Great you are enjoying it too. I forgot to add about upwind....both sessions I noted I was more upwind than normal, wondered if maybe a slight change in wind angle, but thinking it must be something to do with wing profile.
If its worth 1000$ extra will depend on the size of the wallet of the people spending the money.
I am sure i will end up with 2 Aluula wings as my quiver.The material just has so many advantages for Wing construction...it is like carbon fiber vs regular fiberglass.No contest in most high perfo applications.OzBungy wrote: ↑Thu Sep 30, 2021 8:16 amI have a number of concerns, mostly about a mega-expensive wing.
The obvious one is that the canopy is still ripstop and foils are still pointy. I've punched holes in two wings in the first 10 hours of use. Annoying but no big deal. Tape it up and go for it. I would be extremely annoyed if I did that to my even more extremely expensive wing.
My kiting experience is that the dacron structural parts break ie. fatigue damage and split seams. The canopy gets torn, and more importantly the canopy is the part that wears out. Again, it would suck if my Aluula struts and leading edge were pristine and the rest of the wing was ragged out.
The reviews say the Aluula wings do everything that other wings do, but they do it a lot better. That's pretty good. I'm not sure "better" is worth a $1000 premium. I do just fine with my cheap and cheerful wingdings. If you're doing better than me it's because you have more skill. I doubt if a better wing will make you that much of a better rider.
Bow kites cost a heap more but gave us range and safety that we didn't have before. Foils are expensive but give us a whole world of on water experience that just wouldn't be possible in any other way. Aluula wings give us more of the same but a bit better.
Philosophically I decided long ago that wings and kites are consumable items. Use them hard. Take reasonable care of them. Replace them when they wear out. Part of that is that in an emergency I would happily jettison the kite or wing or whatever. I've never had to do that but it's reassuring to be able to. Not sure I'd be so sanguine about throwing away a wing that costs more than double the price.
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