The bigger sizes (12m & 15m) are strutless and this is where, in my opinion, you have the main advantage. The reduced weight giving Improved turning speed, drift and reverse re-launch in light winds. These characteristics aren't an issue with the smaller sizes in stronger winds. So, it seems a solid design philosophy to just have struts on the smaller sizes?
Just weighed the storm 12m v3 at 2.66kg. Kite only and in a lightweight ripstop bag. Kite is probably not bone dry but it's not wet either. By comparison a Fone Bandit 12m weighed in at 3.52kg. Only got one Storm.
Ha, ha, this is the extreme/hurricane conlditions, not the merely 30kn:
Totally agree. The Cloud completely validates the concept of strutless small kites. There doesn't seem to be any disadvantages to not having any struts on the smaller clouds. I don't understand why they would want to move back into a crowded pack with a single/three? strutted offering.Starsky wrote: ↑Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:22 pmYeah maybe. But the smaller clouds have loads of fans. All the praise I've read about Gong kites are for the small sizes.
Obviously structure helps top end range. A cloud rider would tell you to size down. I guess it depends on what your after. A kite you can lean back against, or super nimble dexterity in a kite.
Even one strut makes for a massive change in how the kite behaves. That ability to sheet out and let the fabric luff the kite to a near instant stop is one of the unique characteristics of strutless kites.
Can't personally comment on relaunch but in http://kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=19 ... dt#p965065 Wielandt says "If the Storm Voyager drops and have to be relaunched it a pice of cake to get up again" & "The Storm get going in next to no wind and as I mentioned before is very very easy to relaunch. For some reason, also easier than the Gong's". Sounds like he has quite a bit of experience with these, so might be worth getting in touch.
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