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Peak (foil kite) Poll

For all foil kite riders

Do have a dedicated bar for each Peak (or foil kite)

Poll ended at Fri Sep 22, 2023 12:50 am

Yes.
19
46%
No.
17
41%
I would but too expensive.
5
12%
 
Total votes: 41

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Re: Peak (foil kite) Poll

Postby Flyboy » Sun Sep 17, 2023 3:12 pm

PugetSoundKiter wrote:
Sun Sep 17, 2023 6:08 am
since I use the kites underpowered.
- 18m Bar = 6m Peak, 8m & 6.2m Clouds (12-18mph)
- 15m Bar = 5m & 4m Peak (15-22 & 18-27 mph)
Seems like a lot of wind for those sizes.

I was removing the kite leash from my old harness and noticed that the safety release on it doesn't work at all - I mean I can tug away at it forever & it won't release. In 23 years of kiting I have never had to use the safety release on my kite. I've probably only had to deploy the CL QR three or four times. Using the Peaks, it seems particularly pointless - is it worth having a leash on the Peaks at all?
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Re: Peak (foil kite) Poll

Postby alekbelia » Sun Sep 17, 2023 4:18 pm

2 years ago I switched to as simple carbon bars as possible for all my singleskin kites. No depower, no safety (I use them with hf and ski).
Make the kite lines myself and they become so precise that they don't need any leveling, even after a year of use.
The smallest bar is 30 cm long and I use it on a 2.5 sq.m singleskin Click kite. The bar for Peak5 2.5 is 40 cm long.

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Re: Peak (foil kite) Poll

Postby PugetSoundKiter » Sun Sep 17, 2023 5:35 pm

Flyboy wrote:
Sun Sep 17, 2023 3:12 pm
PugetSoundKiter wrote:
Sun Sep 17, 2023 6:08 am
since I use the kites underpowered.
- 18m Bar = 6m Peak, 8m & 6.2m Clouds (12-18mph)
- 15m Bar = 5m & 4m Peak (15-22 & 18-27 mph)
Seems like a lot of wind for those sizes.
Ok, 8m Cloud I agree should have grouped it with the 8m Peak for windspeeds but I think it pairs well with 18m lines. Wanna avoid turning this thread into a +/- wind speed debate. I’m 90kg, on a 1100cm2 old foil, not an expert, and prefer not to swim when the wind drops off. The lower number is the preferred wind for me (not minimum) and the higher number is when it stops being fun for me, even depowered (probably not the absolute maximum). No advice here, just sharing my opinion, which will probably change with more experience and different gear.
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Re: Peak (foil kite) Poll

Postby Trent hink » Sun Sep 17, 2023 8:51 pm

Its a weird question.

Of course it would be more convenient to have a dedicated bar for every foil!

Though it's faster and easier to just change bars rather than add/remove line extensions.

Back in the day, all Flysurfer kites, and most of the other brands came with a dedicated bar. Its just too expensive, and it's only a little bit extra time if you have sort the lines to add a bar.

If you keep the bar on the kite, you only have to sort the bridles out past the line connectors, and you can do it before you unwind the lines all the way, so it's much faster and more convenient, but it's no big deal and still it's still faster than pumping up an lei.
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Re: Peak (foil kite) Poll

Postby darippah » Mon Sep 18, 2023 1:31 pm

(carbon) bars and especially lines don't last forever... So having one for each kite, although a high upfront cost, in the long run costs doesn't cost extra

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Re: Peak (foil kite) Poll

Postby Flyboy » Mon Sep 18, 2023 3:30 pm

darippah wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2023 1:31 pm
(carbon) bars and especially lines don't last forever... So having one for each kite, although a high upfront cost, in the long run costs doesn't cost extra
I don't about carbon bars ... but the two bars I use for foiling are ancient and the lines are spliced together from various line sets dating back 10 - 15 years. They're holding up fine. The amount of stress on the bar/lines when foiling with Peaks is minimal. I have two other newer bars that I use with my SB, but they are relatively heavy and the line set up on them is significantly different from the set up for the Peaks.

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Re: Peak (foil kite) Poll

Postby bitxopalo » Mon Sep 18, 2023 6:40 pm

I am using this diy gatchets to allow bar change, without taking the kite out of its bag.

Is fast and unexpensive, just needs some Rubber rings and plastic bar with L section. (cold beer is optional but I reccomend it)

My 3,5 and 6 peaks are sharing bar. Pulsion 6 and 9 too.

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Re: Peak (foil kite) Poll

Postby IWantToFly » Tue Sep 19, 2023 3:41 am

bitxopalo wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2023 6:40 pm
I am using this diy gatchets to allow bar change, without taking the kite out of its bag.
I’m looking forward to seeing this but your link is broken.
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Re: Peak (foil kite) Poll

Postby bitxopalo » Tue Sep 19, 2023 6:48 am

Thanks IWantToFly
Hope you can see it now


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