual increase of thickness of the trailing edge and therefore an airflow with much more resistance, so pulling the aerodynamic break hardly. In this combination low weight and high resistance, a single skin is able to stop nearly immediately in lets say 1/2 sec on the eww with the additionaly Benefit, that it will be stearable all the time, while a normal foil is "incontactable" in the moment it drifts back by itself.
This means even if the single skin can't hold its shape outside of the wind window, it is nearly impossible that it will colapse as long you are rinding as me with a slow foil that can't exceed actual wind speed. The described behaviour is very interesting for slalom/waves, why I hope to compare both named kites more also in higher winds in the next time.
But I also agree with Regis, in the long term in high wind, I think I will search for a more freeride compromise similar to ConceptAir Pulsion 3,7 m² but would prefer to find something with the control benefit of a Z-bridle, but similar good drift as the ConceptAirs, but for sure not with the interesting type of drift and manoeuvrability as Peak.
About the high power of single skin one important factor is that the profile curvature is much higher than on closed cells, which causes high force per m², but also bad glide ratio.
I think low wind is much about the different compromises you always have to make and therefore an 11 m² could be a personal solution for sure and also strong enough as it will pull more than any existing big tube, if you accept what you said and as you see in the video, but as I have another focus, I would prefer the much more expensive closed cell race kites for light wind for me.
sorry if there has been the wrong impression, that this should be a full test like done with lecca-lecca and Wave.
It was just to share my very first impression with a new preserial kite (not even in final trim as I heard after). I think delivery of serial just starts now, so you may have to wait a bit till flysurfer and professional tester come with more info. Or just ask polite a concrete question as Tomas and if I can answer it, I will try to do so in my free time.
Oh, and I think for most readers it is more comfortable to not full quote, just delet the part of the quote you don't refer to, or use @ as seen abouve.