Wow you must be a sensitive person. I will admit the higher bar pressure at first from being used to the Sonic2 took some getting used to but it's still lower than most LEIs. Now I actually prefer it over the slightly vague lightness of my Sonic3. Goes to prove, we like what we are used to. I think part of the reason for the higher bar pressure is towards the end of the wing tips the Z level is on the trailing edge. Of course this means the Soul has tighter turns unlike the Sonic3 which more pivots.Kristan wrote: ↑Sat May 01, 2021 8:19 am
And I say that the bar pressure was biiiitch. It was so hard it pinched nerves in my elbows during transitions, which was quite painful. It's a good thing that Soul is quite static kite and doesn't require much sining, but when it does, if wind drops, that's when it turns into a gym session, rather than kiting. Whenever I go off the water for a mid session break, what was tired the most were not my legs, abs or back, but the arms. And I definitely weren't able to control it with one arm on the bar. Folks have suggested that I should lengthen some lines in the bridles to reduce the bar pressure, but I didn't arse to do that. Yet that option could've been made tunable on V2 like it is on LEIs.
High bar pressure was one of the main reasons why I got rid of the Soul. Now I have a LEI kite and the bar pressure on it was feathery, which felt really weird, so I have set it up for higher bar pressure and it was still not as hard as it was on Soul.
Was shortening the steering lines a cm or two too much effort for you? If so then I'm sure adjusting the bridle must have been WAY too much to ask.
You can get away with the 50cm bar(what I use with my Sonic3 11m) and have used the same size with my Soul 15m but might as well get a bar that works for both so go for the 60cm. Something of a warning with the larger bars with smaller Sonics is you'll have a tendency to stall a wing tip easier if you really crank the bar. Some like to do this(I do), it will spiral without power, but takes some time to get used to and when you are at the lower limit of the wind range, it can be counterproductive.Gestalt wrote:
I'm getting a new Sonic3 11m and 15m and wondering what size bar to get for both? I take it 55cm-60cm for the 15m, but what is ideal for a 11m?
Also in the Soulv2 video looked like it was flown with 26m line lengths? Not sure if that was just one person or everyone. I thought standard infinity bar line length is 20m. Wondering what kind of impact that has, and what people prefer.
In the Soul2 vid, the guy with the long lines prefered it. FS is still recommending 20m lines with the larger sizes.
I would say on twintip, the Sonic3 will have a better lowend because you can crank the kite up and build the apparent wind and produce more power compared to the Soul. On hydrofoil, after quite amount of time with my Sonic3, I believe that the Soul is better than the Sonic3 unless you are racing or jumping. With the power spike of the Soul, you can rig a smaller kite which for me is more fun. I primarily foil strapless on a micro board in the surf so it suits me fantastically.cwood wrote: Better low end on a TT might be debatable. I'm a foiler and booster and the Souls have better power spike. Definitely lower bar pressure though.
The wing tip folding in issue that you can see and they spoke about in the video is VERY unusual behavior out of a Soul. This is why I think the bridle hasn't been completely bedded in and still needs more breaking in.
The video was missing a couple to me important aspects so I'll be covering that in mine once I can finally get ahold of one. Kinda pissed they were able to get them before release date but oh well.
I was hoping the stiffer fabric would help reduce the slight lag in turning and I hope it does help the drift, they didn't cover that.
I think people were expecting a Sonic2 -> Sonic3 kind of upgrade but it really is more of a SonicFR-> Sonic2 upgrade. FS has done this before with the Speed3 -> Speed4 Lotus and the cloth really did make a difference. The Lotus fabric really has a huge step forward though and I don't expect the same with this TX-Light stuff. It's nice though they addressed the issues like stronger seams, easier bridle adjustment, and more adjustability.
As someone else mentioned earlier, I would love a Soul PRO or something which isn't built like a tank for beginners They have done UL versions in the past and I think it would be fantastic!