geopeck wrote:One simple solution I'm going to try to make happen this winter - skis. I'm a shitty skier but when it's deep powder the ski guys in my spot are outfunning me for sure.
Hard pack make everything easier. but kite size also depends on the air temp and elevation. A common mistake we see water riders make is they see the wind blowing 20kts and throw up the kite they use in 20kts on water. But cold air is much more dense and offers a lot more bang for the buck than warm winds.we wrote:OP, are you flying the right kite size? You need power to get going. In hard pack conditions, you can get away with small kites even trainers. In deep powder, you probably need close to the same kite size as water kiting.
Another reason I really like the Jones ultra boards, Sintered 9900 BaseHardwater Kiter wrote: The problem with waxing snowboards is there are few snowboards that have sintered bases. Meaning carbon sint is impregnated into the Ptex. This carbon absorbs wax and releases it over time while in use. Skis generally have this. Boards usually just have extruded bases as a cost cutting measure. There's a lot of base on a board vs. skis.
If you have an extruded base, hot waxing (which is the best way to ensure you have a well waxed base) does little but put wax on the surface. The surface wax with a kite, wears off quickly. So carrying a rub on wax while you ride can be very important.
With a sintered base, one hot waxes and let's it set. Heat and time will induce absorption of the wax into the sint. The longer it sits, the better the absorption. Hot boxes are used for high end tunes and assist in this as you wax and store the ski in the hot box where it will be kept warm to ensure optimal absorption.
you could get into the whole base structure discussion as well but I'm sure at this point you guys are probably bored to death.
Are you riding grand mesa this weekend? I could be up for a day trip down that way this Saturday, we haven't had much snow up in Summit County yet. My 15m is my favorite size, still floaty on jumps like my 18 but can handle higher winds.Anthonyshopguy wrote:Hey Wayne totally sick. God I would love to have some turns like that! I have recently purchased a new kite to deal with the power issue that I feel plagued me last winter. 15M slingshot Turbine. Unfortunately I had a one on one experience with some volcanic rock about 3 months ago and had to get it repaired. 15M is a big step up from my frenzy 11 and I want to wait for prime conditions or have some much more experienced riders around to get advice from. I ride with my good friend Todd but we are both about the same level and of the two of us I'm the more aggressive. So I'll keep you all posted on how this progresses, man, I want to fly that new kite bad!!!!!! PS 6 more inches of powder on The Grand Mesa. It's a solid 36" of powder. I could really use some sunny days to harden that surface a little.
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