kitexpert wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:47 pm
[ Kite like Soul can be flied statically in (almost) 0 wind, for example to do 360 degree circles. Of course then kiter has to move.
Static flying ability doesn't have much to do with how well kite can be used for traction. Practically all kites can be flown to very low wind speeds if kiter knows how to do it.
I disagree : of course there are significant differences between foil kite in staying in the air... and it can be a condition to go in the water in very light winds, at least for light weight riders; for heavy rider beyond 80 kg, it is not sio important indeed . And the skills of the pilot is applicable for both light and heavy kite , meaning an expert will keep in the air a lighter kite with less wind than samer heavier kite;
"'almost no wind" is really not accurate ; and in 360 degress, wind is fully compensated by pilot backward speed ...
Soul is among "medium light wind kite" , not the worst but not the best, close to A15 by the way ; without looking for extreme light wind, I strongly recommend to light wind lovers to select carefully their kite, whatever their skills ( since an expert will benefit from its skills but also maybe will push the limits to lower winds)