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Re: Choosing a foil kite

Postby dave1986 » Mon Jul 05, 2021 7:26 pm

Turbaani wrote:
Mon Jul 05, 2021 7:21 pm
sonny2727 wrote:
Mon Jul 05, 2021 2:56 am
With your style of riding and race oriented hydrofoil wings you have a similar setup to mine - I do have the 637 wing so you have the option to add this as well. If I were you my pick is Chrono 13 as this will give you better upwind and less bar pressure - also soul gets overpowered on hydrofoil - not a problem on TT with the massive amount of edging Problem is if you go with Soul or any low aspect kite soon you'd want a higher aspect kite so long term best kite is something like Sonic 3 if you know how to handle. I don't think Sonic is that difficult as the kite is pretty stable.
This is my biggest concern with the fatter profile Soul, if it feels overpowered / draggy in high speeds and I want to upgrade after 20 sessions. Like mentioned before it will only be used with hydrofoil.
Sounds to me like you should choose a Chrono V4. The Chrono is an ideal light wind freerace kite. Lighter than the Soul and lighter than the Sonic. And the Chrono sits between the Soul and Sonic for performance too.

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Re: Choosing a foil kite

Postby Nem0 » Mon Jul 05, 2021 8:20 pm

Have a look at this kites!
Light as a single skin!
Fast turning as your LEI!
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Re: Choosing a foil kite

Postby Turbaani » Mon Jul 05, 2021 8:29 pm


I’ve ridden the W800, it’s a good wing for free race, quick enough and easy to used with big foil kites.
I’ve used the 10 Soul up to about 16 knots comfortably, it will go higher but then water conditions make using a small race wing challenging and I go to my Clouds or wingfoil.
I owned the 12 Soul too, great kite, had it in 15 knots but once again water conditions tend to suit a different set up. I sold it to get the 15 as I wanted to progress my tacks in the lighter air.
The Sonic 15 has the same top end, it’s thinner so handles higher wind. But over 15 knots we get big chop and the crashes at high speed can be nasty. 8-10 knots on any of the kites is the magic zone, smooth water and high speeds.
Hehe sonics top end sounds good. We have really nice flat conditions here if the wind is less then 18 knots. A Rocky bank breaks all the waves and then they split to a bay, so very flat. But never good waves. NEVER :(

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Re: Choosing a foil kite

Postby Turbaani » Mon Jul 05, 2021 11:17 pm

dave1986 wrote:
Mon Jul 05, 2021 7:26 pm
Turbaani wrote:
Mon Jul 05, 2021 7:21 pm
sonny2727 wrote:
Mon Jul 05, 2021 2:56 am
With your style of riding and race oriented hydrofoil wings you have a similar setup to mine - I do have the 637 wing so you have the option to add this as well. If I were you my pick is Chrono 13 as this will give you better upwind and less bar pressure - also soul gets overpowered on hydrofoil - not a problem on TT with the massive amount of edging Problem is if you go with Soul or any low aspect kite soon you'd want a higher aspect kite so long term best kite is something like Sonic 3 if you know how to handle. I don't think Sonic is that difficult as the kite is pretty stable.
This is my biggest concern with the fatter profile Soul, if it feels overpowered / draggy in high speeds and I want to upgrade after 20 sessions. Like mentioned before it will only be used with hydrofoil.
Sounds to me like you should choose a Chrono V4. The Chrono is an ideal light wind freerace kite. Lighter than the Soul and lighter than the Sonic. And the Chrono sits between the Soul and Sonic for performance too.
Chrono is definately getting some votes here. Sounds good. I will check if its available to demo here. Almost noone ride ozone here, can't recall if I've seen a ozone chrono.

I am not familiar with pricing on these kites. What would be considered as a good price for a 13m chrono or similiar sized FS kite?

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Re: Choosing a foil kite

Postby derek440 » Mon Jul 05, 2021 11:38 pm

Another good option is the Gin Spirit, its lighter than a Soul and slightly higher AR, its probalby more similar to a Chrono V4 but cheaper with same high quality build as both built in the best paraglider construction factories (like Soul).

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Re: Choosing a foil kite

Postby addictedtofoil » Sat Jul 24, 2021 2:38 am

I just upgraded to a Chrono v4 11m, and have Chrono V3 UL 9m, and Hyperlink V2 9m. I am 95-100kgs, and ride foiling w800/400 and for boosting big airs 695/400
11m - 10-17 knots
9m 13-25 knots

Chrono's are great, but they don't like gusty conditions (i.e. westerlies in Sydney winter), that's where the hyperlink is better.

I have a Chrono V3 UL 9m and 11m for sale on seabreeze in great condition, selling as upgraded.

Relaunch on the Chrono is more trickier than Hyperlink, however if there is sufficient wind 95% of the time there are no issues relaunching, but I am an experienced kiter. Sometimes I have had to pack kite down and swim in i.e. bowtie etc and you have a short window to decide to pack down or not, otherwise the kite can take on water and sink.


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