Flyboy wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:57 pm
I'm not sure a "power spike" is helpful in any aspect of foiling. You want predictable, consistent power. When I think about water starting a foil, the downstroke gets me moving forward, but it's the upstroke that gets me up on the foil. I'm thinking a light kite moves more easily on the upstroke in light wind. A heavy & (especially) wet kite is going to react more sluggishly in light wind when you're trying to turn the momentum from the downstroke into the upstroke.
I love the power spike for foiling - without that you need somewhat more wind to get up foiling, or a bigger kite (if sufficient wind for it to fly well).
And you are right, that was my point, the lighter smaller kites has more powerspike, especially when flown up or sideways, so you can keep power continuously if you want/need that, flying it up and down or looping it - power all the way, as opposed to heavier LEI kites.
Kites without powerspike are boring and dull, for me at least, but supereasy especially for beginners.
You need a bigger kite in the same wind, when less powerspike, but everything is easy in terms of power delivery and sheeting (and slow).
Sometimes an advantage if you just want to park and ride, yes.
Comparing a 5 m2 Peak4, to a normal 7 m2 LEI (about the same foil lowend I think) in the lower range , the LEI will totally lack the powerspike, except when flown DOWN where you get a bit of power, and feel dull and slow and heavy (which they are).
When flown powered, in lots of wind, or on twintips or waveboards - the LEI has more fluid powerspike, indeed.
But not for foiling, here the powerspike gets "lost" because of the weight, so no acceleration available.
It is the very reason why most prefer a bit smaller kites, as they can ride (foil) in the same wind as bigger ones, because of the crazy powerspike, and be way faster and more fun
That does not only go for foiling, also for other classic boards.
Others like big powerspikeless kites, personal preferences only
When is a kite too sensitive and aggressive?
Can it be too much even for those of us who like it?