markstf wrote: Had a blast riding my new Peak4 4 and Moses T38 + Onda 633 combo in pretty gusty conditions (13 to 30+ knots) here in Sardinia! Best kite I've ever flown in such sketchy conditions, by far! Suffice it to say that I'm ordering a 5 and an 8 and will get rid of my Soul 6 and probably 10 in perspective. I'd add that self launching (and landing) the kite was a breeze. I also tried to pull the quick release on the beach (I was using the FLysurfer Infinity 3.0 CC Airstyle Bar) and I can honestly say that the Peak is the safest kite I've ever had in my quiver. I've been kiting since 1998 and lost count of them! In short, despite my initial skepticism, the FLysurfer Peak is a real game changer for me as far as Kite Foiling is concerned.
Couldn't agree more! In fact I fly my Souls (10 and 15) in very marginal conditions with the T38 and Onda 633. As a matter of fact, I've had a few sessions with the 10 and Moses T60/Groove Skate + Moses Fluente combos but I reckon my Sonic 2 13 is way better for fast cruising. That being said, the Soul/Flyradical combo is simply amazing for jumping!outside a soul 6m de-powered....the souls are WAY too "much" for the 633 wing (at least to me)
i much prefer either a wave in 4.5m or peak4 in 5m
in my hands, bigger souls are twintip territory.
and i LOVE flying souls slightly overpowered on twintips..
I guess you mean foils, well I like Psycho 4 and A15, but ARCs where very good from memory. None specific advice is very helpful so I will give that. In generally the fatter, bigger, lower AR, lighter ,more C shape and better balanced the better they are at it. I would describe that there is a need from the kite to maintain it's structure and stability and sink slower. Weight and the flatness affect how quick it will sink, but a flat kite is less stable...There is also a hot air effect and inertia, with inertia more delaying anything going wrong or keeping it going right. Foils have a wonderful weight distribution compared to an LEI, they tend to hold orientation and even pitch back a little.jatem wrote: Foilholio, could you share some examples of specific kites that slack line well? I'm interested to try them out. Compared to the LEIs I've ridden, the peak4 is miles ahead when I'm riding a hf fast in swell without any worry of the kite falling out of the sky, and without any noticeable pull.
Well at this point I feel like a jedi master on the subject talking to a novice. Where to start.jatem wrote: Front stalling when lines are slacked is a very undesirable trait of many kites. I have seen multiple LEIs ripped in half this season, and many that had to swim in after front stalling in waves at my local beach. Relaunch isn't a helpful feature after the fact. Prevention seems better than cure.
I hear your concern, SS collapse and open with a tremendous change in power. But even with a more simple small NASA wing, I could find myself maxed out on 15m lines in 20knots but if I flew it on the bridles 30-40knots became possible. Obviously at standing high it was not 30-40knots that was the weather station reading. But it shows that even with the more primitive design there's a huge versatility to the range. Also a SS has a flagging ability second to none, like a sheet in the wind they are. So there is a potential for safety and some concern. I think only experience, which currently there is very little, will show their true qualities.windrider1 wrote: ↑Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:23 amHaha safest traction kite available . Try to take a single skin out at the very top of its winrange and U might change your mind . Especially the small ones when depowered they make for a pretty scary ride as they collapse and then open up . Thyre excellent kites within their windrange but beyond thta very unstable
Sounds like a good idea, I'm interested in the marabou.
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