Because? You like pumping 20m+ kites?Toby wrote: ↑Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:03 amBut in want a tube not a foil.foilholio wrote: ↑Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:00 amYou answered your own question. A 21m especially race type foil like Sonic will do what you want. I am sure too if you wanted more power Flysurfer would mail you free a one off of any size you wanted, 25m?. The Rhino 20m is not even as good as a 15m foil for lift and hang..Toby wrote: What I wish for is a kite that gives me the power of my 18 in 20-25 knots, but for 15-20 knots... Like a big foil kite delivers...
I would argue foils are safer to launch and in general.Toby wrote:Safer launching
In what way? Tubes are easier to feel and control if that is what you are alluding?Toby wrote:Better handling
Not really an issue, as they relaunch fine. Given if you are kiting in lagoons making it to shore is not really a problem either.Toby wrote:Safer if can't relaunch
Not really an issue when experienced. Though it can be when you start with them.Toby wrote:No spaghetti
I don't need a pump or anything electric to kite. Pumping does suck though and is one thing that has me liking foils. The main thing about foils I like is despite their seeming complication the experience is actually very good especially to handling for launching and landing, though then I am very experienced with them. If you are sold against them I can understand, having listened Ralf Grosel there most definitely has been a negative foil push from a few industry insiders. I am and a few others are quite lucky that the likes of those like Armin at flysurfer persisted against it. Flysurfer is lucky they lost Ralf so early! Boards and More must have quite a marketing team to overcome their design deficit!Toby wrote:Have electric pump.
If this new generation of inflatable kites do weigh the same as equivalent size foil kites, will foil kites have any advantages over inflatable kites and if so, what are they?
I dont know much about Ralf Grösel other than listening to the podcast by Rou Chater. What makes you think that Ralf's designs are inferior to other brands? Since when did Ralf become designer for Boards&More (North/Duotone)?
Exactly....no more Need of foil kite now ...exept for pro race rider and some groupies foil lovers (every year less luckily)...
Assisted launch yes, but self launch no way. Interestingly assisted land for foil could be argued as better.jakemoore wrote: Ive got to say LEI have a clear advantage for safe launch when lit up. Both tethered self launch and assisted launch.
You ask for a kite that does something, and it exists but won't use it. Whatever.Toby wrote: not trying to persuade you. Don't try to persuade me, no chance
There already exists tube kites lighter than some foils, but those tubes as strutless have their own disadvantages. Yes making a tube kite lighter will close the gap to a foil kite but you forget that the same materials that make a tube lighter are also available to foil kites and will infact be more effective on them because of their flexible nature which stresses fabric less. Infact people have already used such materials in one offs. But in spite of that what will remain for foils after tube kites are lighter? Efficiency so they will still go upwind better, jump higher and longer and win all the races. Durability, you won't make a tube kite more durable by making it lighter and it's the flexible nature of a foil that makes it more durable, those will stay the same. In fact tubes are looking to become more rigid and use higher pressure which will bring more of these issues. Leaks, not anywhere the issue they are on tubes. Self inflation, ain't it great. Fast setup, with lines attached and self inflation, setup can be incredibly quick. Much more self landing and launching possibilities through more capabilities, can you swim out with an underinflated tube and launch it from the water? land it where you stand? Drift may still be better or not I am not sure, making a tube lighter will certainly improve that for them. That's all that comes to mind. When foils use the same materials they will just be a little better at the price of more cost and less durability. For certain making tubes lighter will lessen some differences for light wind. Although it will be possible to make a foil that static flys in 1-3knots I think kiting that low is not something many people will have an interest in. The main disadvantage I think with tubes as they can fly in less wind as they become lighter will be the inefficiency of their shape, that could possibly improve though.iriejohn wrote: If this new generation of inflatable kites do weigh the same as equivalent size foil kites, will foil kites have any advantages over inflatable kites and if so, what are they?
Nothing really they are all much equally bad. As I commented in another thread because of the surprisingly low volume of gear there is not much hope in kiteboarding for the gear to improve much. Using new materials is not any sort of effort on a designers part. Smart people working hard will make better gear. It is not surprising that a brand like Flysurfer ,which cut it's own path with Foils quite successfully, that when they came out with tube kites they where the best on the market and probably still are. What is surprising is how gear is received and perceived in the market. This is a very image driven sport and those that can have the best image, so have what is perceived the best riders, videos, and gear win the sales. For certain there has to be an acceptable level of capability in the products, but it has surprised me over the years just what shit some of these companies can sell and it was shit.dave1986 wrote: What makes you think that Ralf's designs are inferior to other brands?
We will see. I don't think by making tubes lighter it will offer enough for me to want to own them but it will certainly make them more enjoyable to fly. Foils will still offer the best value for money and I think user experience. You ain't going to improve that with tubes by making them more expensive and I think more likely to get leaks and break. If a brand like Pansh can just improve a little bit more it will be interesting to see what they do to kiteboarding. It is hard even with slick marketing to stand against a competitor with 1/2 the price let alone 1/10 in some cases from Pansh. They eviscerated the land kiting market.Kitenuovoman wrote: Exactly....no more Need of foil kite now ...exept for pro race rider and some groupies foil lovers (every year less luckily)...
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