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Shoulder friendly freeride kites?

Postby SpaceRacer » Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:42 am

Hi, which free ride kites are the most shoulder friendly; i.e. with the lightest bar pressure and shortest throw?

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Re: Shoulder friendly freeride kites?

Postby Sun » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:47 am

I have flown many kites in on the lighter side of the spectrum, including ones which some people find too light like the Best TS.

Lightest by far is the Ozone Hyperlink. Depower throw is short too. Does require more turning input than LEI kites, but it should be the easiest on your shoulders. I am sure the FS Soul is similar.

Otherwise, look below and find a kite rated 10/10 for bar pressure:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2402298

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Re: Shoulder friendly freeride kites?

Postby Macster » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:11 am

Bandit and Ozone Enduro have light bar pressure but not freeride kites

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Re: Shoulder friendly freeride kites?

Postby Macster » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:14 am

Also my wife flies the enduro on the 45cm wakestyle bar which has a short throw (still 4 lines) without any performance issue in sizes below 12m and the kite has a freeride setting which I haven't tried.

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Re: Shoulder friendly freeride kites?

Postby Macster » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:17 am

Lastly, I also owned the ozone hyperlink and I think the enduro is similar if not lighter but you need long bar throw on a foil kite to control it. I also own the 8m and 12m soul but they have heavier pressure than both IMHO.

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Re: Shoulder friendly freeride kites?

Postby iriejohn » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:55 am

Macster wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:11 am
Bandit and Ozone Enduro have light bar pressure but not freeride kites
The Ozone Enduro isn't a "freeride kite"? Have a word with Ozone about that. :wink:
Ozone website wrote:FREERIDE: For Freeriders the Enduro excels no matter what board you choose to ride. Whether on a twin tip, surfboard or foil board the smooth power delivery, refined predictable handling and excellent de-power allows you to relax and enjoy the ride.
Macster wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:14 am
Also my wife flies the enduro on the 45cm wakestyle bar which has a short throw (still 4 lines) without any performance issue in sizes below 12m and the kite has a freeride setting which I haven't tried.
The Freeride setting is the default factory delivered setting (the middle of three settings in the centre of the kite) so unless it's been changed since delivery that's what she's using.

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Re: Shoulder friendly freeride kites?

Postby matth » Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:23 pm

I'm pretty sure the Bandit is also considered a free ride kite..

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Re: Shoulder friendly freeride kites?

Postby purdyd » Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:02 pm

I think the three strut north/Duotone evo is on the light side especially when flown with the most rearward knot attachment point for the steering lines.

I don’t think it is a short throw kite.

And I have found some kites to be quite light when on the powered side and can be a lot of work in the lighter side of their range.

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Re: Shoulder friendly freeride kites?

Postby foilholio » Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:35 pm

Light bar pressure and short throw are opposing functions. To reduce the effort you must increase the distance.

For example the A15 has the lightest bar pressure but longest throw.

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Re: Shoulder friendly freeride kites?

Postby Macster » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:31 pm

iriejohn wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:55 am
Macster wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:11 am
Bandit and Ozone Enduro have light bar pressure but not freeride kites
The Ozone Enduro isn't a "freeride kite"? Have a word with Ozone about that. :wink:
Ozone website wrote:FREERIDE: For Freeriders the Enduro excels no matter what board you choose to ride. Whether on a twin tip, surfboard or foil board the smooth power delivery, refined predictable handling and excellent de-power allows you to relax and enjoy the ride.
Macster wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:14 am
Also my wife flies the enduro on the 45cm wakestyle bar which has a short throw (still 4 lines) without any performance issue in sizes below 12m and the kite has a freeride setting which I haven't tried.
The Freeride setting is the default factory delivered setting (the middle of three settings in the centre of the kite) so unless it's been changed since delivery that's what she's using.
Yes, I mentioned it has a freeride setting but that we dont use that. We use freestyle or wave (foiling).

I always thought free ride kites are detuned and slower to achieve a park and ride feel. The Bandit (surf oreintated) and Enduro (crossover) are fast and dont fit those characteristics. But anyway, call them freeride.


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