a99 wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:34 am
Trent hink wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:28 pm
hongchew wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:43 pm
What's the low-end for the 8m?
Thanks for info of lowed. Still very different opinions about 8m or 5m loweds. Some said there in forum that 8m goes fro even 6/7 knots, some that only from 9/10 knots (and all quite the same weight as 70-85 kg), the same with peak 5m. Some from 8/9 knots some from 11/12 knots.
I tried to give good, reasonable estimates, but also say why my numbers might be off.
As foilhoilio pointed out, size of the foil makes a big difference. Size of the board can also make a difference, and with a bigger board and assuming that you can just get yourself up over the board, it is easier to pump the foil to get going. Line length and rider weight will make a difference. Of course skill will play a role.
I'm using an old slingshot Dwarfcraft and a 1200cm Chinese foil that has good lift, but can't go very fast compared to something like the Moses 633. (I really do need to upgrade!)
Wind gradient probably accounts for most of the wide variation in wind ranges given here. There can be a wide variation of measurement, especially under certain, not uncommon, conditions when a hand-held wind meter is used. A pole-mounted meter will give a much more accurate reading of the conditions up where the kite is flying, but you need to have one nearby to get a good measurement.
I very recently had one of my kiting buddies swear I was riding the 8 in 7 knots, and at ground-level that is what the wind was. But I could tell from the way the kite was flying and the way the tree tops were moving that the wind was really more like 10-11 knots up at kite level.
So I'd say my estimates for the 5 and 8 are accurate enough that at 10 knots anyone can expect the 8 meter to work well, and at 13 knots anyone can expect the 5 meter to work well.
There are plenty of reasons why you might
be able to ride in less, and one good reason why you might just think you are riding in less.