This is my first impression after three days with the Triton T1
How to understand the feel of T1 if never tried
The best way to make T1 (1700 cm²) behaviour understandable for users of stabi foils is a simplified
description of its profile. The T1 can be seen as a stabi foil with an about 1200 cm² front and a 400
cm² rear wing of around AR 5 which is just mounted a few cm behind the front wing and the gap is
filled, giving the current a better flow and avoiding two small pointy tips per side but remaining just a
very wide one. That way the T1 has at the same time many of the good behaviours of a stabi foil and
many of a pure single wing monofoil, or in short words as Mischa said:
“The best out of two worlds!”
Pressure point of different foils
Pressure point of a foil is connected but not to be mixed up with strut position which at least in some
homemade construction can be positioned independently. A way to understand T1 behaviour is
looking at position of its pressure point which is again in between the nearly centred of pure stabless
foils and the often completely outside of the wing positioned of a stabifoil. Details see here:
Board selection matching T1
For some reasons I would recommend a quite short and narrow board pretty much as the offered
Triton board is, even if I do not agree in all aspects with its shape, but as I have not ridden it yet I
don’t want to speculate here, just saying: I like the open track system but would recommend a V-
strap option. The outline and the volume is quite close to what I would go for. Due to the 1700 cm²
that work well in light wind as a before start drift stoper and the gentle take-off behaviour there is
just no big board needed. Even more I would be a bit worried at top speed that in case of a surfacing
to catapult, a too long nose combined with the 1700 cm² wing could create very high pull out forces
on the front screws, again combined with the pretty small 10,x cm plate connector screw spacing.
Last of all, destroying the compactness of a no external stabi foil due to a too big board would be too
Take-off behaviour and first acceleration
Not to be expectable from a monofoil the T1 has an extremely gentle take-off behind a kite without
any tendency to stall or over pitch or anything else seen on stabi or monofoils during my last 8 years
of foiling. As I remember all good foilers I have given the T1 just started within the first one or two
tries. The acceleration limited by its resistance is good and way better than you would expect when
counting the shape as a single monowing with an AR of around 2. As explained before it becomes
more predictable if you calculate the T1 as a 1200 cm² Wing with AR around 5 and a rear wing on a
short fuselage. So, the resistance / acceleration is especially after the first lift quite good but when
accelerating more a bit worse than my 1000 cm² AR 4,2 monofoil due to T1 implemented stabi, but
on the other hand likely better than most low to mid AR freeride stabi foils as the popular 633.
Nevertheless, you can accelerate the T1 to much higher speed than a pure monofoil which was for
me always limited to around 40 km/h, but then you will require much more power in your kite for
Riding straight and surfacing behaviour
Even if the 85 cm strut to me felt a bit short, the control is very good with a quite constant pressure
point over a wide speed range. With a span of just around 60 cm and a narrow board the foil can still
be tilted well and bubbles from tip breathings will be blown away very well. Even more, when riding
straight at speed it also can avoid surfacing by itself to a quite good amount. Just if you really surface
when riding straight you will feel the stabi foil effect: The pressure point turns 20 cm backwards
which causes you to catapult immediately in contrast to a pure monofoil that keeps pressure point
always constant. That is why it also won’t be drift able, as the Spleene Monofoil is very well, even if
knowing this problem, I tried and the result was as expected. The only way to drift it IMO is, to jump
it flat 180° and then drift it tail first, tried it a bit and think it will work with more exercise.
Footswitches Jibes and Tacks
I think as the Triton with its positive pitch is closer to a stabi foil those with stabi foil experience
should tell, I learned switching after a while, but I am too much into pure monofoiling here. Jibes
obviously are easy and tacks I would say even easier than on a stabi foil, as you can progressively
shortcut the turn if you lack of speed, while on the rails of a stabi foil you are forced to turn slowly
and in a more constant curve that can force you to land before you have ended your tack.
Jumping with the T1
As any monofoil there is no risk of being blocked in the water when pitch angle and kite lift are not
synchronised perfectly, combined with the high speed that is controllable even if thinking of the T1
as a 1200 cm² wing, it just jumps great out of the water. What I haven’t expected, e.g., when doing a
backflip, you can land it pretty easily full flying. As the same like when surfacing a tip there is nearly
no chance to stall the wing due to a bubble on the wings low pressure side. And as any monofoil in
this moment it also profits again from pitch manoeuvrability. So you can cut in at high angle to avoid
any bubbles but then still pitch up fast enough before touch down, while an in pitch inflexible
stabifoil more likely will spin out in the landing or nose crash. Just the size of the T1 you will feel
negatively with the full 1700 cm² if you land it flat without second lift which should be avoided to
prevent damage from you and your stuff. With 3,1 kg Foil offs and Ons are not limited by the foil as
well, just have not done one jet in the short testing time, as it takes a bit of getting used to the
different weight distribution.
The best of it all
Having seen the nice review video with rodeo ride of kiteboarding.com
told me that the pitch stability of the T1 has to be awesome for a monofoil, as even riding a normal
race foil with extra tiny stabi is difficult to do it rodeo (sitting). As I have always been a big friend of
rodeo rides and even did a last excursion to stabifoiling for one day just to make a video of that 4
I was very interested to ride the T1 rodeo and in fact nearly half of my overall testing time I did so.
The result was even better than expected. After just about half an hour I was able to do all jibes,
360s, tacks sitting as used on a stabifoil, even more I have done several well controlled Caneri mans
(lying). Caneri man is much harder than rodeo as you have very few body parts available to move for
balancing. But when I was changing boards outside to show others the T1 and so being forced to ride
other people’s stabifoils, which is a bit under my dignity to do it by foot, so mostly rodeo again. I
realised that the problem you often have with the Caneri man that on the rails of the stabi foil you
often surface because of the lack of bodys movability to fast pitch it down with force, has been gone
on the T1. So not sure if trying Caneri man with the T1 the very first time is the best, but if you have
ever done it, I highly recommend to try it with the T1. I already have a manoeuvre in mind I always
wanted to try, but now I think with the T1 I found the perfect foil for it, I will tell, when I had success.
So, watch out for fast and low flying persons on your spots, when there are more T1s around!
Weaknesses of the T1
- Glide Ratio is not so high as best stabifoils for Winging or medium AR pure monofoils,
so especially for light wind I do not recommend it for Winging, pumping it up can be
quite hard (respecting, I have already used 500 cm² monofoils for Winging)
- There is a slight wobbling in roll and yaw that shows up at different speeds and
situations, acceptable but likely also avoidable with some improvements
- I was not able to pump it as I can do with my 1100 cm² 6,6 High Aspect pure
monofoil. So, for this single discipline, it feels actually like a bad mixture out of the
- The strut connection system on both sides is ok, but improvable, especially plate
length feels too short, but the strut itself is good for kiting and the serial shim option
is a good idea.
- Personally, I would prefer a longer strut of around 95 cm, especially for rodeo ride
maybe even up to 105 cm
- Personally, I don’t like floating wings for some reasons, but I know that is first about
profile and then you have to see and maybe accept if it floats or not.
- Personally, I miss some pure monofoil only advantages like surfacing behaviour with
constant pressure point, that avoids catapults and allows drifts. But respecting that
T1 is not a pure monofoil, this can’t be named as a weakness but is part of the
system to be accepted
The Spleene Monofoil is the absolute drift champion but without the need to name it a one trick
pony for that, it seems clear that the T1 shines instead in nearly all other disciplines.
For whom a stabilised monofoil as the T1 is made for
All foilers that do not feel at home on a pure monofoil yet but are looking for a foil with an extremely
wide range of use cases and manoeuvrability that is unreachable with a stabi foil.
I think most foilers who already spent their money for several front and back wings and their time to
discuss the best combination and shims, would profit in any way to just take a T1 and go out to ride
it. It is the beauty of the simplicity.
Why I stay with pure monofoils
Even if I will hardly miss the Caneri man abilities of the T1 a lot, for now I will stay with my monofoils.
As in my region we are facing gusty low winds and if you do not enjoy swimming back with big race
kites, it is the extremely low drag of a pure monofoil that gives you most flying time under a kite or a
Further reasons to go for monofoil needed?
Can you store your stabi foil fully assembled in your car and if yes what sort of car? In my case it is a
Japanese microcar (2012 I-MiEV) and I can store not one or two but three fully assembled monofoil
boards, one of them a 146 cm x 72 l Wingfoil board. Ok, co-driver seat with … reduced comfort
Just go try it with whatever car you have with stabi foils. If it is not a pickup truck, then good luck.