BOEMIX wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:34 pm
After doing a lot of swims lately with my chrono v2 15m, I'm considering to add a one strut kite when the wallet allows me to buy it.
Lately I noticed that when i foil in very light wind in my main spot (6-8 knots) there are mini wind switches of 45-90 degrees that make your kite fall out from sky no matter what you do. (by the way, I have learned to loop slow kites nicely) Then if you want to ride again you need to take a lot of care to not the tangle the lines of your kite or it's game over.
Do you think a One strut kite is going to handle well that kind of conditions?
Are wind ranges of one struts similar to foil kites?
Is relaunching one struts easy/hard?
Why one struts are bad boosting kites?
Which size of one strut is going to be the best to have the best low end paired with a freeride foil board (ketos) and a 90 kg rider over it?
Thank you very much!
My 5 cents on this:
Yes, a one strut or no-strut kite will handle such conditions perfectly, no doubt, they can take a huge amount of "gusts/shifts" from the sides - where the racefoilkite will collapse easy.
No, wind ranges of these kites can NOT match the racefoilkites, as the latter got way more lowend and peak power, but also a lot higher upper end.
Relaunching one or no strut kites are just the same as you are used to with more strutted kites in more wind - but in marginal wind it might not be possible anyways.
One strut kites are not bad at boosting - many are just made with more depower than power thus not as good for boosting, whereas others are. But for boosting you need to be powered, and most one and no-strut kites will flap a lot in the upper end when turned sharp like in a jump, not optimal.
You should up in something around the 14-15 m2 range IMO, to have the best and most fun low end.
To add to above - I also use one and no-strut kites for 6-8 knots, a few times even 9 knots of wind (12 m2s for my 77 kg), and I always choose these over the racefoilkites whenever possible, eventhough they dont have the same lowend nor windrange, why ?
Because they turn so much faster, thus for freeride way more fun (for me), and if something happens, a mistake from me, a huge lull, whatever, the kite just floats in with me sitting on the board, comfy - and no tangle nor need to pack down - and you can just relaunch in a gust, or relaunch when on land, and ride again.
Not so with the racefoilkites, IF they go down
On the other hand, the racefoilkite is the only way to go in absolute utmost marginal winds because of their peak power spike
, BUT a huge risk that you drop them when around 5 knots - so I never use these when winter where the water is cold