Don’t skip the 4 meter. Big wind range differences between the 3, 4 and 5. On a good wind day, when the 4 meter is the right kite for you, you don’t want to be trying to make it work with a 5 or a 3. Use them in their sweet spot wind ranges.Trent hink wrote: ↑Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:49 pmI have the 5 and 8 meter peak 4. My experience was that it takes much more time than I expected to really break the kite in and have it flying optimally.
At his point I think I have enough use on both of them to have them working very well, and with my big slow crappy allibabba surf foil I am now riding ok in maybe 8.5 knots with the 8 meter, and maybe 12-13 knots with the 5 meter.
There seems to be a very distinct cut-off point with both. In marginal winds I can get going with only one or two kite loops and pumping the board... Drop the wind half a knot or so and I can get going with three loops and furious pumping, but I don't seem to have enough power, and with my big, slow foil I can't seem to generate enough speed to get things working well enough to get upwind easily.
Now, I understand that the foil I am using is probably one of the main limiting factors, aside from my skill, which is only about a year and a half hydrofoiling.
I'm sure my foil is a limiting factor here, But I want to know if it I might be able to jump from the 5 down to a 3 when the wind picks up?
My experience is that these kites still work when they are moderately overpowered, they just really seem to "complain" quite a bit.
Additionally I have the ability to switch between 20,24, and 27 meter linesets.
My experience with the 8 meter has been that the 27 meter lines will help me get going slightly earlier, but I have a hard time going fast enough to really make it work any better than I can with the 24 meter lines.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the 3 meter soon.
Will this satisfy me or am I gonna have to get the 4 meter too?
I would definitely say that the Peak 5m is closer to the Neo 8 than the Peak 4m in power. I was out a couple of times with a friend who was using his 8m Neo while I was out on the Peak 5m. I do think the power spike to waterstart is a bit higher on the Neo than on the Peak 5m. On the Peak you will have to fly several large loops to get up on the foil while I could get up on the Neo with just one loop in marginal conditions. Once on the foil the power feels very close as the Peak wants to sit further back in the wind window. On the other hand my buddie dropped his Neo 8 during one session with no chance to re launch while I was still able to get home on the Peak 5m. When the wind becomes too light to stay on the board you can easily bodydrag home as it happily floats in almost no wind when other kites fall out of the sky. Hope this helps....
Also interested but I wouldn’t get one. The Peak4 11m is slow, but faster than the Peak3 12m. The 12m has more power. I’ve tried to go in 3 to 5mph with the 11m using a Slingshot Outwit 5’10” 100L board and GoFoil M200 wing. Kite flies excellent on land in that light of wind. But once on the water, even after I literally just climb on the board, stand up and try to get going. The kite is too slow to get back up fast enough to generate any power before you get moving down wind too much losing all the power you created in the first dive. I’ve only tried going that low once and the wind died. Though I just picked up the Peak4 8m for the above reason. Hoping it reacts a little faster and gets me going that low. The 11m has no problems at 7mph+ If I climb on the board manually. Getting upwind is a chore though. Love these freaking kites! Just need the 3m to complete the quiver.
I am curious about your reasoning. I have a 5, 8 and 11 and truly enjoy foiling with the 11. They are slow but faster than the FS Soul according to several Soul owners. I am 220lbs using the 633 wing.
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