Adventure Logs wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:42 pm
Compared to today’s performance, I couldn’t say the same about the Speed 3s/4s.
Today - there is nothing wrong with Speed 4 IMO.
- I still use 10m Lotus for medium wind TT and HF riding, it is stable and goes in a puff, wide wind range (TT 12kn -> 40ish with my weight), light/small to pack to airplane without kite bag etc so it is my single kite family travel quiver. I laugh at people going abroad with 4 kites with boardbags on large trolleys at airports when I've packed single kite with wetsuit among other clothes and I rent a board.
- I still use Speed 4 DLX 8m, great for hydrofoiling as power can be instantly dumped by bar depower only and still drifts nicely, very dynamic to produce dive power to get going as flies fast.
- I train people with Psycho4 6m on low winds, it can be crashed hard and if it breaks, no loss on money as I bought it second hand years ago (7y? don't remember) for 300eur. Same model/size kite as used in famous "humungus jump" -video so it can perform too.
My view/opinion about "today's performance". I easily won my clubs kite ice race championship last year with Speed4 DLX 8m, this year no ice => no race to defend my result. It was my first ever race in sailing/kite ever, I am just leisure big air booster. I participated just for the fun of getting free sausages from the grill. And I weight 20-30kg more than the opponents. My opponents, most competent racer had 30-40y [he's ~4y younger than me but sailed, windsurfed and kited all his life] sail/kite racing experience and national kiterace vice champ etc, were using modern LEIs like 2020 Duotone kites from local importer etc. They did win only single lap against me, we had 4 races with 3 laps each so I won 11/12 laps, that's OP and I give all credit to my 2013 Speed4 -kite what I bought second hand as I was running wide lines and not well downwind on triangle track. That is real kite power and Speed 4 still delivered aka performed against today's LEI standards at least. But with Speed4 I'd not go against modern dedicated race foils with much more experienced racers than me, like participate at Wissa..
Don't believe me & my writing? Don't worry, my Gopro battery lasted 2 first races and they are on Youtube..
So foil kites lasts, performs and keep their usage value
IMO exceptionally well. They do not develop micro leaks on bladders or usually do not burst half on big crash so easy to maintain on that perspective. On old foilkite if bridle goes out of tune, sure it has to be maintained somehow if you want to keep it flying like new kite. If kite does not hold air then it starts to be ex-kite but you can try to re-coat it but it is a lot of hassle.