I am 99% sure every Speed kite generation easily beats Pulsion if efficiency is defined as it usually is: low end, upwind performance, boosting. Indeed very hard to understand how kite with much higher AR, more cells and less bridle drag could be less efficient.
Ok, but this kind of approach is quite irrelevant to most kiters and it also gets much too much visibility here. Your light wind skills and capabilities are respectable but I must say it doesn't give that much for "normal" kiters or it may be even misleading.Regis-de-giens wrote: ↑Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:58 pmI was just talking about absolute low end riding vs "old FS speeds" in the wind conditions when kite hardly flies in the air.
Not perfomance in the meaning of speed/upwind which is not the topic of this thread.
About fun in very light wind : i personally like it, but if the material is adapted (agile and forgiving for big lulls for both kite and foil wing). I see it as a different sport as "normal" kiteboarding, but is is personal taste indeed.i do not like waiting on the beach and have too much concrete around me for fun VTT .
Racing bikes are the epitome of a mid life crisis industry based on "spend to win". An olympic bike is 100s of thousands of dollars.deniska wrote: ↑Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:43 amin any gear-based sport, pushing the limits will cost ya.. since you mentioned biking, a friend of mine spent $10k on a triathlon bike and he is neither rich nor top triathlon champ.. just likes to perfect a bit in his gig.. So yes, you can kitesurf with a boogie board and ikea bag.. but that may not be as ideal as proper setup.. And you can have plenty of fun boosting race foils/hydrofoils in 10kts, just have to invest in gear and skills..Kiterisland wrote: ↑Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:25 amIt is true. Every extra knot of low end under 10-12kts adds probably $1000 to your quiver when moving into foils and foil kites. But some places you need this if you want to get out often. If you can’t afford it then just go biking or something. Stick to 10kts+, leave under ten knots to the rich old guys. We will Catch up eventually . Average age in my local spots is 50+. Im always the youngest by far and I’m in my 30s . Hope gear doesn’t get much more expensive.
The only way I can see to make a kite that is better than a modern ultralight foil kite for very low winds is either:
Well, from what I heard it's supposed to be the five strut Aluula looking kite from an earlier movie of him. Do the Ocean Rodeo's Flites Aluula fly in 3 knots? And those are 3 strut...dave1986 wrote: ↑Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:01 amThe only way I can see to make a kite that is better than a modern ultralight foil kite for very low winds is either:
1) Use extremely thin light fabric that is so fragile it is unlikely to withstand crashes or even 1 season of use.
2) Use more expensive lightweight materials like Aluula/ cuben fibre.
I think only option 2 is practically feasible. We have yet to see a foil kite made from high-tech materials like Aluula or cuben fibre. I would be interested to see this!
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