A few knots. Yes its significant. Cloud, 1 Strut, and Deluxe cloth Flysurfer all appeared before hydrofoil became popular. In riding downwind on a wave 5 strut falls before 3, then 1 strut. Foil kites are in another league. No doubt lower weight, and more even distribution of weight matter as much as air resistance in falling. Single skin are almost magic in terms of staying in the air. Yes some brands 1 strut kites are heavy and some have relatively lighter 3 strut. Weight matters.Matteo V wrote: ↑Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:48 pm
On a LEI, what do you think the difference is in stall speed on a standard kite construction vs light weight construction? Statistically significant?
Once you hit zero wind speed at the kite, the displacement of the kite is the only force keeping the kite up, until it starts to fall and resistance to falling includes area presented to the air it is falling through. Foil kites stay up better because of this "displacement", though that may be a somewhat inaccurate term for it.
matrium wrote: ↑Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:28 pmThat's exactly what my initial idea was. But jakemoore raised some good points where weight could be important, the biggest one for me would be lulls. But than again, what good is a kite that stays in the air on a lull when then wind is too weak to actually pull me? Might as well drop onto the water, our local lake is so shallow you can walk through the whole thing and I am confident to relaunch even in weak conditions because I can WALK backwards.
True statement in general.
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