twig wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:08 pm
Alot of doubt about the race and vmg kites? Im starting to learn racing and have a sonic race9m, I feel its delicte but as long as im careful with it and as im into racing its a good kite.
That's exactly right, and for many years up until recently, this was a true statement about every foil kite.
Over the last 2 generations of foil kite designs, there has emerged this category that has ardently pursued competition with LEIs. The LEIs had relaunch, durability, and ease of use, but the foils we all know are just...better.
So there are now models for which what you wrote is mostly no longer true. 1 line relaunch, really beefy tunable bridles, great fabrics, etc.
All the while designers were trying to build foil kites that could eclipse LEIs, they were also taking their race kites in the opposite direction. This is largely a response to many professional or up and coming professional sailors getting into kitefoil racing and having more desire for 'single-regatta' equipment. What this means is that riders would buy a quiver of kites training/leading up to a major event, sell off the sizes they didn't need, then compete and sell off the sizes they had just used and get onto the next set of prototype or cutting edge gear for the next major race. This is why you can buy dirt-cheap Sonic Race and VMGs, because they were purchased with a specific campaign in mind and then passed down to the open class fleets and recreational riders.
For this reason, these kites are designed to perform really well for 1 campaign, then go away. That is not true for kites like the Soul and the Sonic3, but inherent in that fact are some compromises.
I have a Sonic2 11m and an R1V2 15m and really struggle to justify spending money on equipment less
durable than those kites, and even the R1V2 makes me nervous sometimes. If I were buying gear for a regatta campaign and knew it would go away when I'm done, I'd be exclusively on VMG's.