plummet wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:22 am
142kph even if dh assisted stand on some slabs of wood being pulled by and angry kite is a storm is still nucking futs. I say full credit to that man. He can still claim to be the fastest human pulled by a kite.
Sorry but I have to disagree. For example, the current world speed ski record is over 150 MPH. If they were to slow down to half their speed and happened to be flying a kite at the time, does that equate to some flavor of fastest human on a kite?
IMO a more accurate description would be "the fastest human pulled by a kite with gravity assist.' Slight inclines offer substantial influences in this respect. I'm not diminishing Felix's effort because it's a kick-ass run. But trying to keep it in perspective.
In regards to what this post is about. If I'm understanding the question, I think by and large most kites are capable of reaching and maintaining the speeds sought here without too much difficulty. I've seen a number of kites operating well into the 60 kn+ range with no noticeable effect on the wing. This includes Dual skin open cell and closed cell foils and LEIs. Some being race variant and some being much lower aspect freeride kites. Even single skins seem to be reasonably good in that range.
In my experience, the kites with the grunt get the job done better than highly efficient race rigs. My fastest speed were on 12m Peter Lynn Arcs. They hit the sweet spot for me between grunt, speed and the ability to dump power in between runs and getting back upwind.