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The kite size mistake

Postby Toby » Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:16 pm

I thought I will explain why not to buy a 9 and 12 m kite. Everybody has it, not everybody should have it! Explained - hopefully clearly - why is that. Clearly? Sure?

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Re: The kite size mistake

Postby Havre » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:02 pm

I don´t completely disagree, but 9 and 12 gives most riders a good starting point to cover "all" conditions. If the quiver is only 2 kites then I agree 9 and 12 obviously will not work for everybody. If you are a TT rider going for 3 or 4 kites then 9 and 12 makes sense almost regardless of weight. 7 - 9 - 12 or 9 - 12 - 17.

I am heavy. So I got 9 - 12 - 17. Mainly because it just overlaps nicely riding a TT. And even going to South Africa, Tarifa and Brazil I have never used a smaller kite than 9 (I also got a 7 I got dirty cheap €50, but I have never tried it).

If you are lighter then 7 - 9 - 12 should cover you in most cases.

To me 9 and 12 as a rule of thumb makes sense (for TT at least), but obviously not in all cases.

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Re: The kite size mistake

Postby Exal » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:22 pm

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Re: The kite size mistake

Postby PullStrings » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:59 pm

Don't have time to make mistakes
5-6-8-10-12-14-17 sizes
Plus bar/lines attached on each one of them

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Re: The kite size mistake

Postby grigorib » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:11 pm

- Body weight matters
- Experience matters
- Wind speeds and quality (gusts/lulls) at your usual spot matter (don't bring your 13m to Gorge, don't bring your 5m to San Diego)
- Conditions (waves/currents/airtemps) matter
- Board type/size matters
- Kite brand/year matters (10m Rally 2012 is same size as 9m Rally 2016-2019)
- Kite geometry matters (foiling with 5m Turbine feels suicidal while 5m SST is a walk in a park)
- Line length matters (I'd much rather foil in lighter winds with 7m on 30m lines than with 9m on 22m lines. However in stronger winds I'd rather jump with 9m on 22m lines than on 7m with 30m lines. Or for door board I'd rather ride 15m on 37m lines than 17m on 27m lines)

And once you account for all of that you realize that large kites are slow and you'd rather fly a smaller size and/or pick a different board :)

But overall as long as you space kite sizes in 30% steps it gives you good quiver to use.

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Re: The kite size mistake

Postby jj83 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:37 pm

I owned every kite size from 7m -13.5m in multiple brands over the last 2 years before I settled on a quiver that works for me:

8/9/10m XR6 on 22m lines for big air (20-45 knots) and strapless (15-30 knots)
13.5m XR6 on 24m lines for old school (15-30 knots)

I travel to find strong wind spots though and being on the right size kite for big air makes for a more enjoyable session for me.

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Re: The kite size mistake

Postby Windigo1 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:35 pm

Lol... I have 3 quivers including almost every size from 5m to 22m and in the end I use 12m and 9m the most!

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