Johnnyrotten204 wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 23, 2024 6:34 am
I'm curious, with the increasing options for hybrid single skin kites, if there's a consensus on which is closest to a water relaunching peak (v4/v5). Off the top there's Firefly, Marabou, Alma and Hybrid. Anything come close to having a similar mix of drift/power spike in the loops? Wife is generally annoyed watching me kite in the ocean with a kite she knows doesn't guarantee a relaunch haha. Will probably transition the quiver over time if I can find something roughly equivalent.
From what I gather, Hybrid drifts better but significantly decreased power, Marabou has solid power but drifts worse...
You are pretty accurate...the hybrid has much less power. This can be somewhat fixed with LONG lines but then the docile handling becomes even less agile. Agility can be somewhat fixed by making the steering lines MUCH shorter(like 8-10cm shorter) but then the already high bar pressure is significantly increased. There's no fix to that. My shoulder will scream at me so much more after a session of riding the Hybrid 2.5m compared to a session on the Marabou2 8m.
The Marabou2 is basically the same profile as the Peak5(look below. That's the 6ms on top of each other and except for the wing tips, they are basically the SAME). I would say the Marabou2 and Peak5 drift very similar. If you just ride into the kite hard, both the Marabou2 and Peak5 have a tendency to lose shape starting at one wing tip. Keeping tension on the steering lines basically stops this completely and when it does act like this, it's still really easy to recover.
The Hybrid drifts easier but if you really push it, will also lose shape. Hybrid is harder to self land, and takes much longer to inflate. It doesn't really pivot turn(still it's so backstall prone) and it won't surge forward when you sheet out which I need constantly. To me the Hybrid is just is not a light wind kite where you need certain characteristics like being able to put it in the wind window where you want it and be able to turn it on a dime, backstall while you are riding into it, etc etc.
I would like to see more internal pressure on the Marabou3 next time around. No adjustable bridle and having a zipper on a kite are also cons to me but it is the closest to the Peak5 I've found and closest fit to my riding style. Try to get a demo or two in, you'll quickly see what will fit your style and what won't. I personally am at my point in progression that I don't want to have adapt to the kite, I want a kite that fits how I ride.